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STUDENT LIFE ACTIVITIES/TALK NEWSLETTER
UC Irvine School of Law • February 8, 2015
DEADLINES

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.

Friday, February 20, noon

2L-3L Add/Drop/Change Grading Option Deadline A $3 late fee for each chage will appear on the studetn'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

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 at UCI can apply for a Summer Fellowship this year.  They will need to 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.  We'll have limited slots available, especially this year, 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

Tuesday, February 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Professor L. Song Richardson: "Suspicion Cascades and Police Violence," Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building, room 1517
UCI Center for Psychology and Law hosts Professor L. Song Richardson for the February Brown Bag Series, discussing "Suspicion Cascades and Police Violence."  The high profile killings of unarmed Black men by the police have brought national attention to the persistent problem of policing and racial violence. Many accounts have been given to explain these instances of racial violence at the hands of the police, ranging from arguments that the police acted justifiably to arguments likening these killings to Jim Crow lynchings. It is tempting to blame racial violence on either the racial animus of officers or the purportedly threatening behaviors of victims. However, drawing from well-established research in the field of social psychology, Prof. Richardson will introduce the theory of suspicion cascades to explain how waves of decision-making errors can result in instances of racial violence even in the absence of conscious bias. Suspicion cascades reveal that racial violence is a foreseeable consequence of current policing practices and culture. As a result, unless corrective structural and institutional interventions are made, racial violence is inevitable regardless of whether officers have malicious racial motives or citizens engage in objectively threatening behaviors.  This event is free to attend and is open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Please check this website for updates.

Thursday, February 12, 4:00pm

LSSDP Movie Screening: The House I Live In, EDU 1131
Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) at UCI Law for a free screening of The House I Live In, a powerful award-winning documentary about the War on Drugs. This event is open to the whole campus community. Refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

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.  Catherine Lhamon is 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.

MEETINGS

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

Tuesday, February 17

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

Wednesday, February 18

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

WORKSHOPS

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.

Friday, February 13, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

3L Class Gift Townhall, Palo Verde
3L class gift committee townhall and spring semester fundraising kick-off event.

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.

Friday, March 13, 3:00pm - 6:30pm (New time!)

Free MPRE Review with Dean Chemerinsky
Save the date:The dean will be holding a FREE MPRE review on March 13 from 3:00 - 6:30p.m.  Details will be emailed soon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, February 9, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Grad Fair, Courtyard
Graduation is just a few short months away and it is time to start planning for the big day. We will be updating the Commencement website with a lot of useful information shortly, but the most important piece of information for you to know is that Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00am at Aldrich Park.  Our first Commencement event will be a mini Grad Fair on Monday, February 9, 2015. Please see below for more information.  At the grad fair:
Graduation Announcements
: Graduates will be able to view samples of the UCI Law Graduation Announcements and place orders with CB Announcements. Orders can also be placed online at www.cbgrad.com.
Regalia
:  The UCI Alumni Association will be on site with regalia samples.  They will demonstrate the proper way to carry and wear regalia and will also take measurements. Please be aware that the tams run small. Almost no one is really a size small so please take that into consideration.  Law school graduates will wear high quality regalia including a plush gown, hood, tam and tassel – graduates will be able to keep the tassel.  Regalia rental is $60 and can be ordered here. Regalia must be ordered by Friday, March6, 2015.  Just a heads up, it may take a few moments for the order form to populate on your screen.

Monday, February  16

Presidents Day - Campus Closure

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

Monday, February 9, 11:30am

3L Class Gift Spring Semester Kick Off Week, Courtyard
Join your 3L SBA class reps in the courtyard or our class gift fundraising week!

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 21, 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 the SBA and the Alumni Association 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.