University of California, Irvine School of Law

UCI Law News December 2015

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

In This Issue

A Note from Erwin

Dear friends,

2015 was a remarkable year for UC Irvine School of Law, as we hired terrific new faculty, expanded the size of our student body, and created wonderful new programs. We received impressive recognition, such as having our faculty ranked sixth in the country in scholarly impact (behind Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, NYU and Stanford), our clinical programs ranked 11th-best in the nation, and UCI Law debuting in U.S. News & World Report at No. 30, by far the highest ever for a new law school.

As 2015 comes to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support of UC Irvine School of Law. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished together in making the Law School a place of excellence in teaching, scholarship and public service. The milestones we have reached and the accolades we have earned are possible only because of our dedicated supporters. Gifts of time, expertise and resources allow us to create and sustain excellent programs, recruit and retain first-class faculty, and provide an environment in which all students can succeed and grow. Gifts to our annual giving program are especially helpful as the UCI Law Fund supports our areas of greatest need, including financial aid, summer stipends, library resources, technology updates and much more.

Again, thank you for being part of our community.

With my best wishes for a new year filled with happiness, good health and peace,


Dedicated Supporters

Crowell & Moring logoA generous gift from Crowell & Moring will enable UCI Law to establish an endowed fund for scholarship support to expand diversity of the legal community. The Crowell & Moring Scholarship will be awarded annually to a first-year law student who represents social and economic diversity.

Korea Law Center supportersFriends of the Korea Law Center have established an endowed scholarship for Korea-U.S. legal studies. UCI Law is grateful to Carol Choi, Min Chai, Nancy Yun (all pictured with Dean Chemerinsky), and Susan Choi, who have made this scholarship possible.

Cybersecurity Symposium speakersThe first annual cyber symposium co-hosted by Nossaman LLP and UCI Law, held Oct. 12 at the Los Angeles City Club, brought together leaders from the legal, business and academic worlds to discuss critical issues related to privacy and data security. Panelists and moderators included Nossaman’s privacy and insurance experts, in-house counsel for such companies as Google, Sony and Square, partners at major consulting firms such as KPMG, and UCI faculty. For more information about the first of three annual symposiums scheduled with Nossaman and UCI Law, please visit the firm’s website or read the Daily Journal’s coverage. (Photo of Prof. Shauhin Talesh, David Graeler and Prof. Mario Barnes courtesy of Nossaman.)

PILF 5K participants

Greenberg Traurig Orange County sponsored the third annual Public Interest Law Fund 5K race. The event raised crucial funding for PILF, which supports current UCI Law students committed to helping underrepresented communities. Proceeds provide stipends to students who accept non-paying, full-time public interest jobs in the summer. Save the date: PILF's annual Thank You event for supporters will be held March 18.

OCBA board memebers

Congratulations to the Orange County Bar Association 2016 board appointees: (from left) UCI Law Board of Visitors member Andra B. Greene of Irell & Manella LLP, UCI campus counsel Kyhm Penfil and UCI Law Class of 2012 graduate Christina M. Zabat-Fran of St. John Knits, Inc.

Stellar Students

Veterans Clinic students

Class of 2016 students (from left) Bree Oswald, Morgan McCombe and Alexis Federico traveled to Washington, D.C., in November to attend the Second Annual National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans, hosted by the National Law School Veterans Clinic Coalition. The coalition works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Congress, nonprofit groups working with veterans, and other federal entities to benefit veterans throughout the country. Locally, UCI Law’s Veterans Clinic students take part in Military Mondays, a program that offers a comfortable, accessible setting for veterans to receive free legal advice and counsel. A recent Starbucks Newsroom article featured UCI Law lecturer Antoinette Balta and her role in bringing Military Mondays to the West Coast. The next two-hour “clinic” will be held Jan. 11, 2016, at the Starbucks on 301 W. 4th St. in Santa Ana.

APALSA members

UCI Law’s chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) was awarded Affiliate of the Year at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention Nov. 5-8 in New Orleans. Additionally, Kellye Ng-McCullough ’16 (right) won Student of the Year, Lawrence Liu ’16 (left) was awarded a scholarship from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Sophia Shin ’17 (center left) was elected Pacific South Regional Director of the National APALSA board. Chaired by Shin and Eric Fanchiang ’17 (center right), UCI Law APALSA has grown from six members in 2009 to 70 members today.

