Upcoming Events

Jan. 30–31
5th Annual Global Justice Summit
12 noon, UCI Student Center, Doheny A/B

An annual event at UCI Law, created by students and advised by Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, in which 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 (and for which academic credit may be earned). The Summit is accompanied by lectures and presentations by leading scholars and participants in comparative constitutional drafting and analysis. Everyone is invited to attend the Guest Speaker sessions at 12 noon on Friday and on Saturday. Speaker details and RSVP >

Jan. 30–31
Symposium on Arctic Governance
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., EDU 1111

This two-day symposium will contribute to the discussion about what is needed for maintaining or improving governance, primarily environmental but not exclusively, in the Arctic region. Presentations will include a focus on how to implement and make effective existing initiatives in law and policy and how to assure that the laws and policies on the ground reflect those adopted. The papers discussed during the event will be published in the UC Irvine Law Review as a symposium issue.

Luncheon speaker at noon Friday at the University Club is Brian Israel, Office of the Legal Adviser for Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State. His presentation on “Protecting the Arctic: Law, Policy, and the U.S. Upcoming Chairmanship of the Arctic Council” is sponsored by the Canadian Consulate and open to the public, but RSVP is required. RSVP for lunch event only >

Feb. 2
Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Finals 2015
3:30 p.m., Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center

UC Irvine School of Law presents the final round of its 2014-2015 Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition. Before a panel of three federal appellate judges, two student finalists will argue a case involving the U.S. government’s bulk collection of telephone records — a practice exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013. The students will examine whether the data collection program violates the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution.

Finalists are Aaron Benmark and Jacqueline Shepherd, both Class of 2016. Judges for oral arguments are:

Feb. 4
Guest Speaker Series: Burt Neuborne
12:00–1:00 p.m., 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. 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. 

RSVP here by Feb. 2 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Feb. 5
CLSC: Co-sponsored Event: Marianne Constable
3:15–5:00 p.m., LAW 3500

The Center for Law, Society and Culture; The Center for Ethnography; and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society presents Marianne Constable, Professor of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, discussing her forthcoming book, Chicago Husband-Killing and The ‘New Unwritten Law.’

ABSTRACT: Contrary to received wisdom, all-male juries in Chicago exonerated most women who killed their husbands at the turn of the 19th-20th century. They did so in the name of what newspapers dubbed “the new unwritten law.” What exactly was the new unwritten law? And, given the reliance of both law and history on the authority of writings as evidence, how does one write a history of unwritten law? The presentation will focus on the 1905 Hopkins case, in which Judge Kersten declared “the justification was perfect.”"

RSVP by Feb. 2 to Nix McCoy at nmccoy@law.uci.edu.

Feb. 19
White Flight and The Wage of Poverty: Economic Discrimination in The 20th Century
11:55 a.m.–1:15 p.m., EDU 1121 (Moot Court)

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 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

Feb. 20
CLEaR/CLSC Lecture: Tonya Brito
12:00–1:45 p.m., LAW 3750
Feb. 21
Critical Perspectives on the Drug War
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., EDU 1111

Presented by Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UC Irvine, this symposium will bring together experts from the legal, political, and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs, and full-time reform workers for a deeper look at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and what lies ahead in drug policymaking.

Panel Topics: Alternatives to Incarceration / Legalization Efforts / Research and Public Health / Emerging Industries

Feb. 23
Long Institute Distinguished Lecture by Jerome Cohen
2:00–4:30 p.m., MPAA Executive Commons at UC Irvine

The John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law is honored to welcome Professor Jerome A. Cohen of New York University to present the 2015 John S. and Marilyn Long Institute Distinguished Lecture. Prof. Cohen is the senior American expert on Chinese Law and East Asian Law. He will present his thoughts on the development of law in China, discussing implications both for domestic as well as international context.

Prof. Cohen’s talk will be followed by three discussants: Alex Wang (UCLA), David Kaye (UC Irvine) and Victor Shih (UC San Diego).

This event is free and open to the public, but please REGISTER ONLINE > to ensure a seat.

Feb. 23
Al Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture by Catherine Lhamon
4:30–5:30 p.m., EDU 1131

The Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law is an annual lecture series commemorating the esteemed life and public service of the late Al Meyerhoff, a renowned labor, environmental and civil rights lawyer who brought a landmark case to stop sweatshop conditions for 30,000 workers on the Pacific island of Saipan. This lecture will be presented by Catherine Lhamon. 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.

RSVP online here.