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This Just In: Professional and Soft Skills Books

We are pleased to announce that the books dedicated to professional and soft skills are available and located in the Ohio Room. These items can be checked out and cover topics like soft skills for lawyers, grit, productivity, drive, writing, etc. The collection can be found right when you walk into the Ohio Room and is grouped with our Mental Health and Wellness selections. The professional and soft skills books have pink stickers on the spine, while the mental health and wellness books have orange stickers.


This Just In: First-Year Law School Success

First-Year Law School Success: The Ultimate and Essential Guide for Every 1L, now in its 4th edition, covers topics such as reading and briefing cases efficiently and effectively, quality note-taking, creating dynamic course outlines, writing outstanding exam essays, and avoiding law school traps.

Author Ira L. Shafiroff has been a professor of law at Southwestern Law School since 1982. He teaches Property and for many years Selected Topics in American Law, a course he designed to prepare students for the California bar exam, emphasizing bar exam essay-writing and multiple-choice testing. He was a longtime lecturer for BARBRI Bar Review, where he created and taught California BARBRI’s first essay-writing course for its general bar review program. Subsequently, he created an essay-writing course for first-year law school students. The first edition of First-Year Law School Success was an outgrowth of this course.

This Just In: Glass and Gavel

Stare decisis, pass the bottle, and cheers! In Glass and Gavel, author Nancy Maveety takes a look at alcohol and the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, the author covers the justices’ participation in the social use of alcohol during the history of the Court with a survey of the Court’s decisions on the regulation of alcohol.

Glass and Gavel is an entertaining look at the history of alcohol at the Supreme Court among the members of the Court and in their jurisprudence. The larger social changes happening during each era are examined and tied into the activity on the Court—from political saloons in the early years to speakeasies to craft beer bars in today’s fights against gentrification. If it involves alcohol and the Supreme Court, it’s in this book.

Nancy Maveety is professor of political science at Tulane University, specializing in U.S. Supreme Court studies, judicial decision making, and comparative judicial politics.

New Year — Positive Mental Health Habits

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to take better care of yourself and your mental health? If so, the library has some books that can help you keep your resolution. All of these books are part of the Mental Health and Wellness Collection, which is located in the Ohio room. All books are available for checkout.

If you’re looking to start meditating or be more mindful, check out:

The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers

Why Can’t I Meditate? How to Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Mindfulness for Law Students

The Mindful Twenty-Something

If you’re interested in yoga, try:

Yoga for Lawyers: Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better All the Time

Finding the Midline: How Yoga Helps a Trial Lawyer Make Friends and Connect to Spirit

Also keep an eye out for upcoming dates for Yoga in the Quiet Room this semester.

Coming Soon: Professional and Soft Skills Resources

Following on the popularity of the Mental Health and Wellness books recently added to the law library collection, we are happy to announce that there will soon be a collection (also in the Ohio Room) dedicated to professional and soft skills. These items will be available for checkout and will cover topics including soft skills for lawyers, grit, productivity, drive, and writing.