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This member of the Class of 2016 will serve two years as vice-chair on the board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international network of students concerned about the impact of drug use on communities around the globe. She hopes to increase diversity within the organization and in the wider reform movement. Mendelsohn is founder and president of Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCI Law and has been active with SSDP since her freshman year at University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology. Read more >
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Inspired by the success of the Legal Profession course they launched with UCI Law’s inaugural class, professors Ann Southworth and Catherine Fisk have co-authored “The Legal Profession: Ethics in Contemporary Practice,” the only casebook of its kind targeted to first-year law students. Published by West Academic, the book integrates ethical and legal perspectives with the best available empirical literature on the topic and draws from various disciplines, including sociology, economics, history, philosophy and psychology. Read more >
A $25,000 gift from the Verizon Wireless corporate foundation helped UCI Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic reunite an abused mother with her 17-month-old daughter. The two had been separated for nearly a year, after the child was kidnapped by her father. The Verizon grant enabled the Clinic to hire private investigators, interpreters and translators and pay for transportation and ancillary expenses. “It has made an enormous difference in the lives of abuse survivors and their children, and we are grateful for this timely and vital support,” said Clinic Director Prof. Jane Stoever. Read more >
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