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STUDENT LIFE ACTIVITIES/TALK NEWSLETTER
UC Irvine School of Law • February 1, 2015
DEADLINES

Sunday, February 1, 10:00pm

1Ls: Torts and Contracts Lab Applications Due
ASP is hosting a five-week workshop series offered from February 18 to April 1 for students who want to further their proficiency in legal analysis, studying, and exam taking skills.  The workshops will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. The lab workshops will use concepts from your torts or contracts class to provide you with multiple opportunities to learn and practice legal analysis skills.  You will also receive extensive feedback for improvement throughout the semester. Students accepted into the program are expected to make a good faith commitment to attend all classes and fully participate in the program.  If you want additional guidance this semester, we strongly encourage you to apply! Please submit your applications to Esther Song at esong@law.uci.edu by February 1, 2015 (Sunday) at 10:00 PM.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Chong or Professor Kung.  We look forward to working with you and have a great semester!

Sunday, February 1

ASP Fellows Application Deadline
The Academic Skills Program (ASP) is seeking a fellow to provide academic guidance to the incoming 1Ls during their first year in law school.  The position requires no more than 9 hours per week during the Spring 2015 semester and an extension to future semesters is possible.  The rate of pay is $14.50 per hour. The Academic Skills Fellows (ASFs) work closely with the Assistant Director of Academic Skills to manage social media channels and develop content for small group sessions and tips.  ASFs are responsible for leading the small group sessions, meeting with students individually, and providing feedback to students on various exercises throughout the semester. Qualifications: Applicants must be upper-division students (2Ls) in good academic standing at UC Irvine.  The important skills for the position include the ability to explain legal concepts clearly, to critically assess another’s work, and provide constructive feedback both orally and in writing. Training is provided, but students with past teaching, counseling, and/or mentoring experience are encouraged to apply.  How to apply: Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter, and a copy of their transcript directly to Christina Chong at cchong@law.uci.edu. Applications are accepted until February 1, 2015 (Sunday) and interviews begin the following week. The projected start date is March 9, 2015 (Monday).  If you have any questions, please contact Christina Chong at cchong@law.uci.edu.

Friday, February 6, 5:00pm

Mock Trial Deadline
The Mock Trial Board would like to invite you to participate in this year's Mock Trial competition. The competition is open to all 2Ls and 3Ls, regardless of whether you have taken Trial Advocacy. Those who haven't taken or are not currently enrolled in Trial Advocacy will need to attend the training seminar to compete. 1Ls may participate as witnesses.  To sign up for the competition, fill out the form by Friday, February 6 at 5 PM. 1Ls interested in participating as witnesses should email jbernstein@sycr.com.

Friday, February 6, 11:59pm EST

Cudahy and Motley Writing Competitions
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. We encourage participants to view this topic broadly and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.  Submissions must be emailed by Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59pm EST. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered. Papers must be emailed to cudahy@acslaw.org in Word format.  Click here for more details about the 2015 competition.

Wednesday, February 11, 4:30pm

Deadline for Diversity in the Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship
The California Bar Foundation’s Diversity in the Public Interest - Bar Exam Scholarship supports bar exam expenses for California law students from diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue careers in the public interest sector.  “Diversity” includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Link to application: http://www.tfaforms.com/357498.

Sunday, February 22

UC Student Regent Application Deadline
Applications for the UC Student Regent position are now available online! This is a great opportunity for our students to represent their peers and advocate for students’ needs at the highest level while expanding their network, develop leadership skills, and have their tuition paid for two years.
Application available online:
 http://tinyurl.com/ucstudentregent
Informational Luncheon with the Current UC Student Regent & Regent-Designate: 
Wednesday, January 14 12pm – 1pm (Dr. White Conference Room - Cross–Cultural Center)
For questions, please contact Kathy Dong (kdong@uci.edu) or Marie Paulo (mpaulo@uci.edu, or refer to the UC Student Regent website.

