Fall 2015 Events

Sept. 1
Mohannad Malas Lecture by Intisar Rabb: "The Decline of Doubt in Islamic Law"
4:30–5:30 p.m., Room 1131

Intisar A. Rabb is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. She also holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In her book Doubt in Islam, she explores a controversial popular notion about Islamic law today, which is that Islamic law is a divine legal tradition that has little room for discretion or doubt, particularly in Islamic criminal law. Despite its contemporary popularity, that notion turns out to have been far outside the mainstream of Islamic law for most of its history. RSVP and more event details >

Sept. 3
Guest Speaker Series: Ashleigh Aitken, Trial Attorney
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Ashleigh Aitken is a trial attorney who specializes in complex business litigation, class actions and major personal injury cases. Before co-founding Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, she worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a civil litigator at Morrison Foerster, LLP. She has been honored as “Attorney of the Year” by Orange County Women Lawyers and serves as President of the Orange County Bar Association. A light lunch will be provided; RSVP here by Sept. 1 to reserve a seat.

Sept. 3
Public Debate on Doctor Assisted Suicide feat. Dean Chemerinsky & UCI Prof. Kheriaty
6:00–7:30 p.m., Crystal Cove Auditorium, UC Irvine Student Center

The issue of physician assisted suicide, or what proponents prefer to call physician aid in dying, is back in the forefront of public policy debates in California. Although California Senate Bill 128, a legislative proposal to legalize this practice for terminally ill patients, was recently pulled from a vote in the Assembly Health Committee, there remain pending court cases on this issue in California, and proponents are prepared to introduce a statewide ballot initiative to legalize assisted suicide. Free and open to the public; RSVP here >

Sept. 10
Opportunities and Diversity in San Diego County DA's Office
12:00–1:00 p.m. , LAW 3750
UCI Law alumnus Tommy McClain and his colleagues from the San Diego DA's Office will discuss the importance of diversity in district attorney offices. Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and Criminal Law Society.
Sept. 10
CLEaR Film Discussion: “Disturbing the Universe”
6:00–7:30 p.m., EDU 1131
A focused look at a film that examines the life of attorney William Kunstler, most famous for his civil rights and anti-war cases. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.; viewing and discussion to follow.
Sept. 16
Guest Speaker Series: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will present his annual preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term. Please RSVP here by Monday, Sept. 14 to reserve your seat. A light lunch will be provided.

Sept. 16
Pulling Back the Blue Curtain: Police, Privacy & Public Access
4:30–6:00 p.m., EDU 1131
The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) and UCI Law present a panel discussion to examine issues of police secrecy and the public's right to know about law enforcement tactics. Featured speakers include Dean Chemerinsky and FAC's Peter Scheer. RSVP >
Sept. 19–20
2nd Annual IABA Foundation Conference
Sat. 6:00–11:00 p.m. | Sun. 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Hilton Hotel Costa Mesa

IABA & IABA Foundation, in collaboration with UC Irvine School of Law, presents the Second Annual National Conference September 19-20, 2015. The two-day event kicks off with a formal dinner Saturday evening, featuring an internationally recognized keynote speaker. On Sunday, the all-day conference offers CLE sessions presented by nationally and internationally recognized experts and dignitaries. Dean Chemerinsky is the featured speaker at the hosted lunch. Attorneys, judges, law students, CPAs and financial industry practitioners nationwide are invited. Event details at www.iaba.us

Sept. 22
Women in Mass Incarceration Summit
12:00–4:00 p.m., EDU 1131

This summit turns to the missing narrative of women in prison. It will explore complex patterns that frame women’s subjugation to law enforcement and the extra-legal and collateral consequences of policing women, including felony disenfranchisement, loss of housing and the chilling impacts on their children. Special presentations at the event include a keynote speech by a former inmate who is now a leading voice on issues of juvenile justice, mass incarceration and health care behind bars. Presented by theCenter for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law, co-sponsored by American Civil Liberties UnionUC Irvine School of Social EcologyUC Irvine Department of Gender and Sexuality StudiesUC Irvine Department of Psychology and Social BehaviorWomen In LeadershipLeague of Women Voters of Orange Coast and Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Sept. 22
FBA/OC 2015 Annual IP Program: Prof. Burk
6:00–8:00 p.m., EDU 1131

The Federal Bar Association Orange County Chapter, in coordination with UCI Law, presents “Through The Looking Glass: Alice and Other Hot Topics in Patent Law,” featuring Prof. Dan Burk. This program is approved for 1 hour of CLE in California.

