When ENG meets LEX

20 Jul

The Other Lit in Litigation

If you have room for a general education elective, you may want to consider a literature course.

In a March 31, 2015 ruling in the U.S. District Court for Hawaii, Chief Justice Susan Oki Mollway quoted English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  “This court feels like the sailor in [the poem] who, trapped for days on a ship, becalmed in the middle of the ocean, laments, ‘Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.”

Chief Justice Mollway was referring to her inability to find any legal rationale for the National Maritime Fisheries Service’s approval of the U.S. Navy’s plan to detonate high intensity sonar with license to harm whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other marine mammals “up to 9.6 million times” during the planned exercises.  The suit was initiated by the National Research Defense Council and other environmental and conservation organizations.

Chief Justice Mollway, set to retire on November 6, is the first Asian-American woman to have been appointed to the federal bench.  She did her undergraduate work at University of Hawaii and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

– Barb Stenross

Fall 2015 LEX Classes

13 Jul

To find out what paralegal classes are being offered, log into Web Advisor, and select  “Search for Sections”. Under Term, select Fall 2015, and select “LEX” in the “subjects” box, and click on Submit.

Click on the image below to see a screenshot of the Fall 2015 LEX class list.

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You can save time by using the Search and Register function, which allows you to register on the same screen.

Important Dates for Fall 2015 Registration

10 Jul

You will need to meet with your advisor before registering for classes, so that you can be cleared to register. Interested  in online advising? You must:

– be admitted to a program as of the current semester;
– have an assigned academic advisor;
– have enrolled in courses at least once during the previous three semesters; and
– have completed at least 17 hours of college coursework

If you meet these qualifications, you may fill out a an application for online advising. Students must be cleared to register each semester, so it’s a good idea to contact your advisor at least a week prior to registration.

Early Registration

Early registration is reserved for continuing students who have been admitted to a program as of summer 2015 or prior and have enrolled in courses during at least one of the past three semesters. Eligibility is determined by credit hours completed by the start of the early registration period.

Early registration for eligible students with 35 or more credit hours begins: July 6

Early registration for eligible students with 17 or more credit hours begins: July 8

Early registration for eligible students with 4 or more credit hours begins: July 10

Early registration for eligible students with fewer than 4 credit hours begins: July 14

General Registration

During general registration, all advised students can add courses to their schedule using WebAdvisor, Durham Tech’s online system for student information and services.

Open registration for all advised students: July 16 – August 16*

Waitlist function available: July 6 – August 13

Registration is available through WebAdvisorall day except from 1 – 1:10 a.m. for daily maintenance and Fridays from 6 – 8 a.m. for weekly maintenance. WebAdvisor will remain available for schedule adjustments until Sunday, August 16.

*Ensure you are able to log into WebAdvisor prior to the end of the registration period. If you are unable to access WebAdvisor and require registration assistance, visit the Admissions and Enrollment Services office in the Wynn Center, room 1200, or the front desk at the Orange County Campus by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 14.

Late Enrollment and Advising

Last day to receive online advising, by 12 p.m., August 5
Last day to submit an enrollment application, by 5 p.m., October 14**
Last day to take a placement test, arrive by 1 p.m., August 10
Last day to attend a ConnectSession is August 10.

August 12-13 are late advising days, the last opportunity to meet with an advisor. Registration is not permitted if you have not completed an application, orientation, testing and advising by the deadlines. Please note that by late advising time, course availability is limited. You are encouraged to complete enrollment steps early.

Main Campus late advising hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Orange County Campus late advising hours: 1 – 6 p.m.

**Any applications submitted after Wednesday, August 5 may not be processed in time to begin classes on Monday, August 17. However, applications submitted between Thursday, August 6 and Wednesday, October 14 should allow enrollment for Mini-Session II, which begins on Monday, October 19.

Tuition and Fees Payment Deadlines

Full payment of tuition and fees is due according to the schedule below. During the week before classes start, full payment is due daily. If you do not pay on time, your courses will be de-registered and made available for other students.

If you register the week that begins July 6 or July 13, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. July 19.

If you register the week that begins July 20 or July 27, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. August 2.

If you register the week that begins August 3, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. August 9.

If you register August 10 or 11, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. August 11.

If you register August 12 or 13, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. August 13.

If you register August 14–16, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. August 16.

Payments may be made online through WebAdvisor all day except from 1 – 1:10 a.m. for daily maintenance and Fridays from 6 – 8 a.m. for weekly maintenance. Payment may also be made in person at the Cashier’s Window (White Building entrance foyer, Main Campus).

