Upcoming Events

Feb. 17
Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Mona Lynch
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

Prof. Mona Lynch, Criminology Law & Society, will present “Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court” (Forthcoming 2016, Russell Sage Foundation). This event is part of the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Book Talks series in which UC Irvine faculty will 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)

Feb. 21
Mohannad Malas Lecture in Islamic Law by Mark Massoud
5:30–6:30 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law, Room 1111

Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate Professor in the Politics Department and Legal Studies Program at University of California Santa Cruz. His research focuses on law in conflict settings and authoritarian states, and on Islamic law and society. He teaches courses and advises students in the areas of international law, human rights, comparative law, and the politics of law and religion. His first book, Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press), traces how colonial administrators, post-colonial governments, and the international aid community each used law to build stability amid political violence and civil war in Sudan. The book received awards from the Law and Society Association and the American Political Science Association. RSVP here >
More about the Mohannad Malas Endowed Chair and Lecture >

Feb. 23
IEFV: Creating Safe Spaces: Why Trauma-Informed Care is Crucial to Adolescent Health
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Dr. Candace W. Burton is an Assistant Professor of Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine and a former domestic violence advocate. She became a nurse in hope of increasing understanding of the impact of relationship-based abuse and trauma on women’s health. Her most recent research focuses on the biobehavioral and biological health effects of intimate partner violence, specifically genomic and epigenomic changes as well as other biobehavioral outcomes thereof. Dr. Burton is also a trained qualitative and mixed methodologist, and has published on intimate partner violence, young adult women’s health, social media in nursing, and women’s reproductive health in the context of coercive and controlling relationships. She holds undergraduate degrees in Studies in Women and Gender and in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Burton is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in both Advanced Forensic and Advanced Genetics Nursing, and has been a member of NNVAWI for since 2004.

Feb. 23
When Pride Isn't Enough: Policing & Punishment of LGBTQ
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)

Feb. 24
Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Sora Han
12:00–1:15 p.m., Law 3500

Prof. Sora Han, Criminology Law & Society, will present Letters of the Law: Race and the Fantasy of Colorblindness in American Law (2015, Stanford University Press). This event is part of the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Book Talks series in which UC Irvine faculty will 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)

Feb. 25
First Annual UCI Law Alumni Pro Bono Day
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Crossroads United Methodist Church, 2354 N. Wilmington, Compton, CA 90222

A Fresh Start Expungement Clinic willl take place Saturday, Feb. 25 in Compton, CA, offering alumni an opportunity to assist litigants expunge criminal records, and prepare Prop 47 and Prop 64 applications. 30 to 40 alumni volunteers are needed. Volunteers are required to attend one of two evening training sessions: Feb. 16 at UCI Law, or Feb. 22 at Public Counsel in Los Angeles. Even if you have previously been trained on expungements, you must attend a training to learn about clinic logistics. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 3. Details and registration here >

Feb. 25
UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition
All day, The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

The daylong 2017 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition brings together law students and graduate students from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science, and Paul Merage School of Business to form teams and challenges the students to structure and negotiate a joint development agreement for cutting-edge medical technology companies. The participants develop practical transactional skills, collaborate on interdisciplinary teams, gain exposure to corporate issues, and learn best practices from a distinguished panel of 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. The competition is sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s leading legal advisors to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. This year’s problem is being written by attorneys from Knobbe Martens, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. Important dates, registration deadline and other key details on the competition page >

Mar. 3
Affordable Housing and Land Use Regulation in California
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., EDU 1111

California’s housing crisis continues to worsen as more than thirty percent of homeowners and nearly half of all renters spend more than one-third of their household income on housing. Populations critical to thriving cities—teachers, service workers and first responders—are at the forefront of the struggle and the state’s rate of homelessness remains higher than the national average. Join us for a day-long exploration of the legal challenges facing housing strategies, including lessons from other states and the status of recently adopted and potential state legislation to come. RSVP, event flier, and program available here >

Mar. 6
Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization in Redistricting and Voting Cases
12:15–1:45 p.m., Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG)

The Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine presents Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science. Professor Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. His newest book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, was published in 2016 by Yale University Press. He is the author of over 100 articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. The Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) sponsors research and education aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and expanding democracy around the world. The center frequently sponsors community lectures featuring prominent public figures, high ranking international government officials and democracy supporters. Please RSVP if you plan to attend (lunch will be provided) to sbrasier@uci.edu or call Shani Brasier at 949.824.2904. Event Flier >

Mar. 6
Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture by Laura Weinrib
4:30–5:30 p.m., EDU 1111

Laura Weinrib is Assistant Professor of Law and Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School and an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History. A legal historian, her scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and labor law. RSVP here >

Mar. 8
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
7:00 p.m., UCI Student Center Crystal Cove Auditorium

Harvard sociologist and award-winning author Matthew Desmond will receive the UC Irvine Human Security Award and discuss his latest book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, listed on The New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016. Prof. Desmond's Keynote lecture with Q&A will be followed by a book signing. Open to the public.

Mar. 8
IEFV: Interviewing Children to Obtain Reliable Evidence: Considerations and Challenges
4:30–6:00 p.m., EDU 1131

Dr. Quas will review findings from her work regarding best-practice interviewing strategies that (a) increase children’s initial willingness to disclose negative experiences, (b) increase the amount of detail children provide about those experiences, and (c) reduce children’s tendency to err. She will also describe ongoing controversies regarding interviewing practices and children’s reporting tendencies. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP, parking information, speaker bio and full abstract available on the event page, here >

Mar. 9
CLEaR Perspectives Reading Group: Binti
6:30–8:00 p.m., LAW 3500

The Center on Law, Equality, and Race (CLEaR) co-sponsors a reading group every academic year. 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. Professor Funmi Arewa will lead this discussion about the book “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor

Mar. 10
Food Security and Sustainability
8:00–5:00 p.m., Law 3600

This roundtable brings together academics, practitioners, activists, and students to examine the relationship between food security and environmental sustainability as alternative legal frames. It will consider the extent to which those frames complement and contradict one another, setting a relatively straightforward but ambitious agenda: to identify legal reforms that advance the goals of both food security and environmental sustainability. 

Mar. 10
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Amy Magnus
12:00–1:15 p.m., Law 3500

Prof. Amy Magnus, Criminology Law & Society, will present “Crossed Over or Crossed Out? A Critical Assessment of Specialized Juvenile and Family Justice Initiatives.” 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)

Mar. 13
Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy: An Unusual Tax Screen Deep in the State Corporate Income Tax
4:30–6:30 p.m., MPAA 420

Darien Shanske of UC Davis 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. 13
Closing the Courthouse Door Book Talk
5:00–7:00 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law, Room EDU 1111

Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable is the new book by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Dean Chemerinsky will discuss the book, and UCI Law Prof. Rick Hasen will provide commentary. Audience Q&A and book signing will follow. The event is free, but RSVP is required by Monday, March 6. This event is approved for 1 hour of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

Mar. 16
National Registry of Exonerations Welcome Celebration
2:30–7:00 p.m., UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom, A311 Student Center, Irvine, CA 92697

The UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society welcomes the arrival of the National Registry of Exonerations, the definitive repository of data about exonerations in the United States, and honors our benefactors Denise Foderaro and Frank Quattrone. Panel discussions are scheduled starting at 2:30 p.m., featuring UCI Law professors Elizabeth Loftus and Henry Weinstein. At 5:00 p.m., a celebration program will be held, with Prof. Weinstein serving as Master of Ceremonies and UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky among the featured speakers. A reception follows at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule, RSVP and speaker bios available on event page >

Mar. 24
Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Hosted by the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) at UC Irvine, 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. Details on Symposium event page >

Mar. 24
Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Susan Coutin
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

Prof. Susan Coutin, Criminology Law & Society and Anthropology, will present Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (May 2016, Duke University Press). This event is part of the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Book Talks series in which UC Irvine faculty will 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)

Mar. 27
Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy: Expanding Social Security Is Good for All Generations
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. 30
Panel Discussion: Rape Culture & Sexual Assault
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. 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 >

April 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 Talks series in which UC Irvine faculty will 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. 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. 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 >

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)

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.