Visions of Change

Occasional Notes from the Dean

Third Year's a Charm

I am tremendously excited as the Law School begins its third year of classes on Monday, Aug. 22. For the first time, we will have first-, second-, and third-year students and are very much looking forward to the commencement of our inaugural students on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

As a result of having more upper-level students, we have substantially increased the course offerings for second- and third-year students. All third-year students will be participating in a legal clinic, and we have created four: an appellate litigation clinic, a community economic development clinic, an environmental law clinic, and an immigration clinic. Additionally, although they do not meet the clinical requirement for graduation, we have created a clinic with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and also an international human rights clinic, both of which are available to second- and third-year students.

We have added nine new faculty this year: Funmi Arewa, previously at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching Business Associations this fall; Sameer Ashar, previously at City University of New York School of Law, who will be directing the immigration law clinic; Rachel Croskery-Roberts, previously at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching Lawyering Skills; Jonathan Glater, previously a visiting professor at UCI Law School, teaching Statutory Analysis; Rick Hasen, previously a professor at Loyola Law School, teaching Election Law and Remedies this fall; Katie Porter, previously a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, teaching Bankruptcy Law this fall; Trilby Robinson-Dorn, previously a partner at K & L Gates, teaching Lawyering Skills; Robert Solomon, previously a professor at Yale Law School, who will be directing the community economic development clinic; and Shauhin Talesh, who just completed his Ph.D. at the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley, teaching Insurance Law in the spring.

Susannah Pollvogt joins us as the Director of the Academic Skills Program and Charles Song joins us as the Director of Career Development. Laura Fry is now our Director of the Externship Program. We have many new staff in positions throughout the Law School. And I would be remiss if I did not thank Prof. Mario Barnes for becoming our Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

This year, we will be holding a mock trial competition for second- and third-year students in the fall semester, and again conducting a moot court competition in the spring semester. We look forward to the moot court finals on Friday, March 23. For the first time, we will be sending teams to national and international moot court competitions, including a team to the Jessup International Moot Court Competition under the direction of Prof. Chris Whytock.

We will continue to have a very active pro bono program under the direction of Anna Davis. Our hope and expectation is that every law student will participate in pro bono work this year.

We will once more have speakers and symposia throughout the year. As in past years, Prof. Henry Weinstein has planned a terrific set of lunch speakers.

As we begin our third year of classes, the Law School is in a terrific place. I look forward to a wonderful year.

Aug. 12, 2011

Erwin Chemerinsky
Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor
University of California, Irvine School of Law