Want a quick afternoon break from bar studying and summer research projects? Curious about how meditation can help you better focus, manage stress, communicate, and be happier? Stop by a Mindful Minute Study Break in the Law Library this summer, 3:30 every Wednesday.
The study breaks will be 15 minute to half-hour guided meditations. You don’t need any prior meditation experience – the guided meditations will tell you exactly what to do (basically, sit, breathe, & relax!). We’ll use guided meditations from the University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center, & other sources.
No need to sign-up ahead of time– just come on by the Law Library’s Fox Room (1st floor, across from the Circulation Desk). Each week’s meditation will have a different theme – here’s a schedule:
Law Library, Fox Room
(1st floor, across from Circulation Desk)
- Kristin Glover
This year the Library is offering a FREE graduation photo booth session from 2:30–4:30 on Sunday, May 18, in the Law Library circulation area! Images will be available immediately with the Law School logo and date. Get your friends, parents, and classmates together and stop by the Library for a special picture on your special date!
- Micheal Klepper
A wise law student once said, "Nothing beats exam period blues like a hot grilled cheese sandwich!" The Law Library staff heard that call and sprang to action. This Wednesday, April 30, law librarians Ben Doherty and Micheal Klepper will continue the tradition by donning their aprons and serving up those buttery sandwiches in all of their warm, cheesy goodness. Law students are invited to stop by MyLab between 6:00-7:00pm, or until supplies run out.
Best of luck with exams!
- The Law Library Staff
Studies show meditation helps you relax and focus your attention. The Law Library is hosting a series of meditation study breaks this week and during finals period. The U.Va. Mindfulness Center is guiding the first study break meditation this Wednesday (April 23), at 3:45 in the Law Library’s Klaus Room (second floor). No sign-up necessary, just come on by.
The finals period meditation study breaks will be in the Library’s first floor Oasis Room (the McBeal group study room near the Caplin Reading Room). The Oasis Room will be available throughout finals period (starting this Friday) as a space for you to retreat away from your books, outlining, and papers. It will have meditation cushions, yoga mats, and guided meditation CDs to help you take some deep breaths, relax, and re-focus.
All are welcome to the meditation study breaks, no sign-up necessary, just come on by. Here’s a schedule:
- Kristin Glover
Thursday, April 17 at noon or Friday, April 18 at noon.
Get ready for summer success! Learn the law library's top ten tips to help you tackle research assignments at your summer job. The Thursday and Friday sessions are the same, so pick the time that works for you. Bring your lunch if you'd like.
- Ben Doherty
Law librarian Jon Ashley has for the second time filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Justice. The FOIA filing seeks the release of 30 prosecution agreements between the Justice Department and various organizations. With Professor Brandon Garrett, Ashley has developed the Federal Organizational Prosecution Agreements database, a repository of prosecution agreements that is freely available to researchers. Ashley's lawsuit last year prompted Justice Department officials to release a single prosecution agreement after a FOIA request for it had been denied. Today's New York Times features an article about the work of UVA Law School's First Amendment clinic students in pursuing the litigation. [Reposted with corrections. - Ed.]
Congressman Tim Ryan Talk: "The Quiet Revolution: How Mindfulness is Transforming Our Country"
Friday at noon, Main Grounds (Nau Hall Auditorium)
Congressman Tim Ryan has represented Ohio in Congress for more than a decade. He believes that people, our country's leaders included, can use mindfulness and meditation to improve our lives and communities. He will speak on Main Grounds as part of the UVA Contemplative Science Center's speaker series.
Check out Congressman Ryan’s 2012 book A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit in the Law Library’s Klaus Room mindfulness collection.
- Kristin Glover
The first round of our “Talk to Us and Dress Like AJM” Quick Poll series is now history. Congratulations to 1L Hillary Taylor, who will be the first among you to dress like AJM!
We really like our t-shirts and we love to see them out and about. Aside from extending our students’ wardrobes, we thought up this quick poll series as a fun way to learn from our students. In this first round, we asked what you think of our two new standing desks, and we learned quite a lot. We discovered that many of you really like the standing desks and many more of you are game to give them a try, at least. Here’s how you answered:
The Law Library has recently added two STANDING DESKS and we’d like to know what you think about them. How likely are you to use a standing desk in the library?
For the majority of you who prefer to sit while you study (or walk or lie down, as some suggested), there’s no need to worry – the Law Library is not planning to require that all students study in Mountain Pose. We want to offer optimal study environments for as many of our students as we reasonably can. If you missed this poll but you’d still like to share your thoughts about our study spaces, there’s an ongoing, less formal poll available on our website. Stop by any time and let us know your preferences.
On to Round 2!
There are several more quick poll rounds in our series, so if you’re a UVA law student who isn’t yet dressing like Hillary Taylor and AJM, you can find the link to our Round 2 quick poll in yesterday’s SBA Events email and the SBA calendar on the web (UVA law students only, one submission per student). To join in on Round 2, submit your quick survey by midnight on Saturday, April 5.
- Amy Wharton