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STUDENT LIFE ACTIVITIES/TALK NEWSLETTER
UC Irvine School of Law • February 15, 2015
DEADLINES

Friday, February 20, noon

2L-3L Add/Drop/Change Grading Option Deadline A $3 late fee for each change will appear on the student's ZOT bill.

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.  For questions, please contact Kathy Dong (kdong@uci.edu) or Marie Paulo (mpaulo@uci.edu, or refer to the UC Student Regent website.
Application available online:
 http://tinyurl.com/ucstudentregent

Sunday, February 22

The Voice Article Submission Deadline
The Voice is looking for articles from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for its next issue! The next issue is going to be a themed issue for the Vagina Monologues, but the editors will accept submissions on any subject. Please send your submission to Jeremy Cowan (jpcowan@lawnet.uci.edu) or Anna Rea (akrea@lawnet.uci.edu) by February 22.  The most recent edition of The Voice can be found here.

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

Friday, March 13

Mexican American Bar Foundation Scholarship Deadline
The Mexican American Bar Foundation proudly announces the opening of the application season for its California Bar stipend program and its annual scholarship awards program.  Established in 1991 by volunteer lawyers and judges, the Foundation has pursued its mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession through education by awarding bar stipends and scholarships to Latino law students in Southern California.  Full eligibility requirements and applications can be found at www.themabf.org. For questions contact Patricia Higuera Stout, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, at patricia.higuera@dlapiper.com.

Monday, March 23

Californians for Equal Justice Summer Stipend Application Deadline
Equal Justice America is launching Californians for Equal Justice this year, making students at all ABA approved California law schools eligible for EJA Fellowships.  Students must line up a placement with a non-profit organization in California that provides civil legal assistance to the poor.  Information on how to apply can be found at this link.  https://www.equaljusticeamerica.org/prev_applications/ApplicationSummer.htm.  The EJA Fellowships for UCI students will be highly competitive.  Limited slots available, especially since this is the first time CJA is offering fellowships to students at all California law schools.  The number of UCI students funded will increase as the program moves forward in the years to come.

Monday, March 30

DRI 2015 Diversity Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
Deadline to apply for one of two $10,000 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships.  DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar (www.dri.org) -wants to ensure that top diverse law students from across the country are aware that these scholarships are available. The application is available on its website: www.dri.org.

SPEAKERS

Wednesday, February 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Gender Non-conforming and Trans*Youth Panel, EDU 1131
OutLaw, Women's Law Society, OCHRA and Children's Advocacy Group invite you to join us at lunchtime for a Gender Non-conforming and Trans* Youth Speaker Panel.

Thursday, February 19, 11:55am - 1:15pm

Professor Michele Goodwin and BLSA: Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society, LAW 3500
Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society is a dialogue series sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy to examine the intersections of law, race, society, and mental health through the use of dialogue and documentary.  The series provides a forum for thinking about the emotional, psychological, and mental health dimensions of social violence and discrimination, examining legal cases as a platform for the discussions. The series is moderated by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Public Health and Gender & Women’s Studies.   This discussion will focus on White Flight and The Wage of Poverty: Economic Discrimination in The 20th Century, with a screening of Race-The Power of An Illusion: The House We Live In.  RSVP here to ensure a seat and lunch. Full series schedule and details here.

Thursday, February 19, 6:00pm

China 20/20: Looking Forward, Social and Behavioral Science Gateway, Room 1517
Join the School of Social Sciences as we ring in the Chinese New Year with a stimulating and informative conversation about China’s changing dynamics. How will the country look over the next 20 years? What impact will political, legal, urban, healthcare and economic reforms have on the nation’s population and the rest of the world? Get insight and perspective from UCI experts on these topics and more at the second talk in the school’s three-part Expert Speaker Series.  Click here for more information.

Friday, February 20, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

American Automobility: Mentoring, The Open Road, and Race, LAW 3500
The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy presents Prof. Fon L. Gordon, a scholar of the 20th century South. She is working on a social history of the automobile in Florida as symbolic of the New South and the nation. She is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Central Florida at Orlando.

Friday, February 20, 12:00pm - 1:40pm

CLEaR/CLSC Lecture: Tonya Brito, "I Do for My Kids: Negotiating Race, Class and Gender in Child Support Enforcement Proceeedings," LAW 3750
The Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School will present her paper. This qualitative study examines how attorney representation and other more limited forms of legal assistance affect civil court proceedings for low-income litigants. In each of our two field sites, we are conducting a focused ethnography of child support enforcement cases at a county courthouse. Each research site comprises a busy child support docket in an economically depressed community. The child support obligors in these cases are predominately low-income noncustodial fathers, racially diverse, and include a critical mass of historically marginalized groups. Our findings examine how legal professionals and obligors negotiate the court hearings, interact with each other, and make meaning from the court process.  In this context, we interrogate the race, gender and class dimensions of the court process for low-income litigants. In particular, our findings show how government attorneys construct multiple (and sometimes conflicting) narratives to justify the legal positions they take in enforcement actions against very low-income obligors. We also examine the counter-narratives presented by obligors in their defense, and under what circumstances (and how) the parties struggle over their competing narratives. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP to ensure a seat and lunch.