Monday, March 2

2015-2016 FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline
To renew eligibility for federal direct loans and receive disbursements for the Fall 2015 semester, now is the time to  submit a 2015-2016  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at www.fafsa.gov.  Be sure to include the UCI’s federal school code on your FAFSA: 001314.  If you don’t remember your Personal Identification Number (PIN), you can re-apply or re-activate your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. The priority filing date is March 2, 2015. If you file by March 2, you will receive an offer of federal loans before the end  of the Spring semester.  If you/your spouse have not completed your 2014 Federal Tax Returns yet, use estimated figures based on W2s/1099s or the previous year’s figures. Please do not report parental information on your FAFSA. You may follow up with my  office if additional information or documentation is requested. Also, please take advantage of the free online scholarship search at  our scholarship page

SPEAKERS

Wednesday, February 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Burt Neuborne, EDU 1131
Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, and anchored the ACLU’s legal program during the Reagan years. At the Brennan Center, he has concentrated on campaign finance reform and efforts to reform the democratic process. In recent years, Neuborne has served as principal counsel in cases that have resulted in the payment of $7.5 billion to Holocaust victims. In 1996, Neuborne appeared as Jerry Falwell’s lawyer in the Milos Forman movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. His new book, “Madison’s Music:” On Reading the First Amendment, was published in the fall of 2014.  Prof. Neuborne is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. Please RSVP here by February 2nd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

MEETINGS

Monday, February 2

Children's Advocacy Group Monthly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Moot Court Finals, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, UCI Student Center

Tuesday, February 3

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Wednesday, February 4

BLS Spring General Interest Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

Trial Advocacy Club Meeting, 12:00pm -1:00pm, LAW 4750

Law Review Mandatory Meeting, 7:15pm - 9:15pm, EDU 1111

Thursday, February 5

Environmental Law Society Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

WLS: Vagina Monologues All-Cast Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Room TBD, All those who wish to help with the Vagina Monologues production in ways other than performing are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.

LLSA General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Law Review Mandatory Meeting, 7:15 - 9:15pm, EDU 1111

Monday, February 9

International Law Society: An Introduction, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1131

Tuesday, February 10

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Student Coffee with the Dean, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, LAW 3500

WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, February 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Equal Justice Works Information Session, EDU 1131
Please come hear from Equal Justice Works’ Radhika Sing Miller, Senior Program Manager of Law School Engagement & Advocacy. Equal Justice Works (EJW) collaborates with law schools to create compelling public interest programs on campuses across the country. EJW wants all students to benefit from a public interest experience and make a connection between law school and equal justice that becomes a lifelong commitment to justice.  This information session will provide guidance on how to manage your student debt, fund an internship, find a public service job, and create your dream job.  Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, February 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: U.S. Air Force JAG Corps Information Session, LAW 3500
1st Lieutenant Christopher Pilch (Assistant Staff Judge Advocate), will discuss his career with the Air Force, the benefits of a career with the military, and the different practice areas that Air Force JAG Officers encounter.  A career as a JAG Officer offers many benefits. There is a wide range of practice areas including criminal law, family law, contracts, cyber law, and international law. Attorneys can gain a critical advantage as they are exposed to a myriad of practice areas and given a great deal of responsibility very early in their career. Please join us to learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps!

Saturday, February 7, 8:00am - 5:00pm

UCLA Public Interest Career Day, UCLA School of Law
Join students from throughout Southern California and representatives from more than 130 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private public interest-oriented law firms. This event provides law students an opportunity to meet with public interest and public sector legal organizations.  Career Day, which is free to employers and students.

Monday, February 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mock Trial Training, EDU 1111 
Mandatory training for 2/3L students who wish to participate in Mock Trial, but who have not taken or are currently enrolled in Trial Advocacy.

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Career Plan Workshop: Effective Use of Linkedin and Other Social Media, LAW 3750
This session will include an in depth discussion of the effective use of LinkedIn and other social media to benefit your job search and networking efforts. We will discuss the proper ways to construct a detailed LinkedIn profile and the ways in which LinkedIn can be used to broaden your network of professional relationships, obtain important legal and company news and information, and establish search parameters to assist in your job search. Time will be reserved for student questions and a discussion period.

Sunday, February 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Early Bar Prep: Overview of the Bar Exam and Essay Strategies, EDU 1111
The first step towards passing any Bar Exam is learning the insides secrets from the experts.  Attend Early Bar Prep to familiarize yourself with what is tested on the bar exam, learn studying and test-taking strategies, and practice each type of question that appears on the bar exam. The sessions are open to 3Ls and taught by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Linda Puertas, Director of Academic Skills, Sue Kung, Associate Director of Academic Skills, and Christina Chong, Assistant Director of Academic Skills. You can never be too prepared! Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Puertas at lpuertas@law.uci.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, February 2, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition - Final Round, Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center.
Come see the exciting conclusion to this year’s Moot Court competition!  Cheer on Jackie Shepherd and Aaron Benmark!  This is a wonderful opportunity to see two classmates argue before a distinguished panel of Circuit Court judges.  We hope to have a large turnout for what promises to be a terrific event.  Further details available on the Moot Court 2015 web page.

