Upcoming Events

Sept. 30
IEFV Speaker: Crime Logic, Campus Sexual Assault, and Restorative Justice
3:00–4:30 p.m., EDU 1111

The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) presents Donna Coker, J.D., M.S.W. Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law. The Obama Administration, spurred by student activism, has brought an unprecedented focus to the problem of campus sexual assault, including establishing aggressive Department of Education (DOE) Title IX guidance and enforcement. The framing of sexual violence as a civil rights matter under Title IX provides a welcome departure from the crime-centered approach to gender violence that has dominated the US response for more than two decades. There are, however, significant limitations to the models encouraged by the DOE. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments available at 2:30 p.m. Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure.

Sept. 30
Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Policing Skid Row
12:00–1:15 p.m., LAW 3500

Natalie Pifer, from UCI’s Department of Criminology Law and Society, will present “Policing Skid Row.” The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets select Fridays over lunch. Lunch will be provided, and all interested Law faculty, faculty from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy at nmccoy@law.uci.edu. More about the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: http://clsc.soceco.uci.edu/pages/socio-legal-studies-workshop

Oct. 4
Guest Speaker Series: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky's Supreme Court Preview
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 September 30 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. LIVESTREAM here >

Oct. 4
Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Domestic Violence Movement and the Paradoxical Pursuit of Criminalization
5:30–7:00 p.m , EDU 1131

Mimi Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, presents the The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture on “Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Domestic Violence Movement and the Paradoxical Pursuit of Criminalization.” The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments available at 5:00 p.m. Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure. RSVP here >

Oct. 7
Race and Policing: Defining the Problem and Developing Solutions
8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., UCI Student Center

Repeated instances of police violence against people of color raise serious questions about the impact of race and policing. The symposium will bring together leading scholars and innovative practitioners to define the problem, identify challenges, and discuss possible solutions to this persistent issue. Speakers include LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and UCI Law professors Mario Barnes, Jennifer M. Chacón, Dean Chemerinsky, Michele Goodwin, Kaaryn Gustafson, Song Richardson, and Henry Weinstein. This symposium coincides with the anticipated launch of the UCI Institute for Policing in Society (IPS). RSVP Here >

Oct. 13
IEFV Lecture: The Neurobiology of Trauma
12:00–1:30 p.m , EDU 1131

The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) presents Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D., Director of UCI Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE). When a person is exposed to situations that induce fear or perceived inescapability, a complex system of brain-body responses are activated to support survival. This discussion of trauma-related neurobiology will offer important information to support survivor healing, increase understanding and social support, and result in enhanced handling of cases involving interpersonal violence. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure. Details and RSVP >

Oct. 17
ADRS Lecturer: Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow
12:00–1:00 p.m, EDU 1111

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society (ADRS) is hosting its first guest speaker! UCI Law Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow will speak about the importance of alternative dispute resolution and negotiation skills in the legal profession. 

Oct. 19–22
2016 World Indigenous Law Conference
Schedule TBA, The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617

The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October in North America for the first time. This international forum, “Rights, Responsibilities & Resilience: An International Discourse on Indigenous Peoples’ Jurisprudence” aims to gather Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. This third such international law convening will focus on Indigenous Peoples’ legal issues, rights and strategies. Details and Registration >

Oct. 20
Guest Speaker Series: Franky Carrillo, Justice Advocate for Death Penalty Focus
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Franky Carrillo spent nearly 20 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1992 and was not exonerated until 2011, when the Los Angeles Superior Court reversed his conviction and ordered his release. Franky now serves as a Justice Advocate for the non-profit organization, Death Penalty Focus, through which he shares with the public his firsthand experience of the criminal justice system. Delayed nearly 20 years by his wrongful conviction, Franky is also now pursuing a college degree, having enrolled at Loyola Marymount University. In his talk, Franky will share his personal story of wrongful conviction and will discuss the very real risks of incarcerating, and even executing, innocent people. Please RSVP by October 17 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Oct. 27
Environmental Law Society Book Discussion: Merchants of Doubt
5:00–7:00 p.m, LAW 3500

