Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary were created by Elizabeth and Edward Clarkson in 1927 on their estate off of Ridgeway Avenue in the Myers Park area of Charlotte. The gardens, enclosed on all sides by brick walls, encompass almost three acres in the heart of Charlotte and include lovely vistas, formal gardens, and woodland areas. Elizabeth’s gardens were planted to provide a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. The gardens provide cover, nesting sites, food, and water for the fowl and other small animals that take refuge in the gardens.
When I visited Wing Haven last Friday I discovered that throughout the garden Elizabeth, and later her Estate, had placed small plaques bearing the names of the many plants and flowers. I also discovered small plaques inscribed with inspirational quotes hidden among rose bushes and in front small water pools. Visitors to Wing Haven will marvel not only at the gardens but at the frequent sightings of birds and the small wildlife scampering throughout the property. Wing Haven truly is a quiet sanctuary secluded behind stone walls, iron fences, and large oaks.
The garden’s creator, Elizabeth Clarkson, was diagnosed with undulant fever and was often bedridden because of this illness. To entertain herself while recovering Elizabeth focused her interests on ornithology. She began journaling about birds and their habits in 1933. Elizabeth Clarkson was also an early environmentalist. When the city of Charlotte sprayed DDT to reduce the mosquito population, Elizabeth protested the pesticides by blocking the fogging trucks. You can read Elizabeth’s journal entries here http://www.winghavengardens.com/ECBlog/index.asp
After Elizabeth’s death the Clarksons gave the gardens to the Wing Haven Foundation and its Board of Directors has been responsible for maintaining the gardens in keeping with the Clarksons’ spirit and intent.
I myself discovered Wing Haven Gardens last weekend when I visited the gardens to listen to a selection of personal favorites played by Ayoung Lee, a classically trained pianist. I arrived at the gardens at about 6:30 p.m. with several friends and we drank champagne and nibbled on finger foods while we toured the shady oasis. The rose garden was exceptional and a very fragrant spot in the dusky summer evening. I saw my first chipmunks at Wing Haven and delighted to see them darting to and fro amongst the underbrush beneath the mature oaks. Being from Florida, I had not previously seen chipmunks. The birds kept up a constant chatter and all the while lovely sounds from the talented Ayoung Lee floated out to us in the garden from Mrs. Clarkson’s old Steinway. Visiting Wing Haven was a wonderful treat for an early summer’s evening.
I encourage you to visit this local treasure and make a donation supporting the Wing Haven Foundation. Check this link for information on Wing Haven events. http://www.winghavengardens.com/SeasonalEvents.asp?month=6&year=2012
The Charlotte School of Law Clinics are doing some pretty exciting things!
A standout story for the month of February involves the Civil Rights Clinic. Students who participate in the Civil Rights Clinic are often involved in local civil rights issues. Under the direction of Professor Jason Huber, who runs the Civil Rights Clinic at Charlotte School of Law, students learn how to advocate civil rights issues. Jason Huber hones students’ skills in fact investigation, pleading, motions practice, depositions, trial work, as well as other various lesser-known litigation skills. The Civil Rights Clinic encourages the individual creativity of students who are learning to advocate civil rights issues within the bounds of legal ethics.
The new Civil Rights Clinic blog is an example of the Civil Rights Clinic’s creative initiative in the arena of civil rights issues and public awareness. Law student Evan Carney has been particularly instrumental in getting the Civil Rights Clinic blog up and running. Check out the blog at www.cslcivilrights.com. This blog provides updates on the Civil Rights Clinic projects to a wide audience of interested students, faculty, and members of the public. You can also find a link to the first episode of “The Legal Dose”, an internet radio show recently launched by the Civil Rights Clinic students that addresses contemporary legal, political and social issues, on the blog website.
The Civil Rights Clinic, like all of the Charlotte School of Law’s Clinics, teaches law students valuable legal practice skills such as teamwork, creativity, research, writing, brainstorming, networking, and effective time management. The clinics at Charlotte School of Law place an emphasis on perfecting these “practice ready” skill sets. So direct your browser to www.cslcivilrights.com the next time you have some free time and feel like reading about people who are making a difference for those in the Charlotte area and beyond. Don’t forget to click the “Follow” button to receive updates regarding new posts!
Welcome back! It’s the dead of winter and we are back at school and work. Perhaps many of you are feeling the strain of the forty hour work week or a fourteen hour course load. When you are putting out lots of energy it is important to eat well and rest well.