Saturday, February 21, 8:00am -5:00pm

Critical Perspectives on the Drug War - Student Sponsored Symposium, EDU 1111
An Associated Press investigation in 2010 concluded the United States has spent over $1 trillion on the War on Drugs since 1970. Despite decades of effort and incarcerating more than 37 million people for drug-related offenses, drug use remains high, and drug supply and purity are greater than ever, according to AP and CNN reports.  The panelists at this symposium will demonstrate how past prohibitionist policies have failed, and how it’s time to reevaluate our approach. The recent referendum victories legalizing marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. highlight the public’s growing desire and readiness for sensible drug policies.  At this symposium, experts from the legal, political and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs and full-time reform workers will take a deeper look at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and will discuss the future of drug policymaking.  Register online here.

Monday, February 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Catherine Lhamon - "Civil Rights and Education: Uprooting Discrimination and Delivering Justice," EDU 1131
The Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law presents Catherine E. Lhamon, the assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. President Obama nominated her for this position on June 10, 2013, and she was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 1, 2013. Immediately prior to joining the Department, Lhamon was director of impact litigation at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Before that, she practiced for a decade at the ACLU of Southern California, ultimately as assistant legal director. Earlier in her career, Lhamon was a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center, after clerking for The Honorable William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Lhamon received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and she graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.  Reception to follow. RSVP online here.

Tuesday, February 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Criminal Law Society Guest Speaker: Martin Schwartz, Assistant OCPD, EDU 1111
Martin Schwarz is an Assistant Public Defender with the Orange County Public Defender's Office. He is renowned within the office for his great knowledge of the law. He has worked as Head of Court at the West Justice Center in Westminster and is currently the manager for Alternate Courts (e.g. drug court and juvenile court).

Wednesday, February 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Ninth Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder, EDU 1111
The Women's Law Society and the Guest Speaker Series are pleased to welcome Judge Mary M. Schroeder to the School of Law.  Judge Schroeder is a Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she was one of just six women in her class at the University of Chicago Law School.  She began her legal career at the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney, and then clerked for the Arizona Supreme Court.  In 1971 she became the first – and then only – woman lawyer associate with a major law firm in Arizona.  She authored the first Arizona law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex, and played a key role in passage of the Violence Against Women Act.  Judge Schroeder was the first woman to serve on the Arizona Court of Appeals, and sparked controversy when she continued to nurse her infant in chambers.  She championed the importance of balancing work and family, and helped ease the burdens of women in the legal profession and working mothers around the country.  Judge Schroeder then became the first woman from Arizona to be appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Circuit’s first female Chief Judge (2000-2007).   One of the opinions of which Judge Schroeder is most proud is Hirabayashi v. United States (1987), which vacated convictions of an American man of Japanese descent who refused to follow military orders to enter internment camps or abide by a curfew during World War II.  Please RSVP here by February 23rd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Wednesday, February 25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The US Supreme Court and Same Sex Marriage: Reflections on Power, Privacy, and Equality, LAW 3500
The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy presents Dale Carpenter, Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law at University of Minnesota Law School.  Prof. Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law. In 2014, he won the University’s top award for graduate and professional teaching, earning the title Distinguished University Teaching Professor. He was selected Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for 2013. He is author of the award-winning book Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas. Since 2004, he has served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary.

Friday, February 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Supreme Court Moot - City of Los Angeles v. Patel, EDU 1111
***NOTE*** Because of the highly confidential nature of a Supreme Court moot, this event is not open to the public.  UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to enter the room.  Question:  Is a municipal ordinance that allows police to inspect hotel records without a warrant inconsistent with the Fourth Amendment's privacy expectations?  The case will be argued by New York appellate litigator Josh Rosenkranz, who represents the City of Los Angeles.  Mr. Rosenkranz heads Orrick’s Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice.  He has played a leading role in more than a dozen Supreme Court cases, having argued eight in the past six years.  He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University.  Please RSVP here by Wednesday, February 25 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.


MEETINGS

Tuesday, February 17

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

Entertainment Law Society's Spring Kick-Off, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 430

Wednesday, February 18

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

Global Justice Summit Interest Meeting, 7:00pm -8:00pm, MPAA 408: All interested 1Ls and 2Ls are invited to come and learn more about getting involved in the Global Justice Summit Board. Help us grow this unique UCI Law institution!

Monday, February 23

PILF Townhall for 2015-2016 Elections, 12:00pm- 1:00pm, EDU 1131

Veteran's Advocacy Society: Board Elections and General Issues Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Tuesday, February 24

IRAP Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1131

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

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

WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, February 18, 12:00pm

Islam Awareness Series: Root of our Identity, Basis of our Unity, Dr. White Room in the Cross Cultural Center.
UCI Student Affairs present Islam 101: Root of our Identity, Basis of our Unity as part of the Islam Awareness Series.  Presentation by Imam Mustafa Umar, followed by a Q & A session.  Lunch will be served.

