Upcoming Events

Mar. 24
NALSA Symposium: Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty Symposium
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., EDU 1111

This symposium will gather indigenous people together to discuss the realities of blood quantum and identity in Indian Country and Native Nations battles for sovereignty. The symposium is broken down into two main topics: “Blood Quantum, Culture, Lineage, and Identity” and “The Fight for Sovereignty.” The first panel will focus on the intersections of the above topics and how they affect tribal communities. The second panel will focus more closely on legal battles that Native peoples are facing in the judicial system currently.

Mar. 27
CLEaR Visiting Scholar Meera Deo on "Diversity in Legal Academia"
12:05–1:05 p.m., LAW 3500

Professor Meera E. Deo of Thomas Jefferson School of Law will present her work on Diversity in Legal Academia, drawing from empirical research to examine issues of inequality among American law faculty. RSVP, abstract and bio available on event page >

Mar. 27
Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy: Social Security is Fair to All Generations: Demystifying the Trust Fund, Solvency, and the Promise to Younger Americans
4:30–6:30 p.m., MPAA 420

Neil Buchanan of George Washington University is the presenter at this session of the Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium, which invites leading tax scholars and tax-policy experts to present their works in progress to a tax law seminar class at UC Irvine School of Law. Papers are discussed ahead of the presentations and students draft short response essays that are shared with the presenters. Tax practitioners, faculty from outside the law school, and anyone with a keen interest in tax policy are welcome to attend. RSVP here >

Mar. 29
Guest Speaker Series: Dr. Agatha Berger on Repeal of the Affordable Care Act
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Dr. Agatha Berger is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health and Fellowship in Family Planning in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. She received a BS in Biochemistry at the University of Scranton and then completed her medical degree and OB/Gyn residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. While in residency, she became interested in pursuing a specialization in family planning after seeing many discrepancies in reproductive health care access. Dr. Berger is active with Physicians for Reproductive Health, members of the medical community who seek to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, especially the health care needs of economically disadvantaged patients. Dr. Berger’s talk will focus on how repeal of the ACA will affect access to abortion, the dangers of "back alley" abortions, how telemedicine affects access to medicinal abortions, and related topics.This event is co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and the UCI Law Speaker Series. Please RSVP here by March 26 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Mar. 30
Panel Discussion: Rape Culture & Sexual Assault
12:00–1:15 p.m., MPAA 420

Sponsored by the UCI Law Reproductive Justice Initiative, the UCI Talks Sex and Gender colloquium series engages in timely, important conversations and debates on gender, sex, and race in politics, marriage equality, safety on campuses, and much more. Join us for this riveting and timely conversation about the various ways that rape is used as a tool of power and the effects it has not only in women's lives, but also in the broader society. Culling from their research, panelists Prof. Goodwin, Hannah Brenner of California Western School of Law and Marisa Cianciarulo of Chapman University Fowler School of Law will speak to the diverse ways in which rape culture continues to influence and shape cultures in prisons and immigrant detention centers, on college campuses, and in society more generally. Event details & RSVP here > | Event poster (PDF)

Apr. 5
Guest Speaker Series: Joan Biskupic on Covering the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Joan Biskupic is a Visiting Professor at UCI Law and a highly acclaimed author, journalist, and TV commentator. Her talk is scheduled after her return from covering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which are scheduled to begin on March 20.  Join us for a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at the confirmation process. Ms. Biskupic recently joined CNN as legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer. She is on a one-year sabbatical from her position at Reuters as an editor in charge for Legal Affairs. She has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years and has written several books on the judiciary, including Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014) and American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009). She is also the author of Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice (2005). She currently is working on a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. Please RSVP here by April 3 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Apr. 6–7
IEFV Conference: The Politicization of Safety
6:00–8:00 p.m. Friday, 8:30–5:00 p.m. Saturday, Beckman Center

Hosted by the UC Irvine Initiative to End Family Violence, “The Politicization of Safety” conference will critically explore political dimensions of interventions in (or failures to intervene in) family violence. Topics include challenges related to: reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, criminalization, failure to protect laws, police-perpetrated family violence, gun control, and campus responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. Friday evening features a lecture by Beverly Gooden, Victims’ Rights Advocate & Creator of the Viral Hashtag, #WhyIStayedA, followed by a reception. Saturday offers a full day of panel discussions. Registration, schedule and more event details >

Apr. 6
CLEaR Perspectives Reading Group: The Two Faces of American Freedom
6:30–8:30 p.m., LAW 3500

Discussion of the book by Aziz Rana will be led by Professor Seth Davis. The Perspectives Reading Group serves as an informal setting where students and professors can examine issues of concern or importance to marginalized groups, focusing on a particular issue or demographic group at each meeting. RSVP to Andrea Levenson at levensoa@lawnet.uci.edu For more information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email centers@law.uci.edu

Apr. 6
GLAS/ILS Panel: The Trump Administration and its Impacts on International Law and Foreign Relations
12:00–1:00 p.m., LAW 3750

How has the new administration affected life beyond U.S. borders? What actions are other governments taking in response to these effects? How are U.S. relations changing with traditional allies and long-standing enemies? Please join us to hear UCI Law’s international law experts Prof.  David Kaye, Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Prof. Gregory Shaffer, and Prof. Christopher Whytock discuss these questions, among other topics, related to the international legal landscape since President Trump took office. The event is co-hosted by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society and the International Law Society at UCI Law. RSVP here > For more information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact centers@law.uci.edu.