LLSA Moot Court competitors

For the second year running, a UCI Law team won Best Petitioners Brief in the National Latino/a Law Students Association Moot Court competition, held Oct. 1-2 in Chicago. The team of Samantha Rodriguez, Ricardo Lopez, and Eric Vera, all from the Class of 2016, advanced to the quarter-finals of the oral argument round, out of 22 entering teams. All three students also have participated in UCI Law’s Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition. Profs. Seth Davis, Joe DiMento, Alex Camacho and Sarah Lawsky, along with Assistant Director of Admissions Estuardo Ponciano, helped prep and support this team. Director of Academic Skills Linda Puertas is the team advisor/coach.

Ronald Park

On Nov. 4, students Ronald Park ’16 and Emily Cross ’16 impressively argued an appeal before the Ninth Circuit in a special sitting held at UCLA School of Law. The case: Shouchen Yang v. Loretta E. Lynch, in which Yang, a citizen of China, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration’s denial of his motion to reopen removal proceedings. Park and Cross are part of UCI Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, co-directed by Adjunct Prof. Peter Afrasiabi and Lecturer Kathryn Davis, which focuses on legal research and analysis and provides students an opportunity to build upon oral advocacy skills. For most clients, including political asylum seekers and prisoner civil rights claimants, the clinic is their last chance to secure any relief. A video recording of the argument is available on the Ninth Circuit’s YouTube channel.

Harvey Meza

Harvey Meza ’17 has been awarded a Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund Law School Scholarship, given to law students committed to advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States. Meza volunteers his time to assist detained indigent clients seeking asylum. Prior to law school, he interned at the Catalonia Department of Justice in Barcelona, Spain, where he conducted award-winning research on comparative mediation alternatives for alleged juvenile offenders.

Enriching Our Community

Lerner and DMCA team

The Librarian of Congress this fall restored fair use rights for filmmakers and authors, thanks to work by UCI Law’s Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology (IPAT) Clinic, directed by Prof. Jack Lerner (pictured here, left, with Aaron Benmark ’15, center left, and their colleagues). The new rules allow documentary filmmakers and authors offering film analysis to access encrypted content from DVDs, Blu-ray discs and digitally transmitted video in order to criticize or comment on that content in their works. As reported by OC Weekly, clinical students spent a year alongside co-counsel Donaldson & Callif LLP advocating for exemptions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The process began with petitions filed with the U.S. Copyright Office and included lengthy comments and hearings in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Students from the IPAT Clinic drafted the comments, participated in the hearings and spearheaded a massive fact-gathering effort involving hundreds of filmmakers and authors. Bobette Buster, an author and filmmaker who testified in support of the exemption, said:  “Working with the students enrolled in the UCI IPAT Clinic was a fantastic experience for me. I was so impressed with how knowledgeable the students were, and I learned a tremendous amount. I felt very well informed, and in excellent hands.”

Street Law participants

UCI Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) of Southern California once again collaborated to participate in the Street Law program with Middle College High School in Santa Ana. The project began in fall 2011 under the leadership of two then-UCI Law students, Lauren Kaplan ’13 and Jaclyn Stahl ’13, who had a passion for educating local youth about their legal rights. Over the past five years, more than 130 UCI Law students have volunteered 1,000+ hours of legal education through their participation in Street Law. High schoolers are taught by teams of law students and volunteer in-house counsel about a wide variety of subjects, including negotiation, copyright, contracts and social host liability. A large part of the project’s success is due to the dedication of ACC attorneys, especially Lidia Klinger of Wells Fargo and Jill Kalliomaa of Verizon Wireless. This fall, student leaders Kellye Ng-McCullough ’16 and Andrenna Berggren ’17 worked tirelessly to ensure the project’s success; their dedication resulted in 100 percent participation by Middle College High students at the culmination event, which took place at UCI Law. Click here for photos of UCI Law’s Street Law volunteers in action.

Festival of Discovery

UCI’s 50th anniversary Festival of Discovery, held in Aldrich Park on Oct. 3, featured interactive, family-friendly pavilions focused on research, innovation, technology and impact. UCI Law showcased its local impact through the school’s highly successful Saturday Academy of Law program. A bingo-style game about the U.S. Constitution, supported by the SAL curriculum, created fun for all ages.

Alumni Notes

Swearing-In CeremonyRecent UCI Law graduates returned to the UC Irvine campus Dec. 6 to take part in the Class of 2015 Swearing-In Ceremony. Hon. Glenda Sanders administered the oath for the California State Bar, while Hon. Andrew Guilford administered the federal bar oath. Photos from the ceremony and celebration are available on Flickr.

