News Briefs: April 1, 2013
Important registration information from Student Affairs
The course schedules for the upcoming academic year (Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014) have been released and are posted on the Student Affairs website: http://www.law.ufl.edu/student-affairs/current-students/course-schedules. There is very important information you should be aware of concerning distance education courses prior to registering for classes. Based upon ABA Standard 306(d), governing distance education in U.S. Law Schools, no student may obtain more than four credit hours of distance education(online/asynchronous) courses in the same term, and no student may receive more than a total of 12 credit hours of academic credit for distance education(online/asynchronous) courses to count toward the J.D. degree. Furthermore, since students are permitted, with prior approval, to complete up to six credit hours of graduate level courses to count toward law school graduation requirements, and since some students complete distance education courses through the Graduate School, the four credit hours and 12 credit hours limitations apply to these courses, as well. Thus, if a student is registered for an online graduate level course, this reduces the number of hours permitted for other distance education(online/asynchronous) courses either through the Graduate School and/or through the law school.
This information is particularly important for the Summer 2013 term, as there are currently 6 asynchronous (distance education) courses on the law school’s summer schedule of courses. Out of these six courses, one is a one credit hour course and the other courses are two credit hours. Therefore, you will only be able to register for up to two of these asynchronous courses during the summer term. Please review the schedule of courses carefully and plan your schedules accordingly. As you register for classes, you will be reminded of this requirement in ISIS when/if you register for any law distance education(asynchronous/online) course. If you attempt to register for a distance education(asynchronous/online) course, the following message will pop up to remind you of this rule:
“Per ABA Standard 306D, a law student may not register for more than four credits of asynchronous online courses in one term.”
If it is determined that you have registered for more than four credits of asynchronous (distance education/online) courses in any term (e.g., this summer), you will be notified to drop a course or courses. If this is not done, you will then be administratively dropped from the course or courses until you are in compliance with the ABA Standard 306(d).
If there should be any questions or concerns about any of this information, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean of Students, Kari Mattox, at email@example.com, or stop by the Office of Student Affairs.
Moot Court stays active in competitions, elects new board
The Florida Moot Court executive board sent three 2L teams to three competitions during the past few weeks. The board met March 25 to elect a new executive board and planned for the upcoming year. The successes at recent competitions strengthen the board’s confidence in the advocacy skills of the team members who will lead the board in the 2013-2014 season. The results of the competitions and elections are listed below:
- Giles Southerland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition: 2Ls Matthew Moats and Joey Posey competed at the Giles Southerland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court competition on March 15. The team competed well and advanced from of the preliminary rounds. The board looks forward to success from these two competitors next year.
- Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition: 2Ls Stephanie Generotti and Kate Livanec brought home a Best Brief Award at the Weschler Criminal Law competition. The team also fared well in oral arguments, advancing to the quarter finals. The Best Brief honors are the second for the board this year. Last fall, 2Ls Alfredo Ferrer and Joey Posey won a Best Brief award at the Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition.
- John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition: 2Ls Cullen Boggus and Robert Sowell advanced to the finals at the Gibbons competition. Their efforts led to a second place finish at competition that featured more than 40 teams. This is the highest finish for board at a national competition this year. Their finalist plaque will hang proudly in the Moot Court office, spurring the Moot Court Board members on to continued success at national competitions.
The 2013-2014 Executive Board for the Florida Moot Court Team is as follows: Chelsey Clements – President; Heather Griffin – Internal Vice President; Kevin Stone – External Vice President; Jessica Andrade – Secretary; John Curry – Treasurer; Cullen Boggus – Chair for Eduction and Training; Victoria Forson – Intermural Competition Chair; Stephanie Generotti – Intermural Competition Vice Chair; Megan Coughlin- Intramural Competition Co-Chair; Stephanie Generotti- Intramural Competition Co-Chair; Kate Livanec – Special Events Chair; Kristina Gandre – Special Event Vice-Chair; and Matt Goodwin – Public Relations Chair.
Submit your art to be featured in the upcoming art show
The annual Student Faculty Art Show is Thursday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. in the Lawton Chiles Library. The art show gives students and faculty the opportunity to utilize a different type of skill set and an outlet for their creative sides. Submissions from past years have included oil on canvas to photography, melted crayon art, sculpture, sketches, blown glass, and even clothing. The show also aims to give students a study break before finals with hors d’oeuvres and wine served in the library alongside the art on display. If you’ve been dying to try out that art project you saw on Pinterest or you have something you created years ago, now is your chance to share. Submissions will be returned and artists can choose to display their art with their name and title or anonymously.
LIC Notes: The New Serendipity: Digital History
Historical research used to be very tricky. Even five years ago, it was almost serendipitous to locate a treatise with a relevant passage or other older materials for your research. Today, digital technology and full-text searching have made it much easier to locate materials in historical collections. The Legal Information Center provides access to several historical collections for on-campus or remote access* users, including:
- HeinOnline Legal Classics
- LLMC Digital
- Making of Modern Law–Legal Treatises
- Making of Modern Law–Primary Sources
- Making of Modern Law–Trials:1600-1926
- Making of Modern Law–U.S. Supreme Court Briefs: 1832-1978
A wide variety of legal and non-legal pre-1923 materials are also available in full-text at:
Limited previews may be available for some newer books in the two databases above.
For assistance with these databases, contact your liaison or the UF Law reference desk at (352) 273-0723.
* Remote access available only to UF faculty, staff, and students.
JTLP hosts Tools for Schools school supply drive
The Journal of Technology Law & Policy is hosting its first annual Tools for Schools School Supply Drive. Now through Friday, JTLP is collecting new and gently used school supplies for donation to “Tools for Schools,” a reusable resource center located in Alachua County.
This organization collects and provides new and gently used educational supplies to Alachua County Public School teachers and students at no cost. Every day, students and households throw out school supplies that are no longer being used but are either new or still in good working condition and still have educational value. Consider donating unused supplies to this organization that will benefit students and educational professionals who cannot afford to purchase new supplies each year.
JTLP has boxes set up in and outside the journal office, inside the law library, and in Student Affairs. JTLP will have signs to direct you. JTLP seeks new and gently used school supplies, including, but not limited to: boxes of pencils or pens, markers, erasers, scissors, folders, dry erase markers, backpacks you no longer use or need, clean and non-ripped lunch boxes, crayons, binders, etc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions and check out the website for Tools for Schools for more information about how your donations will help: http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/PW/Waste/toolsforschools/Pages/ToolsforSchools.aspx.
2013 Class Gift Legacy
The University of Florida Levin College of Law would not be what it is today without support from alumni. As you prepare to join the distinguished Gator Nation alumni network, now is your chance to make a difference and leave a legacy for future generations of students. Consider making a gift, at any amount, in support of your college. UF Law appreciates your support, as the 2013 Class Gift campaign aims to achieve 100 percent participation from all graduating 3Ls.
To make a gift today visit http://www.law.ufl.edu/alumni/giving/class-gifts.