Fall 2015 LEX Textbooks

8 Jul

Textbooks for Paralegal Technology – Fall 2015

Lex 110 Introduction to Paralegal
Paralegal Today: The Essentials, 6th Edition
Roger Miller | Mary Meinzinger
ISBN-13: 9781133935629
608 Pages | © 2014 | Published

Lex 120 Legal Research I  – note that two books are used
1) Legal Research, 3rd edition
William H. Putman
Jennifer R. Albright Phoenix College
ISBN-10: 1285439937
ISBN-13: 9781285439938
528 Pages Paperback
Previous Editions: 2010, 2006
© 2015 | Published
2) ALWD Guide to Legal Citation, Fifth Edition
by Association of Legal Writing Directors, Coleen M. Barger
ISBN: 9781454828754 Published 2014

Lex 130 Civil Injuries
Tort Law, 6th Edition
J. Stanley Edwards, J.D.
ISBN-10: 1285448049 | ISBN-13: 9781285448046
© 2016 | Published

Lex 140 Civil Litigation I
The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition
includes Student Workbook
James W. H. McCord, J.D.
ISBN-13: 9781428323445
624 Pages | © 2008 | Published

Lex 160 Criminal Law and Procedure
Criminal Law and Procedure, 7th Edition
Daniel E. Hall
ISBN-13: 9781285448817
768 Pages | © 2015 | Published

Lex 210 Real Property I
North Carolina Real Estate Law, Third Edition
Neal R. Bevans
ISBN: 97816135683 Published 2015

Lex 250 Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Administration of Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 5th Edition
Gordon Brown | Scott Myers
ISBN-13: 9781133016779
624 Pages | © 2013 | Published

Lex 285 Workers’ Compensation
Workers Compensation and Employee Protection Laws in a Nutshell, 5th Edition
Hood, Hardy and Lewis – Published 2011
Author: Jack B Hood; Benjamin A. Hardy Jr.; Harold S Lewis Jr
ISBN-13: 9780314275325

Important Dates – Fall 2015

17 Jun

do-all-the-things1Important Dates for Fall Term 2015(pdf)

Check your Connect Mail for more information on registration, and remember to check in with your advisor at least a week in advance of your registration date.

Saving the Fox

9 Jun
Carl Fox WRAL screengrab

Courtesy WRAL.com

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox is no stranger to trials, and now he’s facing his own. Fox is battling a blood cancer–myelodysplastic syndrome–and needs a blood marrow donation. According to WRAL-TV, Bob Murray,a marrow donor recruiter, finding a match  “will be difficult because of the small number of African-Americans on the donor registry. Only 7 percent of people on the registry are black.” Registration to be a donor is free and painless, and the test kit can be ordered online and sent to your home. If you’re a match, don’t worry: donation in most cases is also painless–much like donating blood to a blood bank.

Fox earned his Bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been recognized for his service to the community.

For more information on Carl Fox’s battle and where you can go to help him and others, check out the WRAL story and Delete Blood Cancer. You can also join the “Save the Fox” group on Facebook, where his friends have created a July 17-18 bone marrow registry drive.

2015 Commencement Information

12 May

Need last minute info on The Big Day?

Durham Tech’s Commencement page is right here.

Step One: Purchase your graduation outfit. Extended to Thursday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 – 4:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Wednesdays); Deadline is 4:30 p.m. on May 14. You still have time to purchase your outfit! Pay the $24 fee at the Cashier’s Window, White Building, lobby area. Then bring your receipt to pick up your graduation outfit in the Dean’s office, Wynn Center, room 1309. Call 919-536-7207 x1418 if you need to make special arrangements.

Step Two: Attend the required rehearsal. Commencement Rehearsal, Monday, May 18, 10:30 a.m., Durham Performing Arts Center. Clear your calendar of all other obligations so that you’ll be able to attend rehearsal and feel prepared for the commencement ceremony. The rehearsal will only last one hour and 15 minutes. All students who wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must be present at the graduation rehearsal. The rehearsal is the only opportunity that students have to learn about the protocol for the evening commencement. Graduation rehearsal will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Information concerning directions and parking for the day will be available online at http://www.dpacnc.com. Plan to arrive a few minutes early since parking is not immediately next to the Arts Center.

Step Three: Line up by 4 p.m. to participate. Monday, May 18, 4 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center. By 4 p.m., you must be in the line up for the commencement ceremony according to programs and degrees.  If you are not in line at this time, you may not be able to walk across the stage to receive your degree, diploma or certificate. The Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony generally lasts 90 minutes.

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