What do you like to do to unwind? I like to take my dog Leo on a nice long walk through the neighborhoods of Elizabeth and Eastover. Tree lined avenues and quiet evening air do my soul good. Long walks also keep my little pooch happy and fit.
I also like to watch evening specials on PBS such as the ever popular Downton Abbey. If you haven’t heard of Downton Abbey I encourage you to tune in and check it out! Downton Abbey is a Primetime Emmy Award winning series shown on PBS on Sunday evenings. Downton Abbey is set at the turn of the century just as women were getting the right to vote and the automobile was becoming popular. The series follows an aristocratic family in England as they deal with the social and economic challenges of modern life. Colorful period costumes, pleasant British accents, and historic buildings make this a nice viewing experience. Downton Abbey is an excellent escape. There is nothing better than some delicious snacks and a PBS special!
I hope you all find your outlet and do not hesitate to indulge yourselves in something pleasant after you have left the workday behind.
I would like to devote this blog posting to the recognition of new faces here at our Charlotte School of Law Library. Perhaps you have recently noticed some new faces as you’ve drifted past the reference desk during the last week.
Last week our new full-time Reference Librarian Corey Lenz began working here at the law library. Corey hails from Connecticut and his new office is located next to the reference desk. I can’t say much more about his background as he will soon be posting a short autobiographical introductory blog posting so I won’t spoil the fun!
In addition to our newest full-time member Corey Lenz, the reference department has also gained two part-time Reference Librarians, Shannon Fitzpatrick and Betty Thomas.
Shannon is a recent Juris Doctor graduate and is considering obtaining her Master of Library Science. We hope her experience at the law library will contribute positively to helping her make this decision about her career.
Betty is a recent Master of Library Science graduate who does not have a Juris Doctor but has considerable experience in academic libraries. Betty is currently familiarizing herself with legal sources and mastering our collection.
Again, I won’t give away too much info regarding their unique backgrounds so you will just have to keep your eyes peeled for their up and coming blog postings! Feel free to stop by the reference desk and say hi to our new staff whenever you find yourself in the library.
The time for the final Sloan Basic Legal Research Workbook exercise has nearly arrived!
This November students will be introduced to the basics of statutory research. This third and final Sloan exercise will cover both federal and state statutory research. The state statutory research portion of this exercise focuses only on statutes from North Carolina. The exercise is conducted purely in the print materials found in the Charlotte School of Law Library and everything that you need to complete the exercise (including the expertise of one of your CSL Law Librarians!) can be found in the Charlotte School of Law Library’s collection.
If you are a student reading this, it might be a good idea to find your way to the library on the second floor and map out the location of the print materials that you will be using. For the federal portion of the exercise you will be using the United States Code Annotated, that’s USCA and the Subject Index to the USCA. Similarly, for the state portion of the exercise you will be using the North Carolina General Statutes Annotated and the Subject Index to this volume set of statutes.
Note that your Charlotte School of Law Library has several sets of the North Carolina General Statutes. We have both the West and Lexis publications of the North Carolina General Statutes Annotated. An important distinction is that the Lexis publication of the North Carolina General Statutes Annotated is the official publication of the State Code of North Carolina.
So roll up your sleeves and dig into the collection for some statutes fun!
Fall 2011 will witness the launch of a new Library Research Instruction component to CSL’s Lawyering Process (“LP”) program. The Reference department has risen to the new challenges facing CSL in accommodating a large entering class. The Reference department has opted to forego traditional face to face instruction formats for new innovative electronic based learning formats that build on CSL’s emphasis on practice ready skills.
To achieve this purpose, the Reference team is currently creating a series of online demonstrations of legal research concepts and further enhancing the Library’s TWEN page with these online research tutorials. Expect to see plenty LP students in the library this fall as they mill about in the collection looking for the correct resources to complete the Research Exercise that has been chosen for them by members of the Reference team in conjunction with the LP faculty. Rather than remain isolated in the classroom, LP students will find themselves embroiled in adventure in the stacks.
Wish them good luck and feel free to lend them a helping hand by pointing them to the nearest Reference Librarian!
This summer is turning out to be pretty busy at Charlotte Law Library! Even as I write this I cant help but feel that I should be working on the multiple tasks that I have been assigned to do this week.
The Reference staff is in the process of updating our library research instruction curriculum for the new term. We are also updating the Reference Manual, pro se patron information handouts and various LibGuides. Additionally, I am working on our Interlibrary Loan procedures.
Lots of fun! I could tell you more but it might be too exciting for you. Stay tuned for more juicy Reference tidbits! Cheers!