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STUDENT LIFE ACTIVITIES/TALK NEWSLETTER
UC Irvine School of Law • January 25, 2015
DEADLINES

Sunday, January 25

The Voice Article Submission Deadline
The Voice is looking for articles from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for its next issue! Please send your submission to Jeremy Cowan (jpcowan@lawnet.uci.edu) or Anna Rea (akrea@lawnet.uci.edu) by January 25.

Saturday, January 31 - 5 New Spots!

Deadline to Register for the 2015 UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition (2Ls & 3Ls)
The University of California, Irvine and Broadcom Corporation are pleased to announce the 2015 UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition.
 The Competition will be held on February 28, 2015 and will include graduate students from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Paul Merage School of Business, and UCI School of Law. The UCI & Broadcom Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition will challenge students to structure and negotiate a joint development agreement for a new and exciting technology. The participants will develop practical transactional skills, collaborate on interdisciplinary teams, gain exposure to corporate issues, and learn best practices from a distinguished panel of Orange County professionals. The teams will be judged and awarded based upon the effectiveness of their business strategy, understanding of the issues, overall professional demeanor, and the terms of the final agreement. This is a great opportunity for students interested in IP, business drafting, and/or transactional law.  It’s also a great way to collaborate with engineering/computing and business graduate students.  An Awards Dinner will be held at the University Club at the end of the all-day competition.  Registration is on a rolling basis.  UPDATE: Each school will be allowed to have 15 students compete.  Waitlists will be created and additional teams may be formed.  Your registration will be time-stamped, so we will know the order in which students sign up.  Please do not register if you are not fully committed to participating.
Register here:  http://sites.uci.edu/bteac/
Registration Closes: Saturday, January 31
Official Teams Announced: Friday, February 13
Competition Day: Saturday, February 28

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, 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

Monday, January 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Professor Matthew Schaefer, EDU 1111
Professor Matthew Schaefer was named Nebraska College of Law’s inaugural Director of the U.S's first degree-bearing Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program in 2006; he has continued as director of the program ever since. He has organized regional conferences on space and cyber law in Omaha (in conjunction with US Strategic Command’s Space and Cyber Symposium), San Diego, CA and Ann Arbor, MI. He was the principle investigator responsible for administering a $1.71 million NASA grant from 2008-2011 that helped launch the program.This event is co-sponsored by the Space Law Society.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30pm

Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture: #BLACKLIVESMATTER, Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
UCI Law Prof. Kaaryn Gustafson is a featured speaker and Janice Austin, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Financial Services at UCI Law, will moderate the discussion at this event, presented by the UCI Cross-Cultural Center as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium 2015 and the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture. The Cross-Cultural Center established the Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture in 2001 to commemorate the work on racial understanding that Dr. White has promoted throughout his years at UC Irvine.  RSVP HERE.

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, January 26

APALSA Spring 2015 General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

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

Tuesday, January 27

LSSDP - First Meeting of the Semester, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 5

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.

WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, January 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Law Review: Student Note Workshop, MPAA 408
The Law Review will host this informative workshop for students interested in submitting a student note to be considered for publication in the UC Irvine Law Review. A student need not be a member of the Law Review to submit a student note, and thus all students are welcome to attend the workshop. The workshop will explain what a student note is and highlight some common elements found in notes that have been published in the Law Review. The workshop will also explain the benefits of writing a student note. The notes chair will then discuss the process for selecting student notes. The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for students to ask the notes chair any questions they may have about student notes.

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Law Review Town Hall, MPAA 420
Members are invited to discuss current issues with the journal, including a potential change to a two-year membership structure for new members in the class of 2017.

Wednesday, January 28, 3:15pm - 4:15pm

ASP: Be Successful in Law School by Getting the Most Out of Practice Exams! MPAA 420
Everyone knows you should take practice exams, but only a small percentage of students understand how to self-assess their answers effectively. Attend this workshop to learn how to judge whether your work product met the expectations of the professor. We will also talk about the process to view or request copies your exam answers.  Cupcakes are provided!

Wednesday, January 28, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CDO Career Plan Workshop:  Spring Training - Refreshing Your Resume & Interviewing Skills, EDU 1131
This interactive session for 2L and 3Ls will be an opportunity to recharge your job search by refreshing your resume and interviewing skills. The CDO will share resources and strategies, and there will be breakout sessions covering private sector, clerkships, public interest, and government job search strategies. Students are welcome to attend at any point during the session.

