Student-Sponsored Symposia

UC Irvine School of Law encourages student organizations and publications to sponsor academic conferences and symposia. One student organization or publication is selected each year to sponsor a subsidized full-day conference or symposium.

Past Events

March 28, 2015: Bridging a Troubled Stream: Confronting Legal Issues at the Nexus of Entertainment and Technology
This symposium examined current legal issues at the nexus of entertainment and technology in a rapidly changing digital frontier. Experts from the legal, technological, business, media, entertainment, and government sectors discussed the consequences of legal decisions on access to entertainment in the internet age. The panelists explored questions that directly affect the way consumers access entertainment, how artists and entertainers create content, and the future landscape of entertainment and information distribution.

February 21, 2015: Critical Perspectives on the Drug War
An Associated Press investigation in 2010 concluded the U.S. has spent over $1 trillion on the War on Drugs since 1970. Despite decades of effort and incarcerating more than 37 million people for drug-related offenses, drug use remains high and drug supply and purity are greater than ever, according to AP and CNN reports. The panelists at this symposium demonstrated how past prohibitionist policies have failed, and how it is time to reevaluate our approach. Experts from the legal, political and judicial arenas, as well as civil rights activists, harm reduction workers, entrepreneurs and full-time reform workers looked at how U.S. drug policies have affected society, and discussed the future of drug policymaking.

Feb. 22, 2014: Prisoners’ Access to Justice: Exploring Legal, Medical, and Educational Rights
The symposium brought together legal and medical experts with ex-prisoners. Ex-prisoners introduced each topic by describing their experience of access, or lack of access. Experts discussed what rights exist in prison and whether prisoners currently have access to those rights. Panels also addressed what steps can be taken to fill gaps in access to justice.

March 14–15, 2013: Law and Economics
In the wake of the financial crisis and the Great Recession, many were rethinking the role of regulation and the tools available to regulators. This symposium sought to re-think regulation by focusing on cost-benefit analysis. Understanding the benefits and pitfalls of cost-benefit analysis is particularly important now, given the potentially increasing role of cost-benefit analysis in regulation. For instance, the recently proposed Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act could require independent agencies to conduct cost-benefit analysis to justify regulations.

March 15-16, 2012: Reigniting Community: Strengthening the Asian Pacific American Identity
The conference explored the following four questions: Who identifies as Asian Pacific American, and what are the implications? Is economic justice and socio-economic achievement an APA issue, and how does it comport with commonly held assumptions based on the model minority myth? How is the APA identity complicated by the theory of intersectionality? How do the struggles and successes of APA racial formation inform community collaboration and interracial coalition building more broadly?

April 1, 2011: A3 [Assemble. Advocate. Act]: A Conference on Climate Justice
This conference examined the social injustices faced by vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change. The event strategized ways to address climate justice through law, policy, and coalition building.