On-grounds interviews, moving into a new apartment, classes starting, not to mention moving to a brand new town for your first year of law school … the beginning of a new academic year can feel overwhelming! The law library is offering peace and quiet to help you ease back into the school year … and we’re not talking just about the new study carrels! We are building a collection of books (in print and on CD) and DVDs about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
What does mindfulness have to do with law school and law practice? A lot, say a growing number of law schools like the University of California at Berkeley, which has an Initiative for Mindfulness in Law and a student-run meditation group. As profiled in this recent ABA Journal article, “Mindfulness in Legal Practice Is Going Mainstream,” attorneys are also exploring its benefits. Hey, Google is bringing mindful meditation into its workplace, so it must be a catchy trend!
If you could use a deep breath or are just curious to learn more, come check out these new additions to our collection. They’re available in the library’s first floor reserve room, next to the DVDs:
- Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn – Dr. Kabat-Zinn broke new ground integrating mindful meditation with medicine in founding the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program he developed is used in schools and workplaces throughout the country to teach people how to work with the challenges and stress we face everyday in order to relax and enjoy life more. The University of Virginia Medical School’s Mindfulness Center teaches MBSR to U.Va. students and employees. They will be offering a six-week program tailored to law students here at the law school in October! Look for blog postings and flyers with more information in September.
- Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn (audiobook on CD)
- Guided Mindfulness Meditation, Series 1 by Jon Kabat-Zinn (audiobook on CD)
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown (book) – Dr. Brown, a professor at the University of Houston, delivered a Tedx talk in 2010 that has been viewed over 10 million times. She has been interviewed by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Forbes to National Public Radio.
- Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff (book) – Kristin Neff is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who researches the health benefits of being kind to yourself. Check out her Tedx talk on self-compassion. (Also worth checking out is a fascinating documentary about her family’s trek in Mongolia, available in Clemons Library’s collection of movies.)
This is just a start! Let us know if you have favorite books, CDs, DVDs about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga that you think your classmates would enjoy. Also keep an eye out for announcements about Library-sponsored mindfulness and meditation events coming this fall!
– Kristin Glover
The Law Library is excited to announce the launch of its new DVD Browser. This online tool makes browsing the library’s extensive DVD collection easy and accessible from anywhere. The DVD Browser puts our collection at your fingertips with film synopses, reviews and ratings, related films, and up-to-date availability information. Explore the DVD Browser and check out your next film in the Law Library’s Reserve Room next to the circulation desk. A link to the DVD Browser is available on the Library’s homepage or you can visit http://lib.law.virginia.edu/dvdbrowser/.
– Loren Moulds
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Law Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, and remain closed through Friday, November 25. We will resume regular (8 a.m. to midnight) hours on Saturday, November 26.
Do thoughts of Thanksgiving have you in the mood for Turkey? If so, the Law Library holds a number of resources that may be of interest. See, for example, Introduction to Turkish Law (Tugrul Ansay & Don Wallace, Jr., eds., 5th ed. 2005), Ergun Özbudun’s The Constitutional System of Turkey: 1876 to the Present (2011), or foreign law journal articles on Turkey via the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) on HeinOnline. Or if you’re so excited about Turkey that you’re planning a trip there, don’t pack your bags until you’ve perused our Eyewitness Travel Guide for Turkey. If you prefer to enjoy Turkey from home, you might check out the Turkish film Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (2007) on DVD.
However you’re planning to enjoy Turkey this Thanksgiving, the Library Staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday.
– Amy Wharton and Cathy Palombi
Today is the start of Major League Baseball’s season, which, as we all know, is really just the opening act for the 28th Annual Virginia Law Softball Invitational that begins tomorrow. Baseball and the law have a long history. The Supreme Court ruled in 1922 that Major League Baseball was not subject to the Sherman Act in Fed. Baseball Club of Baltimore v. Nat’l League of Prof’l Baseball Clubs, 259 U.S. 200. You can use Westlaw or Lexis to determine whether this case is still good law. Remember, confirming the status of a case can be an important research step.
The Ninth Circuit has found itself involved with baseball as it handles the Barry Bond’s perjury case (see, for example, United States v. Bonds, 608 F.3d 495 (9th Cir. 2010) for the opinion ruling on the admissibility of certain evidence). You can track the current status of the case through a Wikipedia site dedicated to the ‘Legal Problems of Barry Bonds.’ The fans also make sure that baseball and the law stay friends; for example, in Thurmond v. Prince William Prof’l Baseball Club, Inc., 265 Va. 59, 574 S.E.2d 246 (Va. 2003), the court held “that when a particular adult spectator of ordinary intelligence is familiar with the game of baseball that spectator assumes the normal risks of watching a baseball game, including the danger of being hit by a ball batted into an unscreened seating area of a stadium.”
Not even fictional baseball characters escape the law’s long arm. Willie Mays Hayes, a character in Major League (Paramount 1989) who claimed he could “hit like Mays and run like Hayes,” makes an appearance in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If you’re interested in baseball and the law, VIRGO is a great tool for tracking down books in the law library’s collection. For example, a keyword search on baseball and limiting your search to the law library returns these books, including the law school’s own G.E. White’s Creating the National Pastime: Baseball Transforms Itself, 1903-1953 (1996). The reference librarians are also happy to help you design your research plan—baseball related or not.
– Leslie Ashbrook