UCI Law News

A quarterly newsletter to keep all members of the UCI Law community connected

A Note from Erwin

Dear Friends of UCI Law,

As our sixth year of classes is in full swing, I am tremendously proud of our milestones. We received full accreditation from the ABA in June, at the earliest possible time. This year, we added six permanent and four visiting professors, each of them a wonderful addition to the Law School. We have just established an Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, adding new depth and innovation to our legal clinic program, and our International Justice Clinic has been named among the Top 15 Most Innovative Clinics in the country by the National Jurist's PreLaw magazine. Our commitment to serving our community is reflected in our partnerships such as the new Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence, as well as the Law School’s robust pro bono program. We look forward to working with all of you to advance our bold mission to educate our excellent students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Thank you, as always, for your commitment to UCI Law.

Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean, UC Irvine School of Law

Dedicated Supporters

Clinic students celebrate with client and her baby

A $25,000 gift from the Verizon Wireless corporate foundation helped UC Irvine School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic reunite an abused mother with her kidnapped daughter. Verizon Foundation’s 2014 grant enabled the Clinic to achieve a stunning victory in the fight against domestic violence: the reunion of a Clinic client with her 17-month-old baby girl, who had been kidnapped by the baby’s father. The mother and child had been separated for nearly a year. Read the full story»


Inaugural LLSA Moot Court team

UCI Law’s reputation for high-caliber, trail-blazing students continues to grow as our 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls work in local communities, receive major awards and assume leadership roles in a variety of organizations. The American Bar Association named Caroline Shurig ’15, Ricardo Lopez ’16 and Eric Vera ’16 student liaisons for various ABA committees and commissions for 2014-2015. Newly arrived Class of 2017 members Elizabeth Hercules-Paez and Meigan Thompson won prestigious Diversity Scholarships from the California Bar Foundation. Matthew Fritz-Mauer ’16, Justin O'Neill ’15 and Thomas Worger ’15 proved the strength of our interdisciplinary culture as the latest UCI Law students to be named Microsemi/Peterson Fellows, each spending the year on a major research project. Amelia Alvarez ’15, Nefi Acosta ’16 and Andres Gallegos ’16 were the first UCI Law students to compete in the National Latino/a Law Students Association Moot Court Competition and represented UCI Law well, winning Best Petitioner's Brief and making it to the final eight in the oral advocacy round. Lauren Mendelsohn ’16 was elected to the board of directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international network of students concerned about the impact of drug use on communities around the globe. Kellye Ng-McCullough ’16 was recently elected as the Regional Director for the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and Christyn Richardson ’16 was named the Southern California Sub-Region Director for the Black Law Students AssociationMore Student News »

Enriching Our Community

Students at Inland County Legal Services

More than 90 percent of our students participate in pro bono work, making UCI Law’s pro bono program among the most robust in the country. Last year alone, students provided 11,000 hours of pro bono service, volunteering in 100+ projects to help the underserved, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. In partnership with Inland Counties Legal Services, UCI Law recently launched Coachella Saturday Justice, in which students help clients with family law issues. UCI Law also directs Saturday Academy of Law, a program that allows ninth-graders in the Santa Ana Unified School District to learn about the First Amendment in a law school setting. Meanwhile, the Pre-Law Outreach Program (POP) provides lessons for undergraduate college students from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to attend law school. More about our public service initiatives »

Alumni Notes

Our alumni are a shining testament to the compassionate, real-world education they experienced at UCI Law. Brooke Weitzman ’14 joined Public Law Center’s (PLC) new Operation Veteran's Re-Entry team. Alisa Hartz ’12 is working on Public Counsel’s litigation and lobbying initiative, directed by Mark Rosenbaum. Sabyl Landrum ’13 of Morgan Lewis & Sam Lam ’12 of Jones Day each wrote cover stories for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Lam also was profiled by PLC as a pro bono star. Leah Gasser-Ordaz ’14 was quoted in news coverage concerning a class-action lawsuit filed by UCI Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic, and Erna Mamikonyan ’14 spoke with the Daily Pilot about President Obama's 2014 commencement address to UCI graduates. Wed love to hear more about the great things our alumni are doing at work and in the community. Please email mgermain@law.uci.edu with your latest news, so that we may include you in the next edition of Alumni Notes.

Faculty in the News

David KayeAs thought leaders and influencers, our faculty members are shaping discourse on the most important issues of the day. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Prof. Bryant Garth once again were named among the Most Influential People in Legal Education by the National Jurist. They, along with their UCI Law colleagues, are driving global discussions of the most critical, complex and relevant legal debates, through headlines and scholarship, including: Dean Chemerinsky’s latest book, The Case Against the Supreme Court; Prof. Rick Hasen’s widely-read Election Law Blog (in which one of his recent posts resulted in a historic announcement of a corrected dissent by Justice Ruth Ginsburg); Prof. Dan Burk’s prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics; Prof. David Kaye’s appointment as UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression; Prof. Michelle Goodwin’s new Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, launching with a public forum on the constitutional implications of Ebola, featuring the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.; Prof. Benjamin van Rooij’s expertise on Chinese law, Prof. Douglas NeJaime’s on marriage equality and Prof. Joe DiMento’s on environmental law; Profs. Catherine Fisk and Ann Southworth co-authoring a first-of-its-kind casebook; and Prof. Tony Reese’s appointment as Associate Reporter for Restatement of the Law, Copyright, and Prof. Christopher Whytock’s appointment as Associate Reporter for Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws by The American Law InstituteMore Faculty News »


Nov. 19: The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises
with Rev. Jesse Jackson

Nov. 21: Toward a Sustainable 21st Century: Ocean Health, Global Fishing, and Food Security,
co-sponsored by UCI Law’s Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

Nov. 21: Center on Law, Equality and Race Lecture by Prof. Daria Roithmayr, USC Law, discussing her book, Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage

Nov. 24: UCI Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence Inaugural Lecture by Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dec. 7: Class of 2014 Swearing-In Ceremony
with Hon. Andrew Guilford and Hon. Lon Hurwitz presiding

January 30-31, 2015:
Symposium on Law and Governance in the Arctic,
co-sponsored by UCI Law’s Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

Feb. 2, 2015:
Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition Finals
Stay tuned for details

Feb. 21, 2015:
Critical Perspectives on the Drug War Symposium, hosted by Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCI

Feb. 23, 2015:
Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law by Catherine Lhamon, Asst. Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education
Stay tuned for details

April 10-11, 2015:
Admitted Students Weekend

April 10, 2015:
Mark P. Robinson Jr. Lecture by Jeffrey Toobin, writer, legal analyst
Stay tuned for details

May 8, 2015:
Public Service Award Dinner at Island Hotel, Newport Beach

May 9, 2015:
Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony

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