News and information useful to Cleveland State College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Get Out and Bike This Summer

Cleveland has lots of outdoor offerings in the warm weather—take advantage of them as a break from working and/or studying. Do you like to ride a bike for exercise and fresh air? Check out all the biking trail options in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. A recent article offers some great suggestions for getting on your bike in the Cleveland area.


Mental Health and Well-Being Recap

Over the past few years we’ve done a number of posts on mental health and well-being. Some of the posts cover items in our collection, while others are about an article or website, and others are tips. We thought we’d highlight some of the recent ones in case you missed them:

Recharge Outdoors for Your Mental Health

Apps for Mental Health

ABA Student Lawyer Mental Health Essentials

Meditation & Yoga Videos on Our Mental Health Guide

Ten Books on Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga from Our Collection

Mindfulness Study of Law Students Shows Positive Results

Stress Relief with a Legal Coloring Book

Self-Care and Racial Stress


Meditation & Yoga Videos on Our Mental Health Guide

Water lilyWe’ve updated our Mental Health and Well-Being guide to include a selection of fabulous videos for meditation and yoga. The videos, which were suggested by C|M|LAW Development Manager Ashley Presutto, are led by Adriene Mishler. Mishler is actress, writer, and yoga teacher from Austin, Texas, whose yoga sessions are some of the most searched for workouts on Google. We hope you enjoy the videos, and that you get the chance to include meditation and yoga in your regular self-care during the Covid-19 crisis.

Things to Do in Cleveland Over Break

Be sure to relax and have some fun over break. Besides seeing family and friends, here are a few things to do in Cleveland:

  1. See a play at Playhouse Square. A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story are two notable offerings this holiday season.
  2. Ice Skating Rink at Public Square; daily through February 29. Get fresh air and exercise with a skate at the rink at Public Square–at night the square is lit up for the holiday season.
  3. Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden; now-through January 5. This year’s indoor and outdoor winter wonderland features gingerbread houses, tree displays, model trains, kid activities, an outdoor Garden Express train, a two-story tree, light displays, a Treetop Shop and Sweet Shop for young browsers, decorate-your-own-gingerbread, and more.
  4. Cleveland State Men’s Basketball, January 4 at 3pm v. Youngstown; Women’s Basketball (currently 9-1!), December 20 v. Erie 7pm; December 28 v. UIC 2pm; December 30 v. IUPUI 7pm–all at Wolstein Centr.
  5. A Christmas Story House; open daily. The house used in the popular holiday classic A Christmas Story has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. The house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to the Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.
  6. Cleveland Monsters Hockey v. Charlotte; 12/28 7pm and 12/30 12pm, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
  7. Cleveland Museum of Art Michelangelo: Mind of the Master exhibit; through January 5.
  8. Tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks; daily.
  9. The Black Nativity at Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street. An annual Cleveland tradition, The Black Nativity, written by hometown literary master Langston Hughes, is a retelling of the Gospel according to St. Luke, set to the music and dance of the Black church.
  10. Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; 5:30pm-9:30pm on weekends through Sunday, January 5.

Make Summer the Time to Practice Good Mental Health Habits

You know the saying – practice makes perfect. And as an aspiring lawyer, you also know that the legal profession is fraught with mental health issues. So why not make summer the time to conscientiously practice up on a couple good mental health habits so that these good habits will be a regular part of your life once you’re out of law school. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself you should start meditating. Or address your anxiety. Or change your drinking habits. Or practice yoga more. Summer’s the perfect time to start!

Here are some suggestions for books that might help you get started with good mental health habits this summer. All of these titles are from our Mental Health and Wellness Collection that’s located in the Ohio room. You can check out these titles and others any time.