Sept. 25
Symposium on Higher Education Access
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., EDU 1131

This symposium will bring together leading scholars of education law and policy and experts on the workings and effects of financial aid and selective admissions to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the latest, continuing crisis in higher education, and to suggest a way forward.

Sept. 25
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Bathrooms, Non-Ideal Bodies, and the Limits of American Law
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500-H

Prof. Kaaryn Gustafson (Law) will present “Without A Pot: Bathrooms, Non-Ideal Bodies, and the Limits of American Law.”

The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12:00–1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500-H). Lunch will be provided. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy for each workshop you plan to attend.

Oct. 8–9
Transforming Migrations: Beyond the 1965 Act
5:30–9:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Oct. 9, The Beckman Center and UCI Student Center, Doheny Beach Rooms

This conference marks two golden anniversaries of events that occurred within a day of each other half a century ago: the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (Hart-Celler Act) and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the University of California, Irvine. The conference brings together distinguished scholars, journalists, historians and lawyers to discuss immigration policy in the United States. UCI Law Prof. Jennifer Chacón is a speaker at the conference, and Prof. Annie Lai is on the conference planning committee. Speakers will discuss the past, present and future of immigration policy, examining the shift from the inclusionary vision of the 1965 Act to the enforcement patterns we see today.

Opening reception and journalsts panel is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at The Beckman Center, and the daylong conference is Friday at UCI Student Center, Doheny Beach Rooms. Details and RSVP here >

Oct. 9
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Corporate Fictions in Law & Literature
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500-H

Prof. Stefanie Mueller (English) will present “Corporate Fictions in Law & Literature.”

The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12:00–1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500-H). Lunch will be provided. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy for each workshop you plan to attend.

Oct. 14
Guest Speaker Series: Randi McGinn, Senior Partner, McGinn Carpenter Montoya & Love
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Randi McGinn is a prominent Albuquerque trial attorney and Senior Partner of the firm she founded there in 1985. She is known for her creative use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument. Ms. McGinn, a former Assistant District Attorney, was recently appointed as Special Prosecutor in the highly publicized police shooting case of a homeless camper. She is Vice President of the Inner Circle of Advocates (100 best plaintiff lawyers) and is double-listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers of America. Ms. McGinn is an adjunct professor of law at University of New Mexico and author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win.

Please RSVP here by Monday, October 12 to reserve your seat. A light lunch will be provided. 

Oct. 14
Prof. Jane Stoever on “Using Models from Psychology to Improve Legal Responses to Domestic Violence”
4:00–5:00 p.m., MPAA 420

The dominant theories used to explain domestic violence, the Power and Control Wheel and the Cycle of Violence, provide only limited insight into intimate partner abuse. Both theories focus exclusively on the abusive partner’s wrongful actions, but fail to educate about the survivor’s needs and process of ending violence. The Stages of Change Model from the field of psychology, conversely, reveals the process through which domestic abuse survivors seek an end to relationship violence and identifies the survivor’s needs and actions at various stages. At this workshop, Professor Stoever will discuss how insights from the Stages of Change Model can transform legal responses to domestic violence. Register >

Oct. 14
Law and Humanities Conversations on Inequality: “The Long Aftermath of Scottsboro”
Dinner 6:30–7:00 p.m. / Discussion 7:00–8:00 p.m. , LAW 3500
Presented by UCI Law, UCI School of Humanities and the Center on Law, Equality and Race, this reading and discussion event focuses on Patterson v. State of Alabama.  Details > | Patterson case document > 
To RSVP/Request a reasonable accommodation for a disability: olweber@lawnet.uci.edu
Oct. 15
Desalination: A Solution to Drought and Clean Water Demands?
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., EDU 1131

This CLEANR symposium, co-sponsored with Brown Rudnick, LLP, will explore the potential role of desalination as a viable source of clean water in our region, as well as developments in desalination technology in other arid regions of the world, such as the Middle East and Australia. This symposium will also identify the challenges and benefits of this technology with the guidance of practitioners and policymakers at the forefront of desalination. CLE credit is available for participants.

