You’re welcome to 15-minute meditation breaks, every Monday at 3pm and Wednesday at noonin the Library’s Klaus Room (2nd floor). No prior meditation experience or registration required – just come on in, sit in a comfy easy chair, & relax as we follow along with a short guided meditation.
What is mindfulness, & how is it helpful in law school/practice? Law students and attorneys across the country are using mindfulness techniques to improve their focus, manage stress, and communicate better with colleagues and clients. You can apply mindfulness to just about anything you do: mindful listening, mindful exercise, mindful eating, mindful test-taking.
What is the workshop? The U.Va. Mindfulness Center has been teaching mindfulness for over a decade. They have developed a workshop for U.Va. Law, sponsored by the Law Library. In each of the 8 workshop sessions we will learn and practice a new mindfulness technique, including: breathing meditation; mindfulness of emotions; and mindful movement.
But I know nothing about meditation….You do not need any prior experience to participate in the workshop.
How do I sign up? The workshop will meet each Thursday, 3:45 to 5pm, February 5 to April 2 (except for Spring Break). Email Kristin Glover in the Library to sign up. To get the most out of the workshop, commit to attending each session. The workshop is free to participants.
From arsonists to rock stars, crime bosses to ... killer clowns?? Gina Wohlsdorf, curator of "The Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove," shares her perspective on the exhibit and its creation. Print renderings of the sketches will be on display at the Law Library through May 2015 and a digital exhibit is available on our website.
The Law Library is pleased to announce the 17th annual University of Virginia Law Library Art Show, "The Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove." The opening reception for the exhibit was Thursday, September 4.
This year's featured artist, Ida Libby Dengrove (1919-2005), was an Emmy award-winning courtroom sketch artist for WNBC-TV in New York City during the 1970s and 80s. Cameras in courtrooms were strictly prohibited then, and the only visual representations of inside-the-court events available to news media were the renderings of sketch artists. Dengrove's masterful drawings brought viewing audiences closer to the newsworthy trials of the day, including those of Mark David Chapman, John Hinckley, the "Son of Sam," John Gotti, the Mayflower Madame, the Quinlans, Mafia dons, and many others. The art show features 118 sketches documenting 60 trials, while our online exhibit features nearly 6,000 digital images rendered from Dengrove's works. We are grateful to the Dengrove family for the generous gift of this collection, which will remain on display in the Arthur J. Morris Law Library through May 2015.
Got a lot on your mind? We’re offering free tools for staying focused and being a happy law student (and lawyer)!
Mindful lawyering is catching on in law schools and law practices across the country. Students and attorneys report that practices like meditation and mindful listening are powerful tools that help them focus, manage stressful situations, and communicate more effectively with colleagues and clients. The University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center, which has been teaching mindfulness tools for over a decade, has developed an introduction to mindfulness workshop especially for U.Va. law students. The workshop is sponsored by the Law Library and is free to law students! No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is needed – the workshop is an introduction designed for all levels of experience. The workshop will meet each Thursday, 5:15 - 6:30pm, September 4 to October 23. To get the most out of the workshop, students need to commit to attending each session. Sign up by emailing Kristin Glover (klg3n@virginia) in the Library by August 29.
In addition to the workshop, we’ll be hosting weekly 15-minute meditation study breaks in the Law Library’s Klaus Room (2nd Floor), every Tuesday at 3:45, starting August 19. Anyone who would like to drop in is welcome at any of these study breaks. No prior meditation experience is needed.
Want to explore mindfulness and mindful lawyering on your own time? Check out the books, audio CDs, and magazines in the Law Library’s Mindfulness and Happy Lawyering collection. It’s in the 2nd floor Klaus Room.
All the University Library servers and services including Virgo, Libra, and www.library.virginia.edu will be down on Sunday, August 10, from 8am until noon and on Wednesday, August 13, from 6am until 8am as the University migrates to a new disk system. The migration will not affect the Law Library's web pages or database services such as Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and Bloomberg Law.
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)
May 28, Take a Deep Breath: Simple meditation on breathing to help you relax
June 4, Keep breathing: More meditation on breath & the five senses
June 11, Focus Your Energy: Meditation to help with concentration
June 18, Show Yourself Some Love! Meditation to help you be kind to yourself under stress
June 25, Moving Meditation: Stretching & walking meditation
July 2, Fireworks! Meditation to help you handle stressful feelings
July 9, Show Yourself, & Others, More Love! Kindness meditation
July 16, Sit Back & Relax: Meditation with stress-reducing nature sounds
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!
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.