Published on October 5, 2022  
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Cumberland School of Law’s Office of Academic Support assists its students’ academic success, professionalism and life balance through workshops and events, resources, individual sessions and mentoring groups. The office will host a wellness week, October 9-14, 2022, in order to emphasize the importance of practicing activities to nourish emotional, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, social, spiritual and physical well-being.
Lynn Hogewood serves as Cumberland School of Law’s director of academic support. She said, “The ABA came out with a report in 2017 about how to support lawyers with six different prongs of wellness. Because of the intensity and stress of law school and the legal profession, especially considering the impact of the pandemic on mental health and well-being, Cumberland offers opportunities for activities that support wellness in a variety of ways. This Wellness Week highlights activities that serve as a pause to remind law students to make time for balance, for better learning and overall health.”

Sunday, October 9

Read a devotional provided by Rayne Memorial Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, provided via email.
2 p.m.—Birmingham Botanical Gardens Walk
Sponsored by Cumberland’s Environmental Law Society

Monday, October 10

8 a.m.–8 p.m.—Rock Painting 
Sponsored by the Cumberland Health and Wellness Society and Cumberland Society of the Arts
Great Room
11–11:30 a.m.—Introduction to Koru Mindfulness
Sponsored by the Academic Support Program
 Great Room
2 p.m.—Mindful Monday with the Mindfulness in Law Society

Tuesday, October 11

7 a.m. —Campus Walk sponsored by the Christian Legal Society
Meet at the Angel Patio (or in the Great Room in case of rain)
12 p.m. —Lunch and Learn with OUTlaw and the Academic Support Program
National Coming Out Day: Special issues in the law and mental health resources regarding the LGBTQ+ community
Great Room
7 p.m.—Fall Dessert Bar and Building a Budget Workshop for Financial Wellness
With Leandra Ross of MAX by AccessLex
Great Room

Wednesday, October 12

7 a.m.-12 p.m.—Wilder Wednesday (Dog Therapy)
Mezzanine and Great Room
11 a.m.-12 p.m.—BYOLunch and Trivia Games
Sponsored by Academic Support Advisors
Great Room
4-4:30 p.m.— Wakeful Wednesday with the Mindfulness in Law Society
6-7:30 p.m.—Yoga for Stress Relief
with Jasper Wolfe of Conscious Body Healing Arts Center

Thursday, October 13

7-7:30 a.m.—Mindful Moment over Breakfast
Sponsored by the Academic Support Program
Angel Patio
11-11:50 a.m.—Imposter Syndrome and Perfectionism
Discussion led by Jeremy Rakes from the Alabama Lawyer’s Assistance Program with guest panelists Averie Armstead, Terry McCarthy, Brooke Messina and Denzel Okinedo
Sponsored by the First Generation Law Student Association
Great Room
1-3 p.m.—Halloween Arts and Crafts
Sponsored by the Student Bar Association
Great Room 

Friday, October 14

12 p.m.—Values Workshop with Academic Support Program
Lunch will be served for pre-registered attendees. 
Great Room
1 p.m.—ABA Law Student Division Webinar: Improving Law Student Access to Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
2 p.m.—Symposium Celebrating the Life and Career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black
John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom
7 p.m.—New Orleans Pelicans v. Atlanta Hawks (NBA Exhibition Game)
with the Student Bar Association
Legacy Arena
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