Upcoming Events

Oct. 8–9, 2015
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 12th to reserve your seat. A light lunch will be provided. 

Oct. 14
Workshop: 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. Professor Stoever will discuss how insights from the Stages of Change Model can transform legal responses to domestic violence. Register >

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, Public Defender, Right to Counsel
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. 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.