UCI Law’s Environmental Law Society hosts a book discussion on Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The discussion will be moderated by UCI Law Professor Michael Robinson-Dorn. The discussion will focus on science-denial and the role it has played in our current election cycle. Possible subtopics include climate denial, the relationships of our major parties with science, and ways in which we, as lawyers and academics, can help increase transparency with regards to the relationship between science and our political system. Anyone interested in learning and talking about the relationship between the law, our environment, and our current state of political affairs is welcome to attend. Co-Sponsored by CLEANR and Newkirk Center for Science and Society. To RSVP and for questions, email Calvin Bryne at calvinbryne@gmail.com 

Oct. 27
Guest Speaker Series: Denise LeBoeuf, Director of ACLU's John Adams Project
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Denise (Denny) LeBoeuf is the director of the ACLU's John Adams Project, assisting in the defense of the capitally charged Guantánamo detainees. Previously, she served as the director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, which works toward the end of the death penalty by supporting repeal and reform with public education, advocacy and targeted litigation. She has been a capital defender for over 20 years, representing persons facing death at trial and in post-conviction in state and federal courts, and she teaches and consults with capital defense teams nationally. LeBoeuf earned her J.D. from Tulane University and a B.A. from Hunter College.

Please RSVP here by October 24 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Oct. 28
IP and Human Rights Symposium
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., UC Irvine School of Law

Enjoyment of health, of culture, and of personal expression are among the fundamental entitlements of all people, recognized by international instruments on human rights. The exclusive rights conferred by intellectual property law may help secure and foster such benefits. Yet exclusive rights may also restrict access these benefits. This conference brings together experts on the law of intellectual property and the law of fundamental human rights in order to explore and clarify the complex interplay of these fields. Details, including speakers list, registration >

Nov. 1
Guest Speaker Series: Judge George H. King
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Judge George H. King is coming to UCI Law to speak about his experiences as an Asian American in the capacity of a judge, a private practitioner, and a government official. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California before returning back to private practice, and also acted as a hearing examiner for the Los Angeles Police Commission. He became a magistrate judge for the Central District of California, was nominated and confirmed to be a District Court Judge in the same district, and served as Chief Judge for four years. This event is co-sponsored by APALSA. Please RSVP here to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Nov. 2
Guest Speaker Series: Sebastián Sánchez - Representing Low-Income Workers
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Sebastián Sánchez has devoted his legal career to representing low-income workers, first as a staff attorney at Make The Road New York, were he litigated on behalf of earning a living wage and workers' right to organize, and later as a staff attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance, where he counseled farm workers on a range of employment-related matters.  Mr. Sánchez is currently with Bet Tzedek Legal Services Employment Rights Project, where he litigates wage and hour cases in federal and state courts.  Mr. Sánchez earned his J.D. degree at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he co-founded the Know Your Rights Project.  He graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Columbia University.  Please RSVP by October 28th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Nov. 7
Diversity in Legal Academia: Visiting Scholar Meera E. Deo
11:30–1:00 p.m., Social Ecology II 2372

While only 7% of legal academics are women of color, few scholars have investigated how this disparity may affect legal education. Professor Meera E. Deo, J.D., Ph.D., will initiate this conversation by presenting findings from her Diversity in Legal Academia (DLA) project. Professor Deo is a Visiting Scholar at UC Irvine School of Law, currently on research leave from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. RSVP here by Nov. 2. Presented by UCI Criminology, Law and Society. 

Nov. 15
Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law by Pamela S. Karlan
4:30–5:30 p.m., TBA

Pamela S. Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation at Stanford Law School. A productive scholar and an award-winning teacher, Karlan is co-director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nov. 17
Guest Speaker Series: Dan Grunfeld, Stacy Horth-Neubert and David Lash - Pro Bono
12:00–1:00 p.m., EDU 1111

Dan Grunfeld of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Stacy Horth-Neubert, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and David Lash, of O’Melveny & Myers, will present a panel and answer questions about how their law firms do pro bono work. Please RSVP to guarantee that lunch will be served for you. Please RSVP here to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Nov. 17
IEFV Writing Workshop by Michele Weldon
12:30–2:30 p.m., EDU 1121