Bar Sitting Locations

3Ls – If you haven’t already weighed in, the Registrar needs information about what Bar Exams our spring 2015 graduates will be sitting for.  Please send a message to Registrar@law.uci.edu identifying what state you plan to sit for in July.  If you will not sit for the exam in July, please let us know when and where you think you might be taking the Bar exam.

WLS Clothing Drive

Spring Cleaning? New Year's Resolution to De-Clutter? Help others by passing on your new or gently-used items!  Women's Law Society (WLS) is holding a Donation Drive, to benefit Women Helping Women, providing employment support services to disadvantaged men, women, and teens to empower self-sufficiency, and Laura's House, a domestic violence shelter. Donation boxes will be available in the Dean's Suite (EDU 1000, behind the front desk) and in the student lounge (4th Floor MPAA) starting Monday, January 26, 2015, through Friday, February 13, 2015. Suggested items include: women's apparel, men's apparel, toiletries, household supplies, office/school/art supplies, children's/teens' gifts and books, crackers, plastic tableware and paper goods, gift cards, radios and alarm clocks, used cell phones, suitcases, and duffle/shopping bags.
Detailed wish lists may be found at:
Women Helping Women: http://www.whw.org/donate/clothing-and-accessories-donations
Laura's House: https://www.laurashouse.org/wishlist and https://www.laurashouse.org/donate-phone
Please email Andani (andania@lawnet.uci.edu) or Jiaxiao (jiaxiaoz@lawnet.uci.edu) if you have any questions. Thank you!

Writing Requirements

This is a gentle reminder that a form is needed to receive credit for your upper level writing requirement, including courses where faculty have indicated a writing requirement might be met.  Links to the writing requirement reference guide and the writing requirement signoff form are below.  Writing requirement reference: http://www.law.uci.edu/academics/UpperLevelWritingRequirement.pdf. Writing requirement signoff form: http://www.law.uci.edu/academics/registrar/forms/WritingRequirementSignoff.pdf. You can check your degree progress, including writing requirement status at: https://apps.law.uci.edu/DAR/.

Bar Exam Testing Accommodations

California Bar Exam testing accommodations are available to individuals with mental or physical disabilities as defined in the State Bar of California Admissions Rules.  Applying for an accommodation takes considerable time and requires considerable documentation.  3Ls:  If you wish to apply for an accommodation, please do so as quickly as possible.  2Ls and 1L:  You can apply early for an accommodation.  Students who apply early but are denied an accommodation will have sufficient time to file an appeal and gather together additional documentation.  Students who plan on filing for a California Bar Exam testing accommodation should read through the State Bar requirements carefully.   If you are planning on taking the bar exam in another state, be sure to check its requirements for applying for a testing accommodation.  Early filing is strongly encouraged.


MIX AND MINGLE

Friday, February 6, 9:00pm - 2:00am

Grad Club Night in Hollywood - AGS
NOTE: 21+ Event. (GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID OR PASSPORT REQUIRED).  Join us for a night of dancing and merriment at Boulevard3 in Hollywood with grad students from other programs in Southern California! We will be leaving from the PV Lounge for Hollywood at 9:00PM, and will depart from the club at around 1:30AM. Come dressed to impress and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!  Tickets for the bus may be purchased here: https://squareup.com/market/asuci/la-club-night, and will cost $20 each. There are a limited number of spaces available, so buy your tickets ASAP!  There are no refunds or exchanges. DON’T forget your ID for entry.

Saturday, February 7, 9:00pm - 1:00am

Barrister's Ball, Newport Dunes Back Bay Bistro
Join your classmates and guests at the biggest social event of the year! DJ, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, an incredible "opportunity drawing." Buses provided to and from the law school. Email has been sent with details. Email Sam Cretcher (scretche@lawnet.uci.edu) with questions.  Ticket sales at lunch daily (cash only; in 3600 on Tuesdays). Tickets are $55 from January 26 - February 1; $65 February 2 - February 6; $75 at the door. Online purchasing available - see email for link.

This newsletter is published each Sunday, compiled by gathering information from the UCI Law Calendar of Events and the student LEAF system. If you have a different type of announcement you'd like considered for this newsletter, please email jjones@law.uci.edu by noon Wednesday the week before.