University of California, Irvine School of Law

UCI Law News September 2015

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

In This Issue

A Note from Erwin

Dear Friends,

The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time. This fall we welcomed three new top-notch full-time faculty members: Professor Summer Kim, who was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and who will teach Common Law Analysis: Contracts and Business Associations; Professor Omri Marian, who comes to us from the University of Florida and will teach tax law courses; and Professor Ken Simons, who was on the faculty for more than 30 years at Boston University Law School and will teach Common Law Analysis: Tort and Statutory Analysis. We also admitted an impressive group of first-year students, our seventh entering class. 

We have a new distinction: A recent study of scholarly impact of law school faculties ranked UCI Law No. 6 in the nation, behind Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, New York University and Stanford. I am particularly proud of this ranking because it is a wonderful reflection of our extraordinary and prolific scholars and teachers at UCI Law.

I’m also delighted about the latest recognition received by the University of California, Irvine. According to newly released U.S. News & World Report rankings, UC Irvine is No. 9 among the nation’s best public universities. Additionally, The New York Times’ 2015 College Access Index, which measured the economic diversity at top colleges in the U.S., ranked UC Irvine No. 1 in helping low-income, talented students.

Rankings, however, do not begin to capture what is truly special about UC Irvine and UCI Law. We’ve taken a bold approach in developing our law courses, and our clinical and pro bono programs are unparalleled. Now we are looking to design a new law school building — one as innovative and forward-looking as our curriculum. I welcome your advice and suggestions as we enter this new phase of creating one of the best law schools in the country.

As always, thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy this latest edition of UCI Law News — highlighting the many accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and friends. I also invite you to view the latest video about our very special law school.

Warm regards,

Dedicated Supporters

Saturday Academy of Law students

Thanks to enormous support from many donors — including the Automobile Club of Southern California, Brown Rudnick LLP, DLA Piper, Experian, Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund, Orange County Diversity Task Force, Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, TROY and Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo — UCI Law this fall will mark the sixth anniversary of its Saturday Academy of Law (SAL), a program that provides Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) freshmen with a unique opportunity to improve their reading, writing and critical thinking skills while learning more about the legal profession, as well as higher education opportunities. More than 500 students (including those pictured) have completed the program since it launched in 2009. SAL classes are taught by two credentialed SAUSD teachers and supported by undergraduate teaching assistants; UCI Law students also teach a portion of the curriculum. The program creates a pipeline of law school candidates who represent the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Orange County residents, with the hope that many will return to their communities to serve underrepresented populations. The first SAL graduates started college in fall 2012, and since then a majority of SAL alumni have enrolled in four-year colleges and universities across the country, including UC Irvine. For more details on the program — including how to lend your support — please visit the SAL website or contact Veronica Alexander.

Daily Journal Top 100

Congratulations to UCI Law Board of Visitors chair Mark P. Robinson, Jr. of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc. and members Thomas Girardi of Girardi Keese and John Hueston of Hueston Hennigan LLP (pictured) for making the Daily Journal’s 2015 Top 100 list, along with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Visiting Professor Mark Rosenbaum. The annual list honors California’s leading attorneys involved in cutting-edge legal work.

Stellar Students

ABA student liaisons

UCI Law students continue to impress locally, nationally and globally. Pictured here and serving on the 2015-2016 American Bar Association student leadership team are Eric Vera ’16, chosen for a second term as the ABA Student Division Liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities, and Matthew Bradbury ’16, named ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Criminal Justice Section. Meanwhile Vishwanath Mohan ’16 and Imran Khundkar ’16 were elected to the North American South Asian Law Student Association board. Sam Cretcher ’16 was awarded the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship for public interest work, Tilman Heyer ’16 won the California State Bar Public Law Section Student Writing Competition, and Ariela Rutkin-Becker ’16 was selected to attend the Osnabrück University Summer Institute for the Cultural Study of Law in Germany. Ann Tran ’17 received the Asian American Bar Association Law Student Summer Grant, and Robin Gray ’17 was named an Equal Justice America Fellow. Shunya Wade ’18 received a California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship, and Emma Gunderson ’18 was awarded the Orange County Lavender Bar Association’s M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship, becoming the third UCI Law student to receive this scholarship since it was established in 2013.

Enriching Our Community

The Real Coachella

UCI Law's commitment to public service goes beyond providing much-needed legal services. This fall, students in the Community and Economic Development Clinic launched #TheRealCoachella, a charity campaign to provide a farmworker community in the Coachella Valley with decent housing, reliable water and electricity, and other resources to improve dangerously poor living conditions. Please visit Indiegogo for details.