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.

Tuesday, February 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

UCDC: Panel Discussion & Informational Session, UCI Alumni and Program Director Nicole Lehtman, Law3750
UCDC Law is a full-semester externship program in Washington D.C.  The program offers students unique opportunities to work in one of the many government agencies or impact organizations based in the nation’s capital while also exploring the D.C. legal market and the city itself.  Students who have participated in the program will discuss their experiences in a panel discussion moderated by Ms. Lehtman.  Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to Stacy Tran, stran@law.uci.edu by Monday February 23, 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Perspectives: A Reading Group (CLEaR), LAW 3500
Come join us for another engaging discussion! Perspectives is a monthly student discussion group. This month is led by Professor Glater. We're discussing Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream by Suzanne Mettler [focus on Ch. 1, 2, 4, & 7]. Book is on reserve in the library and available online. Dinner provided.  RSVP to jbenkato@lawnet.uci.edu.

Thursday, February 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Skills Workshop:  Post-Graduate Fellowships Nuts and Bolts, MPAA 408
This presentation will give application information for Skadden, EJW, and Soros Fellowships as well as information on finding smaller foundation and agency-based fellowships. 2L students who intend to apply for post-graduate fellowships are strongly encouraged to attend, although 1L students are welcome as well. Students interested in applying for Skadden fellowships should plan to attend both this event as well as the Skadden-specific event on March 25th. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Friday, March 13, 3:00pm - 6:30pm

Free MPRE Review with Dean Chemerinsky
UCI School of Law is once again pleased to hold a special 3 ½ hour MPRE exam preparation course on Friday, March 13 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in EDU 1131. The course is designed for students taking the March 28 MPRE exam.  Passing the MPRE is necessary for admission to most state bars, including California.  It can be taken after the first year of law school.  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will teach the course, which is free to all students. Room capacity is limited.  Please RSVP  by Tuesday, March 10.  Since we open this review to students from other OC law schools, it is important to reserve your seat early (we do block off a number of seats for UCI Law students). Students seeking testing accommodations should begin working on their accommodations applications as early as possible.  Please read the instructions thoroughly and carefully. Information on signing up to take the MPRE can be found here: http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre/mpre-registration/.

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1L Mandatory Workshop on Registering for Fall Classes, EDU 1111

Save the Date: Thursday, March 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty/Adjunct Panel on Fall Course Offerings, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this fall.  Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics.  Q & A will follow the presentations.  Please RSVP by noon on March 17 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, February  16

Presidents Day - Campus Closure

Law Review

Print copies of Preemptive Strike: Law in the Campaign for Clean Trucks by UCLA Professor Scott Cummings have arrived! Feel free to stop by the Law Review Office in MPAA 443 on Wednesday 2/18 between noon and 1:00 pm to pick up a copy. 

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/.

Exit Counseling with Financial Aid

Federal regulations and UCI policy requires all students who took out student loans must complete Exit Counseling before leaving school. This requirement is in place so that you will receive essential information about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower.  You will receive information about types of loans you received, when and where to make your payments, what to do if you cannot make your payments, and what can happen if you do not make your payments. We will also cover information about our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). To discuss your rights and responsibilities in more detail, we offer one-on-one Exist Counseling sessions.  I highly encourage you to take advantage of the session by making an appointment. The session will take about 20 to 30 minutes.  Ms. Jennifer Terrazas, our Student Financial Services Counselor and I are looking forward to meeting with you. Please don’t wait until the last minute to take advantage of the one-on-one Exit Counseling session.  If you decide not to take advantage of our one-on-one Exit Counseling session than you must complete the Exit Counseling on-line by visiting www.studentloans.gov. Keep in mind that the on-line Exit Counseling session will not cover information about our LRAP.

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

Tuesday, February 17, 11:40am - 1:30pm

Vagina Monologues Bake Sale, Courtyard

Thursday, February 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Community Tea - LSSDP, Courtyard
Join Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy and SBA in the courtyard for a community tea!

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Haynes and Boone 1L Reception, Haynes and Boone, LLP, 600 Anton Blvd, Suite 700, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Please join Haynes and Boone, LLP for the UCI Law 1L Reception.  Business casual attire.  Light refreshments.  RSVP to allison.solis@haynesboone.com by march 1. Please include a copy of your resume and law school transcript. 

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30pm

Pro Bono & Student Life Awards, University Club
Save the date!  More details to come, but we hope you will join the Pro Bono Office and Student Services in recognizing your peers, hearing about your peers’ pro bono contributions, and finding out who won the SBA Student/Faculty Awards.

Monday, April 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

SAVE THE DATE: UCI Law Student & Alumni Mixer, Red-O Restaurant
Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in an evening of mingling and hors d'oeuvres at our second annual UCI Law Alumni Reception. This event is hosted by Greenberg Gross LLP and will take place at Red-O Restaurant in Newport Beach.

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.