Apr. 7
Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
4:30–5:30 p.m., UC Irvine

Stephen B. Bright, who served as director, president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights, will present “ Defiance After All These Years: Continuing Discrimination on the Basis of Race and Poverty in the Courts.” Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, judicial independence, and sentencing. He is currently teaching at Yale and Georgetown law schools. More about Mr. Bright, an abstract of his talk, and online RSVP for the event, are available here >

Apr. 7
Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Keramet Reiter
12:00–1:15 p.m., Law 3500

Prof. Keramet Reiter, Criminology Law & Society, will present “Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement” (Forthcoming 2016, New Haven: Yale University Press). This event is part of the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Book Talk series in which UC faculty speak about their recently published books. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy (nmccoy@law.uci.edu)

Apr. 10
Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy: Formalizing Tax Law
4:30–6:30 p.m., MPAA 420

Sarah Lawsky of Northwestern University is the presenter at this session of the Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium, which invites leading tax scholars and tax-policy experts to present their works in progress to a tax law seminar class at UC Irvine School of Law. Papers are discussed ahead of the presentations and students draft short response essays that are shared with the presenters. Tax practitioners, faculty from outside the law school, and anyone with a keen interest in tax policy are welcome to attend. RSVP here >

April 13
Guest Speaker Series: Hussam Ayloush, Council on American-Islamic Relations
12:00–1:00 p.m. , EDU 1111

Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area. He has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the needy enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. As someone whose own close family members include Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Mormons and Jews, Mr. Ayloush is an active member of various interfaith groups promoting pluralism, dialogue, understanding and cooperation among America's and our world's diverse faith communities. In 2016, he was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “100 Most Influential” individuals in Orange County. Mr. Ayloush earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and an M.B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton. Please RSVP here by April 10 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Apr. 19
Take Back the Night: Prof. Goodwin Keynote Speaker
7:00p.m.–1:00 a.m., UCI Flagpoles

Take Back the Night is a candlelight vigil and march at UC Irvine to raise awareness about sexual violence and to honor survivors of such violence. Prof. Goodwin is the Keynote Speaker at this year’s event. Following the march, the group journeys through stations with visual displays and/or artistic performances addressing various aspects of sexual violence including societal factors that allow sexual assault to exist, its widespread occurrence and its devastating impact. The evening concludes with a speak-out where survivors can share their experiences of assault and recovery.

Apr. 20
Panel Discussion: Law & The Modern Family
12:00–1:15 p.m., Law 3500

Sponsored by the UCI Law Reproductive Justice Initiative, the UCI Talks Sex and Gender colloquium series engages in timely, important conversations and debates on gender, sex, and race in politics, marriage equality, safety on campuses, and much more. Join us for liberated, robust conversations on the role of sex, gender, and law in society. Event poster (PDF)

Apr 20
Mark P. Robinson Jr. Lecture: Harold Hongju Koh on “The Trump Administration and International Law”
12:00–1:00 p.m. , EDU 1111

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. Professor Koh is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its 15th Dean from 2004 until 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he took leave as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law to join the State Department as Legal Adviser, service for which he received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. Professor Koh has received 17 honorary degrees and more than 30 awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published over 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals.

Apr. 21
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Chris Whytock
12:00–1:15 p.m., Law 3500

Prof. Chris Whytock, Law and Political Science, will present Judicial Cosmopolitanism and Parochialism: Foreign Judgments in U.S. Courts. The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12-1.15pm) in the Law School (Room 3500H). All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy (nmccoy@law.uci.edu)

May 13
Commencement 2017
9:30 a.m., Aldrich Park at UC Irvine

Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017. Judge Alex Kozinski, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will deliver the keynote address. Julie Hartle of the Class of 2017 is the Graduate Speaker.

Jul. 17–21
Seventh Annual Session on Empowering Sustainability on Earth
All day Monday–Friday, EDU 1111

Empowering Sustainability is an initiative at the University of California, Irvine, dedicated to connecting sustainability leaders (fellows) across generations, countries, and disciplines through the exchange of ideas and experiences related to all aspects of sustainability, and fostering engagement and research on the ground through the collaboration among fellows and like-minded organizations worldwide. Launched in 2011, the UCI Summer Seminar Series "Empowering Sustainability on Earth," co-hosted each July by the UCI Law CLEANR and UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society, presents a series of seminars for members of the next generation of leaders of global sustainability from over 70 countries around the world. The seminar talks are open to the public. For more information on Empowering Sustainability, please click here.