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STUDENT LIFE ACTIVITIES/TALK NEWSLETTER
UC Irvine School of Law • February 22, 2015
DEADLINES

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

Saturday, March 7

Deadline to Apply for the ACC Southern California Diversity Bar Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship program is to pay for one bar review course for each selected recipient.  ACC-SoCal believes that it is incumbent upon the legal community to assist in alleviating the economic burden faced by financially challenged minority students as each student prepares for the California Bar Exam and a future in the legal profession. To help resolve this problem/burden, ACC-SoCal has put together a scholarship program designed to pay for a limited number of bar review courses for minority students that might have otherwise had to forgo taking such courses.  A limited number of recipients shall be selected from qualified minority applicants who demonstrate high moral character and financial need.  Please see e-mail from Nasreen Zia for the scholarship application and additional details.

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.

Sunday, March 15

Deadline to Apply for the Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship
The firm of Arnold & Porter LLP awards $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship is paid to the recipient's law school to help finance his or her tuition costs during the second academic year. Qualified applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school's student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student's need for financial assistance, but such need is not required. To apply for the Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship, please submit a current resume, official law school transcript and a personal statement (limited to 500 words) that describes your personal background and the importance of diversity in your life and the legal profession. An applicant also may submit a separate statement demonstrating the financial need of a scholarship to help finance his or her law school education, but such statement is not required. Applications should be submitted to Emilie Lawson, Professional Development Manager, no later than March 15, 2015 through this link Diversity Scholarship Application

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

Monday, February 23, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Long Institute Distinguished Lecture: Jerome A. Cohen, MPAA Executive Commons
The John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law is honored to welcome Professor Jerome A. Cohen of New York University to present the 2015 John S. and Marilyn Long Institute Distinguished Lecture. Professor Cohen is the senior American expert on Chinese Law and East Asian Law. He will present his thoughts on the development of law in China, discussing implications both for domestic as well as international context.  This event is free and open to the public, but please REGISTER ONLINE to ensure a seat.

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).

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

IPCS Film Screening: Everything is a Remix, MPAA 430
Celebrate Fair Use Week with a screening of the four part short film Everything is a Remix and other short video clips that explore how fair use shapes so much of what we see in music, technology, and more! Event will also feature a discussion with Professor Jack Lerner and Kirby Ferguson, director of Everything is a Remix. Hosted by IPCS and the UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.

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

Monday, February 23

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

Community Fellows Meeting, 3:15pm - 4:15pm, LAW 3500

Tuesday, February 24

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

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 408  *Please note the room change to accommodate potential candidates. Please come and observe if you are considering running in the Spring elections!

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

Wednesday, February 25

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

Thursday, February 26

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

WORKSHOPS

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.

Monday, February 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

SBA Board of Directors & PILF Board Join Information Session, EDU 1131
The SBA Board of Directors and the PILF Board are two of the best ways to be involved with student leadership at UCI Law. Come learn about what each group does and how you can be involved next year! You do not have to be involved with PILF to run for SBA, or vice versa. The student body will be electing an entirely new SBA Board of Directors in a few weeks. Open PILF positions include two executive chairs, two programming chairs, two fundraising chairs, and one publicity chair.  Pizza provided!

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.

Thursday, February 26, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Community Fellows Information Session, LAW 3600
The Office of Student Life is seeking 14-16 upper class students to serve as Community Fellows to the incoming class of 2018.  The Community Fellows Program was established to help first year students become acclimated to law school and the culture of UCI Law, create a sense of community among first year students and the larger UCI Law community, and provide information and resources that will assist first year students with the transition to law school.
If you would like to learn more about the Community Fellows program, please feel free to contact me, talk to a current CF, or attend an information session next Thursday, February 26 from 12-12:30 in LAW 3600.  Please note you CAN still apply to be a Community Fellow, even if you are not able to attend the information session. You can also learn more about the CF program and access the application here: http://www.law.uci.edu/campus-life/mentoring/community-fellows.html.  Applications must be submitted in person to the front desk in Student Services (EDU 1000) because you will sign up for an interview at that time.  All applications are due by noon on Tuesday, March 10.