Fall Break Pro Bono Project

During the upcoming fall break, UCI Law students for the sixth consecutive year will collaborate with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to prepare applications for victims of crime who are seeking Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in the United States. UCI Law students will work under the supervision of Orrick attorneys to prepare LPR applications for the victims, who often are threatened by their assailants with deportation. Acquiring LPR status can help change the lives of clients, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. without fear of being separated from their children. On Oct. 5, the Legal Services Corporation will recognize Orrick and UCI Law’s annual collaboration at a Pro Bono Awards Reception in San Francisco; UCI Law will be the only law school to receive such an award.

Alumni Notes

2015 CommencementThe UCI Law alumni community welcomed more than 100 new members in May, when the Class of 2015 participated in the school’s fourth commencement ceremony. Watch the video recap on YouTube, and view the photo gallery on Flickr. U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s keynote speech was featured in Bloomberg BNA, and student speaker Alex Patterson ’15 was interviewed by the Daily Pilot. Other Class of 2015 graduates making the news: Mike Lee and Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden each received a Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship from the California Bar Foundation; Amelia Alvarez was selected by the Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources as the second Sanford Heisler Kimpel Public Interest Diversity Fellow; Coral Lopez won a Beverly Hills Bar Association 6th Annual Rule of Law Competition award; and the Daily Journal quoted Kelly Galligan about her experience and work with UCI Law clinics. Representing the Class of 2014, Bennett Kaspar wrote “What Same-Sex Marriage Means for Employers” for, and Skyler Gray was featured by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. If you would like to share your achievements or projects with fellow UCI Law graduates, please send an update to Mary Germain. The UCI Law website now includes a dedicated Alumni section, featuring Q&A profiles, information about the Alumni Association, and various news items.

Faculty News

UCI Law faculty at orientation

University of California, Irvine School of Law proudly presents "UCI Law Talks," a new podcast series featuring smart conversation analyzing critical legal issues with UCI Law professors. Hosted by Prof. Jonathan Glater, podcast episodes are available on the UCI Law website, SoundCloud and iTunes. UCI Law faculty also continue to share their expertise via media appearances and high-profile events. The law school's 5th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, moderated by Prof. Rick Hasen, drew a standing-room-only crowd and hundreds online via the live webcast as distinguished panelists — including Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Prof. Song Richardson — reviewed key cases decided in the October 2014 term. A video recording of Dean Chemerinsky’s preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term is now available on YouTube. Prof. Michele Goodwin spearheaded the Sept. 22 summit on “Women & Mass Incarceration: The U.S. Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars.” Prof. Glater organized the Sept. 25 Symposium on Higher Education Access, and Prof. Dan Burk, winner of the California State Bar’s 2015 IP Vanguard Award, is lead organizer of the Oct. 16 Patent Sovereignty and International Law Conference. Prof. Hasen has launched The ELB Podcast, an offshoot of his widely popular Election Law Blog. Prof. Gregory Shaffer has been selected for a prestigious Shimizu Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics for October 2015. Prof. David Kaye presented his landmark report on anonymity and encryption to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow will keynote the Oct. 8 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 8th Mediation Symposium in London. As a guest blogger on PrawfsBlawg, Prof. Seth Davis wrote about Kerry v. Din, agency statutory interpretation and the Arizona redistricting case. Prof. Jennifer Chacón spoke recently at the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention and wrote for Pacific Standard about unauthorized migrants in the U.S. workforce. Prof. Katherine Porter's study of bankruptcy outcomes was referenced by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Harris v. Viegelahn decision. Prof. Kaaryn Gustafson wrote for The New York Times on the need for equality and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Prof. Bob Solomon highlighted the connection between cheap food and poor-quality housing for farmworkers. Prof. Catherine Fisk wrote about the Friedrichs petition and on discrimination against female directors. Prof. Sarah Lawsky published her annual report on entry-level tenure-track hires at U.S. law schools. Prof. Elizabeth Loftus, described as “the leading psychologist whose work in investigating the unreliability of eyewitness testimony for crimes has changed legal procedures across the world,” was awarded an honorary degree by Goldsmiths, University of London.

In This Issue


October 15, 2015:
“Desalination: A Solution to Drought and Clean Water Demands? Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources and Brown Rudnick, LLP

October 15, 2015:
“China Boom / China Bust: Understanding the Implications of a Chinese Slowdown,” presented by the Long US-China Institute

October 16, 2015:
Patent Sovereignty and International Law Conference

October 19, 2015:
Launch of The Initiative to End Family Violence Survivor Speaker Series

October 23, 2015:
Investing for Environmental Justice in Indian Country Workshop, presented by the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

November 13, 2015:
2015 Stem Cell Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

November 16, 2015:
Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture

May 6, 2016:
Public Service Award Dinner
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