Oct. 15
China Boom/China Bust: Understanding the Implications of a Chinese Slowdown
5:00–6:45 p.m., Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium, Room 1200
The upheaval in China’s stock markets over the summer has left many wondering what is happening in the world’s most important growth engine. Are we witnessing the beginning of an economic crisis in China, or at least a dramatic slowdown after decades of massive growth? The UCI Long U.S.-China Institute brings together a panel of leading experts from academic and business circles to discuss these questions and provide a state-of-the-art understanding of the Chinese economy and the domestic and international impact of recent developments relating to it. RSVP >
Oct. 16
Patent Sovereignty and International Law
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., EDU 1111

This conference will utilize the recent Declaration on Patent Protection and Regulatory Sovereignty Under TRIPs as a launching point to explore the proper balance between international patent harmonization and national sovereignty.

Oct. 16
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: The Historical Development of Legal Aid...
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500-H

Prof. Shaun Ossei-Owusu (USC Criminology) will present “The Historical Development of Legal Aid, Public Defender Offices and the Right to Counsel.”

The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12:00–1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500-H). Lunch will be provided. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy for each workshop you plan to attend.

Oct. 19
The Initiative to End Family Violence Survivor Speaker Series
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111
The inaugural speaker for the Survivor Speaker Series is Norma Cumpian and her attorney, Heidi Rummel. In 1992 at the age of 22, fearing for her own life and the life of her unborn child, Norma Cumpian shot and killed her abusive boyfriend. Although domestic violence experts testified at her trial, the jury convicted Ms. Cumpian of second-degree murder and she was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Ms. Cumpian will share her story, which reflects the challenges women face while incarcerated, including separation from children, hopelessness, dehumanization, and the power structure in prison; and her inspiring journey.
Oct. 20
Guest Speaker Series: International Human Rights Lawyers, Martyn Day and Paul Hoffman
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Martyn Day is the senior partner of Leigh Day, and specializes in international, environment and product liability claims, often as group actions. Day is well known for running many high profile and controversial cases, mostly on behalf of groups of claimants, both in the U.K. and abroad. Paul Hoffman is a partner in Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP. Hoffman has served with many international human rights organizations, including ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he served as Legal Director and the Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee which oversees the their operations throughout the world.

Oct. 22
Dialogue+Screening: Miners Shot Down
5:00–9:00 p.m., HG 1010 and HG 1070 McCormick Screening Room, UCI
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress it, killing 34 and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self-defense. "Miners Shot Down" tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb. Pre-screening dialogue with director Rehad Desai, Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and Professor Frank B. Wilderson III. Center on Globalization, Law, and Society is a co-sponsor with School of Humanities. EVENT FLIER (PDF)
Oct. 23
Investing for Environmental Justice in Indian Country
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., LAW 3750

This workshop roundtable will connect Indigenous Nations, Native grassroots organizations, and members of the philanthropic and impact investment communities to guide investing for environmental justice and sustainable development throughout Indigenous territories in California. Convened by the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) and co-sponsored by the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative.

Oct. 28
Guest Speaker Series: Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Felicia Marcus is chair of the California Water Resources Control Board and former Western Regional Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Marcus has served in many positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She is known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress and for striving to make the government more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian Tribes, communities of color, local government, and agricultural and business interests.

