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UC Irvine School of Law • August 31, 2014

September 10

MPRE Early Registration Deadline
The deadline to register for the November 1st MPRE is September 10 ($80);  the late registration deadline is September 25 ($160). Registration information can be found here. Students seeking testing accommodations should begin working on their accommodations applications as early as possible.  Please read the instructions thoroughly and carefully.

September 21

Voice Article Submission Deadline
The Voice is looking for articles from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for its next issue! Please send your submission to Jeremy Cowan ( or Anna Rea ( by September 21.


Wednesday, September 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Andrea Smith, UCI Law Graduate, EDU 1111
Andrea Smith is the first UCI Law graduate to be selected as a Skadden Fellow. Only 29 lawyers nationally were chosen for this prestigious two-year fellowship in public interest law. Ms. Smith is working at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, where she engages in community education, direct representation, and impact litigation for youth with disabilities in public schools who are also affected by homelessness. Ms. Smith is also an Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside; she taught during all three years of law school.  Please RSVP here by September 1st to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, September 9, 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Speaker Series: Moot Court - Big Lagoon Rancheria vs. State of California in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, EDU 1111
The attorneys for the Big Lagoon Rancheria Indian Tribe will be mooted in advance of their upcoming oral argument before an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Because of the highly confidential nature of a moot, this event is not open to the public.  UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to hear the argument. Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California concerns the status of land the United States took into trust on behalf of the Big Lagoon Rancheria Tribe.  The Tribe asked the state of California to negotiate about gaming on the land.  California argues it has no duty to the Tribe with respect to this land because the United States did not have authority to take the land into trust.  California had the opportunity to challenge the United States’ order designating the land into trust under the APA within the 6-year statute of limitations and did not.  It has been 18 years since that order was issued.  A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that orders designating land into trust can be collaterally attacked in private litigation whenever they are relevant to a claim of right or a defense.  The full court granted en banc review to reconsider the administrative law holding and to review the panel’s other holding that the United States did not have authority to take the land into trust. The land into trust process provides vital protection for Indian lands, which may be the political, cultural, and spiritual foundation of an Indian Nation's existence.  Indian Country is following the Big Lagoon litigation closely.  The moot provides a unique introduction to an Indian Nation's land rights and the fascinating and complex topic of federal Indian law. Please RSVP here.

Wednesday, September 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Larry Yellin, Orange County District Attorney, Cold Case Unit, EDU 1131
Larry Yellin has been a prosecutor for over 20 years. He started in L.A. in the family support unit, and later moved to Orange County, where he began in the misdemeanor unit.  After 2 years he was promoted to prosecuting general felonies, and in 1998 he was transferred to the gang unit. Yellin’s first trial in that unit was a 7 year old gang homicide, his first cold case. Yellin subsequently joined the homicide unit, where his interest in cold cases developed further.  He worked closely with the  Garden Grove Police Department, which had hired some retired officers to investigate their cold cases. One case was solved by the DNA of an eyelash left on the sock of a murdered prostitute. In 2006, the unit was restructured so that Yellin’s case load, along with his colleagues', was primarily devoted to investigating and prosecuting cold cases.  Yellin has prosecuted close to 50 murder trials. The oldest was from 1964 and was solved by bloody fingerprints left on a hotel door.  Yellin will be accompanied by Sgt. Wyatt, Anaheim PD, with whom he works on cold cases.  Wyatt investigated the homicide of Elizabeth Wheat Begaren, who was killed on the 91 freeway, allegedly by gang members hired by her husband. Wyatt also was the lead investigator in the Itzcoatl Ocampo case. Ocampo, a former Marine and an Iraq war veteran, is charged with the murders of four homeless men in a nearly month-long spree that prompted police in Orange County to urge the homeless to seek shelter indoors. Please RSVP here by September 8th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.


Tuesday, September 2

CARES Pro Bono Training, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, EDU 1131

Jewish Law Association Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Wednesday, September 3

Introduction Event: Trial Advocacy Club, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1131

Thursday, September 4

Law Students for a Sensible Drug Policy Fall Kick-Off Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

Veteran's Advocacy Society Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Street Law Kick-Off, 5:30pm - 9:30pm, EDU 1111

Monday, September 8

Business Law Society General Interest Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:15pm, LAW 4850

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Thursday, September 11

IRAP General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1131

Women's Law Society Initial Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750


Tuesday, September 2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Transition to Law School Workshop with Professor Leslie, LAW 3500
Professor Christopher Leslie will moderate a workshop about the challenges of transitioning to law school from the work place. The workshop is open to all 1Ls, but is designed to address the special concerns of students returning to school after a gap of several years.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP'd.  Others are welcome to bring thier own lunch to the workshop.

Thursday, September 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Public Interest Forum: Building a Better Public Interest Community at UCI Law, LAW 3750
Are you a Public Interest-minded student? Are you planning a career in Public Interest? Join us as we discuss ideas on how to build a stronger support system for Public Interest-minded students. We will examine various ways to make UCI Law a leading Public Interest institution.

Friday, September 5, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Student Organization Leader Training - MANDATORY FOR STUDENT ORG LEADERS, EDU 1111
In order to be a registered student organization, three signers (officers) from every organization must attend this student leader training, hosted by Student Services and SBA.  If you are the leader of a student organization and you did not receive information about this training via e-mail, please contact Jennah Jones as soon as possible. 

Tuesday, September 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO/WLS: Haynes & Boone Presentation on Issues Regarding Women and Practice of Law, EDU 1131
The WLS and the CDO will be co-sponsoring a panel event on September 9, 2014 comprised of practicing female attorneys from the law firm of Haynes & Boone, LLP. The panelists will be addressing issues of importance to women in the law including mentorship and work life balance.
Lunch will be served to those who RSVP on Symplicity no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Externships - Questions and Answers, Courtyard
Do you plan to extern this summer?  Do you have questions about the enrollment process?  General questions about externships?  Specific questions about your options for the fall? Professor Fry, Director of UCI’s externship program, will be in the courtyard to answer your questions between 12:15 and 1:15 pm. Bring your lunch & join her.


Monday, September 1

Labor Day Holiday - Campus Closure
The Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st, in honor of Labor Day. Weekend hours are unaffected.

Quiet Rooms

MPAA 420 and 430 have been reserved as “quiet rooms” from 8:00 pm to 7:30 am.  Students are welcome to use the rooms to study. We do allow food in the rooms, but urge you to toss your trash in the Student Lounge bins so that the rooms are neat and clean for classes (and don’t smell of old food!).

Interpreters and Translators Needed for Law Clinics

The UCI Law Clinic is seeking on-call interpreters and translators for the 2014-2015 academic year to help clinic students provide services to clients with limited English proficiency.  Interpretation (spoken) services will be paid at the rate of $20 per hour, and translation (written) services will be paid at the rate of $30 per hour.  In particular, the Clinic has a regular need for Spanish-language interpreters, but we are also building a network of interpreters in multiple languages.  Foreign language fluency is required.  Interested students should contact Debi Gloria by e-mail at and provide a resume detailing language fluency and any interpreting/translating experience.

Check back next week for more opportunities to mix and mingle.

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