Reading Days Review: Stress Busting with Yoga & Putting Mindfulness into Practice

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At the end of April just before exams started up the law library invited law students, faculty and staff to enjoy three free yoga sessions. The sessions were intended to help the law school community destress and re-focus as they entered the days and weeks ahead, with stretches to promote relaxation and tips for encouraging mindfulness. The largest number of participants were represented by law school staff who showed up for all three sessions. The final session, which was held outdoors on UGA’s north campus with downtown Athens as a backdrop, had the largest turnout, with law school members, and other faculty, staff and students from across UGA’s schools and colleges.

The sessions were enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended and the library hopes to expand this offering next fall based on feedback from law students. In the future we hope to improve promotional efforts and re-think the timing of this offering to better serve a larger number of law students. We owe a huge thanks to UGA’s Office of Wellbeing, specifically our alumna Kizmet Adams (J.D. ’89) who coordinated with local instructors at M3 Yoga to provide this opportunity to us.

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All photos by Jen Wolf.

Whether your exams are finished or you still have a few left, whether you are prepping for your summer internship between 1L and 2L years, or gearing up for commencement and your first legal job out of school, we hope you begin to practice mindfulness techniques learned during these sessions or elsewhere. An ABA for students article in 2016 focused on using mindfulness to your advantage. The article recommends the following simple steps to get started:

A Mindfulness Practice 

  • Bring yourself into a posture that is upright and stable.
  • Lower your eyes (or close them if you prefer).
  • Bring your attention to your breathing, following the in-breath, following the out-breath.
  • Rest your attention on the flow of the breath through your body, with the intention of keeping it there.
  • When you notice your mind wandering, bring your attention back to the breath.
  • Do this for a few moments then lift your gaze or open your eyes.

For more resources on mindfulness check out the display at the front of the law library.

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Law Librarian Contributions in AALL Spectrum

 

Law Librarian Suzanne Graham and Law Library Director Carol Watson both contributed to articles which were recently published in AALL Spectrum.

Suzanne co-authored “Who Is This?” Moving from Authority Control to Identity Management with Dong Joon Lee, Erik Radio  and Hannah Tarver.

Watson co-authored Rethinking Digital Repositories & the Future of Open Access with  Margaret Schilt and Karen Shephard.

Read both articles in the May/June 2018 issue online at http://epubs.aallnet.org/i/963996-aall-spectrum-may-june-2018-volume-22-number-5/25

 

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Summer Access to Databases

For Returning Students
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and the Practice Ready solutions, over the summer for non-commercial research. You can turn to these resources to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills, but you cannot use them in situations where you are billing a client. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:
  • Summer coursework
  • Research Assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school
You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.
For May 2018 Graduating Students
You can use Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage per month, with no restrictions against using them for professional purposes. These tools include:
  • Westlaw
  • Practical Law
  • Practical Law Connect
  • Drafting Assistant Essential
  • Doc and Form Builder
  • ProView
  • West LegalEdCenter* -one-year, no CLE
Extend access by logging into http://www.lawschool.westlaw.com and an agreement box will come up or the direct link is https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite
Please contact Sue Moore at sue.moore@tr.com for questions about access or graduation date changes.
For All Students
Prepare to Practice online tutorials and April webinars are now available on lawschool.westlaw.com. To access information, sign on and click on the “Prepare to Practice” link.
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2 Yoga Sessions Down, 1 More Tomorrow!

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Students, faculty and staff took time out during reading days to destress with yoga in Rusk Hall.

Wednesday and Thursday yoga sessions in the law library and Rusk Hall were relaxing and revitalizing. Huge thanks to Kiz for offering these to us, and to the staff, faculty and students that attended. There is still one more chance to take advantage of these free sessions tomorrow at 12 noon. Join others from UGA on the North Campus Quad near the Arch for a special outdoor session taught by M3 Yoga. If you are closer to South Campus there is also a South Campus location in front of the Science Learning Center at the same time. The ground may be wet, but as long as it is not raining the event will continue. Bring a towel, a friend, and dress comfortably.

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On Reserve Podcast Episode 3: Destress

In this episode co-hosts Nina Guzman and Rachel Evans discuss stress management with library programs and resources:

  • Advice on managing law school and career stress from Work-life Balance Coordinator from UGA’s Office of Wellbeing Kiz Adams (J.D. ’89)
  • Stress Busters and Book Repair from Circulation Assistant Nina Guzman
  • Meditative Music from Pulse Emitter/Daryl Groetsch (with artist permission)

Download Episode 3: Destress

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Reading Days & Exam Hours

By Marie Mize

Reading Days WED April 25th  through

MON April 30th

WED, THRS, FRI, MON from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

SAT & SUN from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Exam Days TUES May 1st through

TUES May 15th

WED, THRS, FRI, MON from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

SAT & SUN from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Last Day of Exams

 

WED May 16th

 

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

After Exams THRS May 17th through

SAT May 19th

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more library hours, visit: http://www.law.uga.edu/library-hours-operation

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Celebrate Earth Day by Checking Out Environmental Law Resources

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The law library has an excellent research guide created for Environmental Planning Law. The information, tips on doing legal research, and resources found there can all help if you are interested in environmental law, land use, climate change and other related topics. Straight from the research guide, the Finding Resources tab provides the following list of online resources on these topics:

Advocacy and Membership Organizations

Blogs and News

For more information, visit:  http://libguides.law.uga.edu/planning

 

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