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Archive for November, 2020

Local Outdoor Activities To Do This Winter

Around the end of the fall semester we typically suggest fun things to do in the area during break. With the pandemic this year, the list is shorter. Nonetheless, some fun activities are still available:

  • Holiday Light Shows/Winterfest: Downtown Cleveland, Public Square, Nov. 28 – Jan. 3, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy animated light and sound shows. Check out these photos from of the opening last weekend.
  • Take a Hike: Cleveland Metroparks offer many hiking and other outdoor activities. This year there are two self-guided downtown walking tours, which highlight Cleveland’s Grand Department Stores and Historic Hotels.
  • Tobogganing in Strongsville: A yearly winter tradition that remains open this year, but reservations are required to control the number of participants daily.
  • Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Resort: Ski, snowboard, or snow tube just down the highway from Cleveland.



Meet a Treatise: Farnsworth on Contracts

Edward Allan Farnsworth (1928-2005) was one of America’s most renowned legal scholars on contracts. He Taught at Columbia Law School for over 50 years.

Farnsworth on Contracts is now in its 4th edition and is being edited by Professor Zachary Wolfe from George Washington University. This treatise is considered essential by students, faculty, and practitioners alike in the area of contracts.

Farnsworth served as a reporter for the Restatement (Second) of Contracts as well and his treatise shows how the Restatement along with the Uniform Commercial Code has influenced and shaped Contract law. The reader will find case references that are cross referenced along with drafting tips.

Farnsworth is also available online for CSU affiliates.

Library Hours Thanksgiving Update

The library building will be closed to the CSU community starting Wednesday, November 25th. However, we will continue to serve the university community virtually; visit the law library homepage for information about virtual library service. Please note, because of the University-wide Thanksgiving closure, there will be no virtual service from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th.

Isolation Nation Virtual 5K

Isolation Nation Virtual 5kThere’s still time to register and participate in the Isolation Nation Virtual 5K hosted by the CSU Rec Center. The race period runs from November 23 – 30, and the event is totally virtual and open to runners and walkers, plus it’s free. You can participate in your own home or in your neighborhood while practicing social distancing. To be eligible for prizes, you’ll need to submit your time no later than 11:59 on Monday, November 30th. This could be a fun way to get a little exercise over the Thanksgiving break!

Ten Books on Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga from Our Collection

Sometimes passive relaxation – like scrolling through social media or binge watching Netflix – is not enough to unwind from a stressful week (or semester) of law school, especially with exams coming up. Adding in active relaxation can help, and meditation, mindfulness practice or yoga can be three great ways to actively chill out.

In the library, we have a great collection of wellness-related books that you can check out. You can find many (but not all) of them highlighted in our Mental Health and Well-Being guide. If you want to look for more titles, search Scholar, the library catalog.

Here are some suggestions for books from our collection specifically about meditation, mindfulness and yoga. If you’d like to check any of them out, click on Find It and then request the book through Scholar, the library catalog. The book will be ready for you to pick up, either in the library on our pick up shelf, or through curbside pickup if you request that option.

  • Yoga for Lawyers: Mind-Body Techniques To Feel Better All the Time [Find it]
  • The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation [Find it]
  • The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress & Everything Else [Find it]
  • Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership [Find it]
  • Finding the Midline: How Yoga Helps a Trial Lawyer Make Friends and Connect to Spirit [Find it]
  • Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers [Find it]
  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics [Find it]
  • Lawyering from the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence [Find it]
  • Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic [Find it]
  • Why Can’t I Mediate? How to Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track [Find it]