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, March 2 - Friday, March 6

Mid-semester Review Week - No classes

SBA

Are you interested in student government or advocating for the interests of UCI Law students? Consider running for the SBA Board of Directors!
Spring Election Timeline:

February 22 - March 9: call for candidate statements
March 9 - 15: Elections open
March 17: Announcement of 2015-2016 SBA Board of Directors
Informational Events:

SBA Info Session Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 23 12-1pm - EDU 1131 (see details in "workshops")
"Office Hours" - Jamila Benkato, Chair, will be available to answer questions. Stop by and say hi!
Tuesday, Feb. 24 1-1:30pm [MPAA 408]
Wednesday, Feb. 25 11:30-12:30pm [Courtyard]
Open SBA Meeting - Business will be conducted as usual. Interested students are invited to sit in to get a sense of how weekly meetings work.
Tuesday, Feb. 24 12-1pm - MPAA 408

SBA Student Awards

Every year the SBA recognizes students, faculty and staff at the Pro Bono and Student Life Awards. The SBA Student Awards are nominated and voted on by students.  Please take a moment to nominate your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff for the SBA Student Awards by clicking here for 1Ls: https://eee.uci.edu/survey/1LSBAawards1415 and here for 2Ls: https://eee.uci.edu/survey/2L3LSBAawards1415.  For each category, please include the name of your nominee, and a brief statement of why you are nominating him/her. You can submit nominations until Monday, March 2 at 11:59pm. After Spring Break we will send out a ballot listing all nominees and brief statements as to why they were nominated.

Summer Externships

Laura Fry will be available to answer questions about summer externships in the law school courtyard on Wednesday, February 25 from 11:15am - 11:50am and on Tuesday, March 24 from 11:00am - 11:50am. Please stop by with your questions about externships, judicial placements and the process for enrolling in an externship.  If you have questions but are not free at those times, please contact my assistant Stacy Tran, to make an appointment to meet with Laura Fry at a more convenient time.  Some application periods for summer judicial externships are still open but will close in the next week to ten days.  See the Externship Catalog for more information. **If you are interested in applying to the Orange County Superior Court judicial externship program, please speak with Laura Fry before doing so.**

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!


MIX AND MINGLE

Tuesday, February 24 - Wednesday, February 25, 12:00pm

Entertainment Law Society Movie Ticket Sales Fundraiser, Courtyard
ELS will table in the law school courtyard in order to sell discounted movie tickets.

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Open Stage Night, The Blue Beet in Newport Beach
The Women's Law Society, Entertainment Law Society, and SBA present Open Stage Night, a Vagina Monologues teaser event.  Show off your skills and raise funds for the WLS.  Sign up to perform by emailing ckutlay@lawnet.uci.edu or by signing up at the ELS Box Office on Feb 24.  

Saturday, February 28, 8:00pm

Explore Santa Ana with AGS
Meet at PV Lounge for the launch party at 8:00pm.

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 University of California, Irvine School of Law 1L Reception. Business casual attire. Drinks and appetizers will be served. The Haynes & Boone UCI Law 1L Reception will be hosted at Haynes and Boone, LLP offices at 600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  RSVP to allison.solis@haynesboone.com by March 1. Please include a copy of your resume and law school transcript.

Sunday, April 12, 8:30am - 12:00pm

ARC Grad Decathlon 2015, ARC
The Grad Decathlon is a unique event that will challenge you to compete against the School of Medicine, Paul Merage School of Business, or School of Law, as well as your most difficult opponent — yourself.  The result is a memorable full-day fitness experience that builds professional and personal bonds that can last a lifetime, and gives you bragging rights back at your department. Your day at the Grad Decathlon will be filled with 8 physical events.  By participating in the Grad Decathlon, you join a community of like-minded people from the UC Irvine Campus that brings a real sense of teamwork and camaraderie to the event. You’ll have a chance to meet and network with some impressive people. Teams of 3 can sign up to compete for $30/team ($10/person).  Team captains can register at the ARC Sales Desk between 8:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays, and should email team rosters to jshalsey@uci.edu.

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.