Thursday, January 29, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Mock Trial Information Meeting, EDU 1131
UCI's Fourth Annual Mock Trial Competition will be held this Spring. The competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. 1Ls, though not eligible to compete, may still participate as witnesses. Those interested in participating should attend the informational meeting on January 29 at Noon led by Justin Bernstein, a litigation associate at Stradling Yocca. The informational meeting will discuss the format of the competition and other details.  Please RSVP by noon on January 27 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, January 29, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

CDO/Community Fellows: 1L Interview Mixer, Courtyard
Current and past Community Fellows will be present to answer 1L questions about interviewing, including proper dress and etiquette, common interview questions, and more! Each Community Fellow will be wearing a suit they are comfortable wearing in interviews, to showcase the variety of options. 1Ls in attendance will also have the chance to win prizes in an interactive challenge. Casual attire is acceptable for 1Ls. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP on Symplicity!

Friday, January 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm & Saturday, January 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

5th Annual Global Justice Summit, UCI Student Center, Doheny A/B
The Global Justice Summit is an annual event at UCI Law, created by students and advised by Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, in which, each year, students draft a new constitution for a new legal entity: a new country, a former colony, or a break-away, post-revolutionary or post-civil war country.  Students receive training in multi-party negotiation, meeting facilitation and comparative constitutional law in workshops which precede the event.  Each year, the Summit is accompanied by lectures and presentations by leading scholars and participants in comparative constitutional drafting and analysis. The 2015 speakers include Professors Wayne Sandholtz (USC Political Science and Law School, formerly UCI) and Paula Garb (UCI, Center for Global Peacemaking). Past participants have included Professors Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School), Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago, Law School and Political Science), Heinz Klug (Wisconsin Law School); Jorg Fedtke (Tulane Law School) and Keally McBride (University of San Francisco, Politics Department).  Everyone is invited to attend the Guest Speaker sessions at 12 noon on Friday and on Saturday. Participation in the Summit or attendance at workshops is not required to attend the speaker events.
Friday, Jan. 30 Speaker: Wayne Sandholtz, University of Southern California, John A. McCone Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Law. You must RSVP online here by Wednesday, January 28 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.
Saturday, Jan. 31 Speaker: Paula Garb of the University of California, Irvine, Board Member of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and School of Social Sciences Lecturer. You must RSVP online here by Thursday, January 29 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Saturday, January 31, 10:30am-4:00pm

CDO: 1L Mock Interview Program, Law Library
A fundamental component of securing a job is a successful interview. The CDO is providing the opportunity to practice interviewing with a member of the UCI Law School community. Each mock interview will last 30 minutes – 20 minutes for the interview and 10 minutes for feedback. All interviews will take place between 10:30am and 4:00pm. All mock interviewers will be CDO career counselors and UCI Law alumni. You will not be paired with your primary career counselor.  You will have the chance to practice your answers to common legal interview questions and receive feedback on the substance of your answers, as well as your demeanor and interview attire. We strongly encourage you to participate!

Saturday, January 31, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pursuing a Career in Public Interest Law, MPAA 420
Public interest careers are fulfilling and rewarding, but getting a public interest job can be challenging.  Come meet with a group of UCI Law alumni who practice in the public interest, and learn how they got there.  The alumni will give practical insight on how to approach law school, networking, and other career-related topics aimed at becoming a public interest lawyer.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Become an Admissions Ambassador!

The Admissions office is seeking current students (especially 1Ls) to assist with law school tours, calling admitted students, and other various Admitted Students Weekend activities (ASW is April 10-11). An information session will be held on Wednesday, January 28 at 12pm in MPAA 408.  Please contact Michelle M. Coscia-Roosen, Admissions and Recruitment Officer, at mcoscia@law.uci.edu to RSVP.  Lunch will be provided.

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-phonePlease 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.

Health Alert

The Orange County Health Care Agency has released information regarding the presence of measles in Orange County. Further, they have identified the Ayala Science Library on the University of California, Irvine’s campus as a potential exposure location. We have some information that an individual with measles was at that location between 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 4.  The risk of developing infection after brief encounters with persons with measles is low, but as a precaution, people who think they have been exposed to an individual with measles should review their vaccination history and talk to their health care provider about how to monitor themselves for illness. Measles spreads by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles causes high fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes and symptoms generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. People are contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. Anyone suspected they have measles should call their medical provider before arriving at the medical office to avoid exposing other to the measles virus.  Students can contact their private health care providers or the Student Health Center for questions and concerns. The Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and has extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Center is also open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. Center staff can be reached at (949) 824-5301.  Additional information about the measles can be found on the following website: http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/measles.


MIX AND MINGLE

Satruday, January 31, 8:00pm

Explore Santa Monica with AGS
Meet at PV Lounge for the launch party at 8:00pm.  Please check the AGS website for additional details.

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). $45 early bird pricing ends Sunday, 1/25 at midnight. 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.