The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence presents a workshop on “Owning The Power of Your Story: Discovering Tools for Writing The Truth,” presented by Michele Weldon. In this interactive workshop on the sanctity of authentic narrative, you will learn tools and strategies for telling your personal story, whether for publication as essay or memoir, or for your personal clarity. Award-winning author, journalist and emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University Michele Weldon will offer useful strategies for uncovering your own story. In the evening, Weldon will present a lecture on “Dispelling the Myths of Domestic Violence and Embracing Solutions.” More details about the full day of events here >

More details about the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence at endfamilyviolence.uci.edu >

Nov. 17
IEFV Survivor Series: Michele Weldon
6:00–7:30 p.m., Beckman Center

A survivor of domestic violence, author and journalist Michele Weldon will present a lecture addressing the cultural myths that surround victims and perpetrators and what we can all do to not only shift awareness but to work towards eliminating violence against women, children and men. Reception and Book-signing will immediately follow the lecture. Weldon will also present a workshop earlier in the day on “Owning The Power of Your Story: Discovering Tools for Writing the Truth.” For RSVP and details about the workshop and lecture, plus more information about Weldon, go to the IEFV event page: http://endfamilyviolence.uci.edu/event/initiative-end-family-violence-michele-weldon-workshop-lecture/

Nov. 19–20
Native Nations Protecting Coastal Land and Waters in California
All day Saturday and Sunday, EDU 1111

This two-day convening will aim to strengthen relationships among, and government-to-government consultation between, Native Nations and the California Coastal Commission, the California Coastal Conservancy, NOAA, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, by building the capacity of Native Nations and Indigenous leaders to advance Tribal coastal and marine protection goals. It will focus on strategies to achieve community-identified goals relating to Tribal sovereignty and environmental justice and the development of effective, up-to-date state and federal coastal marine preservation and management policies. 

Dec. 9
Tensions of Transparency: Open Government Laws in Land Use Regulation
8:00–5:00 p.m., Law 3500

Open government laws facilitating public access to government meetings and records can promote public participation in the democratic process. Yet, some participants in public-private land development deals contend that existing open government law can constrain productive negotiations without effectively increasing public engagement. Hosted by the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), this roundtable explores the tensions that arise in the land development process, where the goal of maintaining government transparency can conflict with the goal of effectively negotiating complex deals mingling private resources and public authority.

Jan. 13
Promoting Ecological Integrity and Minimizing Regulatory Fragmentation in California’s Marine Protected Areas

Against the backdrop of California’s ongoing assessment of its MPA network, this roundtable builds on a June 2016 scoping session and convenes experts and practitioners to explore the goals of MPAs in dynamic conditions, opportunities to overcome regulatory fragmentation in water quality monitoring, and the lessons of MPA collaboratives in promoting coordination. This CLEANR Workshop Roundtable is developed in partnership with UCI OCEANS while working with state and local entities.

Feb. 3
CLEANR: Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice

Part of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) literature and film series and co-hosted by the Center on Law, Equality and Race and Environmental Law Society, this event focuses on the book Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice, edited by David M. Konisky. In the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. Congress passed a series of laws that were milestones in environmental protection, including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. But by the 1990s, it was clear that environmental benefits were not evenly distributed and that poor and minority communities bore disproportionate environmental burdens. The Clinton administration put these concerns on the environmental policy agenda, most notably with a 1994 executive order that called on federal agencies to consider environmental justice issues whenever appropriate. This volume offers the first systematic, empirically based evaluation of the effectiveness of the federal government’s environmental justice policies. More information here >

Mar. 3
Affordable Housing and Land Use Regulation in California

California confronts an ongoing shortage of affordable housing, with the average cost to buy a home 150% higher than the national average and the average cost to rent 50% higher than the national average. Sponsored by the League of California Cities, this CLEANR Conference will address innovative state-level and local approaches to addressing California’s persistently high housing costs. 

March 6
Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture by Laura Weinrib
4:30–5:30 p.m., TBA

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. More about Laura Weinrib >

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. 

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