Cinthia Flores

Kudos to Cinthia Flores ’14 (pictured), recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees. According to an announcement issued by Gov. Brown’s office, Flores is a senior public administration analyst at the UCLA Labor Center and previously was an associate attorney at Holguin, Garfield, Martinez and Quinonez. Congratulations as well to Christina Zabat-Fran ’12, a 2015 Orange County Business Journal General Counsel Awards “Rising Star” nominee. Zabat-Fran is manager of legal affairs for St. John Knits, the OC-born women’s luxury fashion house; she leads all transactional work and manages the worldwide licensing portfolio for the brand. Meanwhile, Crystal Adams ’15, was featured in the latest UCDC Law Program newsletter. Adams was a UCDC extern in fall 2014 and is now part the Legal Honors program in the Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The November 2015 issue of Orange County Lawyer Magazine includes UCI Law grads Claire-Lise Kutlay ’15 and Brooke Weitzman ’14, as well as current students who participated in recent OC Bar Association events. UCI Law alumni also were highlighted in an Orange County Register article about UCI’s 50th anniversary; see image No. 13 in the slideshow for a photo that includes members of the inaugural class.

Faculty News

Dan Burk

Prof. Dan Burk (pictured with Deborah Greaves, chair of the Cal Bar IP Law Section) was recognized by the State Bar of California with a 2015 IP Vanguard Award, given to outstanding legal professionals who are spearheading new developments in the world of intellectual property. The National Jurist has named Prof. Mario Barnes among the country’s top 20 professors who have furthered diversity efforts in legal education. The Ford Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to support the work of Prof. David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and director of UCI Law’s International Justice Clinic. Prof. Rick Hasen’s new book, “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections” will be released Jan. 12; his Election Law Blog, a perennial part of the ABA Journal’s list of top 100 blogs, now resides in the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Also recognized by ABA Journal in its 2015 Blawg 100 list is Credit Slips, a blog on credit, finance and bankruptcy that features Prof. Katie Porter as a regular contributor. As part of his Shimizu Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics, Prof. Gregory Shaffer delivered a public lecture on “Theorising Transnational Legal Orders.” Prof. Olufunmilayo Arewa presented the keynote address “Music, Property, and Law” at the Society for Ethnomusicology Symposium hosted by the University of Texas at Austin Humanities Institute. Prof. Joe DiMento wrote for Environment Magazine on whether Pope Francis will influence Americans’ thinking on climate change. Prof. Omri Marian’s paper, “The State Administration of International Tax Avoidance,” was cited in a recent European Parliament hearing. A new essay by Prof. Michele Goodwin and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, “No Immunity: Race, Class, and Civil Liberties in Times of Health Crisis,” forthcoming in Harvard Law Review, explains why civil liberties should matter in times of health crises. Prof. Catherine Fisk, a regular contributor to OnLabor, recently wrote about combating endemic wage theft.

Glater and Lai

Learn more about faculty scholarship, research and activities through UCI Law Talks, a new podcast series in which UCI Law professors analyze critical and timely legal issues. This fall, podcast host Prof. Jonathan Glater (pictured with Prof. Annie Lai), interviewed nine members of the faculty, discussing a range of topics from arbitration to the impact of bastardy laws. UCI Law Talks is available on the Law School website, as well as via SoundCloud and iTunes.

In This Issue


January 22, 2016:
“Rethinking Roe v. Wade” Reproductive Justice Initiative luncheon sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

January 22-23, 2016:
“Freedom of Expression in a Changing World” conference presented by UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public

February 1, 2016:
Long Institute Distinguished Annual Lecture: James Fallows

February 1, 2016:
Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Finals

February 1, 2016:
“Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium,” organized by Prof. Omri Marian, launches with speaker Ed Kleinbard
Speaker Schedule

February 1-5, 2016:
Save the Date: Nigerian Film Industry events, presented by the Center for African Business, Law & Entrepreneurship

February 8, 2016:
Prof. Rick Hasen will discuss his new book, “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court and the Distortion of American Elections”

February 20, 2016:
UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition

March 1, 2016:
“Views by Two,” featuring Prof. Song Richardson and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, presented by the Center for Psychology and Law

March 3-4, 2016:
Griswold v. Connecticut 50th Anniversary Symposium, presented by the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

March 11-12, 2016:
Food Equity Symposium, co-sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative

March 30, 2016:
Chancellor’s Professor of Law Lecture by Prof. Ken Simons

April 1, 2016:
Annual Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, featuring Judy Clarke

April 1-2, 2016:
Admitted Students Weekend

April 1-3, 2016:
“Baby Markets International Congress,” celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Baby Markets Roundtable series founded by Prof. Michele Goodwin

May 6, 2016:
Public Service Award Dinner

May 7, 2016:
UCI Law Commencement