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News Briefs: April 15, 2013

Published: April 15th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Student authors articles, fourth book

Caroline Joan S. Picart (3L, joint J.D. and M.A. in Women’s Studies Candidate; Tybel Spivack Teaching Fellow) has a contracted and forthcoming book: Critical Race Theory and copyright in American Dance (Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming, 2013). She has also contracted three forthcoming law journal articles, two in an international London-based journal:

  • Caroline Joan S. Picart and Marlowe Fox, “Beyond Unbridled Optimism and Fear: Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property, Human Rights and the Globalization of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore(Part I), 15 International Community Law Review 3, (2013), pages forthcoming.
  • Caroline Joan S. Picart and Marlowe Fox, “Beyond Unbridled Optimism and Fear: Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property, Human Rights and the Globalization of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore” (Part II), 16 International Community Law Review 2 (2014), pages forthcoming. 
  • Caroline Joan S. Picart, “Cross Cultural Negotiations and International Intellectual Property Law: Attempts to Work Across Cultural Clashes Between Indigenous Peoples and Majoritarian Cultures,” 22 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, pages forthcoming.

Her conference paper, “Monstrosity, Serial Killing, the criminal blackman and the Lesbian Female Serial Killer: Fact and Fiction in Depictions of Wayne Williams and Aileen Wuornos,”  was accepted and presented March 21 at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of London, England.

LIC Notes: Congressional Rules: CRS Primers

Do you ever teach your students or write about the functions of Congress? Several recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports discuss the workings of Congress and some changes to procedures that are being implemented. You will occasionally find useful diagrams in the CRS reports, such as those found in .

If you are interested in other functions not discussed above, the Law Librarian’s Society of Washington D.C. maintains a list of “Selected Congressional Research Service Reports on Congress and Its Procedures” at

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: You should be aware of information 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, or stop by the Office of Student Affairs.

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