Nov. 2
Author Meets Reader
6:30 p.m., LAW 3500

Co-sponsored by the Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEaR) and the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy (CBGHP), this evening discussion will feature author Dorothy Roberts and her book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Recreate Race in the Twenty-First CenturyDetails >

Nov. 3
Formal Launch of the Initiative to End Family Violence
4:00–6:30 p.m., Beckman Center
This event officially launches the interdisciplinary initiative at UC Irvine, co-directed by Prof. Jane Stoever. Dr. TK Logan will give the keynote address on “Stalking as Coercive Control,” and a reception will follow. Details >
Nov. 5
Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Energy in China, Germany, and the United States
3:00–4:30 p.m., UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, SB1 Room 5200

Jonas Nahm, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, presents this lecture to launch the 2015-16 Long Institute Lecture Series. Drawing on more than two years of field research in China, Germany and the United States, Nahm shows how firms respond to sectoral industrial policy by incrementally building on local industrial legacies, even in global, emerging industries such as wind and solar. As governments support renewable energy industries not just for environmental reasons, but also in the hopes of creating tangible economic rewards, this project points to the limits of industrial policy and explains who benefits and how. It also identifies a new and important role for firms from developing economies in the development of new technologies, particularly in industries central to addressing global environmental problems. Details and RSVP >

Nov. 6
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: For Love and Papers: Undocumented Latino Family Formation in the Shadows of Immigration Policy
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

The presenter is Laura Enriquez (Chicano/Latino Studies).

The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12:00–1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500-H). Lunch will be provided. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy for each workshop you plan to attend.

Nov. 13
The Challenge of Informed Consent in Times of Controversy
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. , Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UCI
This symposium tackles issues concerning the roles of law, science, technology, ethics, and society in the production and promotion of scientific knowledge through human research. Hosted by the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy at University of California Irvine, this meeting queries whether the FDA and other government agencies should intensify the regulation of human subject research and establish enforcement standards.
Nov. 16
Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture by Floyd Abrams
4:30–5:30 p.m., EDU 1131

Floyd Abrams is Partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and litigation practice group. He has a national trial and appellate practice and extensive experience in high-visibility matters, often involving First Amendment, securities litigation, intellectual property, public policy and regulatory issues. He has argued frequently in the Supreme Court in cases raising issues as diverse as the scope of the First Amendment, the interpretation of ERISA, the nature of broadcast regulation, the impact of copyright law and the continuing viability of the Miranda rule. Most recently, he prevailed in his argument before the Supreme Court on behalf of Senator Mitch McConnell as amicus curiae, defending the rights of corporations and unions to speak publicly about politics and elections in Citizens United v. Federal Election CommissionRSVP >

Dec. 3
China's Grassroots Courts: A Sociological Perspective
3:00–4:30 p.m. , Merage School of Business (SB1 Room 5200)

Part of the Long Institute Lecture Series, Kwai Ng, associate professor of sociology at UC San Diego, will present an overview of the Chinese courts today from the perspective of a sociologist.  He will explore how the Chinese courts are institutionally empowered by but also subjugated to the influences of different social forces — political, economic, and social. Details and RSVP >

Dec. 4
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Edelina Munoz Burciaga
12:00–1:15 p.m. , LAW 3500

Edelina Munoz Burciaga, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, will present on postsecondary access and social mobility amongst Undocu/DACAmented young adults in California and Georgia. The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays; lunch will be provided. All interested faculty members, law students and graduate students are welcome. RSVP >

Dec. 4
Redeveloping Democracy: Capturing the Public and Private Value(s) of Land Use
1:30–6:00 p.m., LAW 3500
Presented by the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, this workshop brings together researchers and practitioners in land use regulation and public finance to discuss challenges related to public participation and community engagement in the design and implementation of value capture regulation.
Dec. 6
Class of 2015 Swearing-In Ceremony
1:00–3:00 p.m. , Student Center, Pacific Ballroom D

Members of the Class of 2015, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend UCI Law’s annual swearing-in ceremony. Judge Glenda Sanders will administer the state bar oath, and Judge Andrew Guilford will administer the federal bar oath. RSVP >