News Briefs: March 25, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Office of Student Affairs.
Careers in International Law speaker today at 1 p.m.
University of Wyoming Professor Matt Wilson will speak to students Monday at 1 p.m. in HOL 270 about how to chart a career plan to pursue international legal opportunities. Wilson draws upon 20 years of international experience in legal, business, and educational matters in the United States, Japan, the Philippines, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Wilson practiced law at Akerman Senterfitt P.A., a major Florida-based law firm, and as former general counsel for a telecommunications/Internet firm. As legal counsel to domestic and multinational corporations, Wilson’s legal activities have encompassed complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation and transactions, cyberspace law, employment law, as well as general corporate matters. He also has extensive business experience working in Japan with a large electronics manufacturer, hydrological and meteorological instruments maker, and a multinational medical devices company.
Estates Planning Certificate Program — Fall 2013 Registration
On Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, Professor Lee-ford Tritt, along with current Estates Planning Certificate Program participants, will hold a round-table discussion about the Estate Planning Certificate Program. Topics that will be discussed will be the benefits of attaining the certificate, the requirements for attaining the certificate, priority registration and course selection for fall 2013. Professor Tritt is excited to meet everyone and pizza will be served. If you are currently enrolled in the Certificate Program, please drop by to introduce yourself to your colleagues or just to grab a slice of pizza.
LIC Notes: New LIC display complements CSRRR Spring Lecture
The Legal Information Center has put together a display concerning the issues of race, gun control, and American justice. Created by Reference Librarian Loren Turner, in consultation with fellow librarian Shamika Dalton and the Center for the Study of Race & Race Relations (CSRRR), the display complements the CSRRR’s 10th annual Spring lecture “At Close Range: The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin.” Some of the books highlighted in the display include:
- Protecting our Own: Race, Crime, and African Americans by Kathryn Russell-Brown
- Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control by Osha Gray Davidson
- At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray
- Race, Incarceration, and American Values by Glenn C. Loury
- The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America by Samuel Walker
- Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginning of Slavery to the End of Caste by Mark Stuart Weiner
The display will be available in the New Books area until the end of March.
New library food policy
Based on recommendations by students and the Student Library Advisory Committee (SLAC), the first floor is now a “no food zone.” Beginning Monday, March 11, food is allowed on the second floor, but only snacks, either non-messy fruits and vegetables or the vending machine variety (pretzels, chips, cookies, etc.). Study rooms remain food-free. Library staff hope this will accommodate student needs, both for quick bites while studying, and for completely quiet, food-free zones. Remember that drinks need a secure lid! Thank you for helping make the library a pleasant place to study. For more information, see Shira Megerman in HOL 175B.
Environmental students visit Belize cacao nursery for spring break
Gentry Mander (1L), far right, and Tom Ankersen (second from left) with representatives of the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education and farmers from the Trio Village in Southern Belize in front of a cacao nursery. Mander and the UF Law Conservation Clinic have been working with BFREE to create a private system of payments for environmental services to compensate the farmers for converting a portion of their farm to shade-grown cacao, which is used to manufacture chocolate. The farmers in the photo have entered into agreements with BFREE drafted by the Clinic. Project funding is provided through a novel use of monies from a Natural Resource Damages Act settlement in the United States. Students on the UF Law Belize Spring Break Field Course had the opportunity to visit the BFREE field station where the cacao seedlings are started, visit the farmers in Trio Village, and learn about the nexus between neo-tropical migratory birds in Belize and Massachusetts that provided the justification for the use of settlement funds.
UF Law Alumni and Student Orange & Blue-B-Que
Join your fellow (and future) UF Law alumni at the law school campus on Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. (before the spring Orange & Blue Debut football game) for this inaugural event hosted by the Center for Career Development. The CCD hopes to provide an atmosphere that helps foster connections between current and future generations of Gator lawyers. RSVP by March 31 here: Orange and Blue-B-Que RSVP.
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.