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UC Irvine School of Law • September 14, 2014

Friday, September 19

Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship Deadline
UCI School of Law, Financial Aid office is pleased to announce that the Justice Stephen K. Tamura Foundation offers two $2500 scholarships, to two law students who demonstrate financial need. Justice Stephen K. Tamura was the first Asian American appointed to the California Court of Appeal. He was a leading citizen of Orange County and an outstanding jurist dedicated to protecting the rights of all.  Students interested in applying must have the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and submit a one page application discussing how they have overcome a financial barrier to attend the UCI School of Law.  In order to maintain eligibility students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the conclusion of the spring semester.  The one page application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Friday, September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm. Students selected for the scholarship will be directed to the UCI Alumni Association for the disbursement of fund. The funds will disbursed to students in the Fall 2014 semester.

Sunday, 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.

Thursday, September 25

Late Registration Deadline to Register for the November 1, 2014 MPRE ($160)
Information on signing up to take the MPRE 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.

Friday, September 26, 12:00pm NOON

LAST DATE FOR 2L - 3L Add/Drop/Change Grading Option
Academic Rules Petition form required and $3 charge per change. Charge(s) will appear on the ZotBill at the end of the billing cycle.

Friday, October 10

Deadline to Register for UCI Law MPRE Workshop
UCI School of Law will hold a special 3 ½ hour MPRE exam preparation course on Sunday, October 19 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in EDU 1111. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will teach the course, which is free to all students.  The course is designed for students taking the November 1, 2014 MPRE exam.  Passing the MPRE is necessary for admission to most state bars, including California.  It can be taken after the first year of law school.

Room capacity is limited.  Please RSVP here by October 10.  Since we open this review to students from other OC law schools, it is important to reserve your seat early (we do block off a large number of seats for UCI Law students). 


Monday, September 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Richard Friedman, Trial Lawyer and Author, EDU 1111
The Trial Advocacy Club and the Guest Speaker Series is proud to host Rick Friedman, one of the nation's most successful trial lawyers. Mr. Friedman will be speaking at UCI on the challenges of becoming a trial lawyer. Mr. Friedman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the author of four best selling legal books: Rules of the Road, Polarizing the Case, Becoming a Trial Lawyer and The Elements of Trial. The first 100 students to RSVP for this event will receive a free copy on one of Mr. Friedman's books.  Mr. Friedman handles a variety of cases, including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and business torts. Among his landmark cases are Myrick v. Mastagni, believed to be the first case in California holding a building owner liable for personal injuries sustained in an earthquake, and Robinson v. State Farm, a case which exposed an insurance company's practice of using phony doctor's reports to deny claims. Four of Mr. Friedman's verdicts have ranked in the top ten largest verdicts in the United States.  He is a member and current president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group that limits its membership to 100 of the leading trial lawyers in the country. He is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Advanced reservations have closed, but students who did not RSVP are welcome as "brown bag" attendees.

Tuesday, September 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: ACLU Deputy Legal Director, Ahilan Arulanantham, EDU 1111
Ahilan Arulanantham is the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California and a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.  He has successfully litigated a number of cases to protect the rights of immigrants and minority communities against government oppression.  Arulanantham is lead counsel in a class action case now pending in U.S. District Court in Seattle; he will focus his remarks on the current crisis of legal representation of children detained at the border.  Arulanantham has testified before both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate on national security and immigrants’ rights issues.  He has also served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught a course on Preventive Detention.  Arulanantham is a former law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a graduate of Yale Law School, and a graduate of Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.  Please RSVP here by September 14th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Wednesday, September 17, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Jewish and Islamic Legal Systems:  Comparisons and Relationships, Newkirk Alumni Center
This workshop will bring together scholars and practitioners to share meaningful ways of teaching law students Jewish and Islamic legal studies.  Panel topics include: Jewish and Islamic Legal Scholarship for Law School Audiences; Teaching Jewish and Islamic Law to Law Students; and Comparing Jewish and Islamic Legal Relationships in Historical Context.  We know that with classes it may be difficult for student to attend the full conference, but hope that your schedule permits you to attend at least a portion of it.  Please register here.  Lunch and free parking will be provided.

Wednesday, September 17, 11:00am

Dean Chemerinsky & John Eastman Debate, Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman, former dean of Chapman University Law School, will debate the merits of the 2nd Amendment during Constitution Day festivities at Orange Coast College.  Dean Chemerinsky returns to OCC for a fifth year to debate Eastman, the director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. The pair will argue the merits of the 2nd Amendment — the right to bear arms — during the 75-minute session.  The free event begins at 11:10 a.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College.  Click here for more details.

Friday, September 19, 8:45am - 5:00pm

The Relationship Between Insurance and Legal Regulation:  Normative, Theoretical, and Empirical Perspectives, EDU 1131
Legislation and court decisions impact and influence the meaning of insurance arrangements in society. Insurance also exerts a regulatory force over its subjects and acts as a form of governance beyond the state. This symposium brings together academics and offers empirical, legal, normative, theoretical, and historical perspectives on the relationship between insurance and legal regulation. How does law regulate insurance? How does insurance regulate law? Leading scholars of insurance law and policy will consider these questions that impact consumers, insurance companies, regulators, and society at large.  Register here.  For more information, please click here.

Wednesday, September 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Julie Su, California Labor Commissioner, EDU 1111
Julie Su, California’s Labor Commissioner, is a nationally recognized expert on workers’ rights and civil rights who has dedicated her legal career to advancing justice on behalf of poor and disenfranchised communities. A MacArthur Foundation "Genius," Su is known for pioneering a multi-strategy approach that combines successful impact litigation with multiracial organizing, community education, policy reform, coalition building, and media work.  Su is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Please RSVP here by September 22nd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.


Monday, September 15

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

Tuesday, September 16

Town Hall with The Dean, 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDU 1111
We invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting with the Dean to be held on Tuesday, September 16, from 4:30-5:30 pm.   In addition to soliciting thoughts from students about all aspects of the school, topics to be discussed include a potential increase to the  Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST), plans for faculty hiring for 2015-16, and development of additional space in MPAA. The Town Hall will be held in lieu of  next week’s Coffee with the Dean.  Light snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP here.  Students  are encouraged to attend even if they do not RSVP, but we are trying to get an accurate headcount to purchase snacks.

Wednesday, September 17

IPCS General Interest Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

Thursday, September 18

Entertainment Law Society's Kick-Off Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 430

Space Law Society First Meeting, 12:15pm - 1:15pm, LAW 4750

Friday, September 19

Street Law Culmination Event, 9:00am - 1:30pm, EDU 1111

Monday, September 22

First General Meeting of SALSA: South Asian Law Students Association, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

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

Thursday, September 25

OCHRA Meeting, 12:00pm -12:30pm, LAW 4700

Tax Law Society General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

OutLaw Meeting, 12:30pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700



Tuesday, September 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Pro Bono: Saturday Academy of Law Kick-Off, LAW 4750
Pro Bono kick-off meeting for Saturday Academy of Law. All interested students should attend and sign up. We will briefly go over the SAL program and law student lesson plans. Lunch will be provided! 

Tuesday, September 16, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Introduction to UCDC, LAW 3600
Nicole Lehtman, UCDC Law Program Director, will be at UC Irvine to present information about the program and to meet individually with students.  The informational presentation will be in LAW 3600 at 12:15 pm.   If you would like to meet individually with Nicole on September 16th, please contact Robert Medeiros ( to schedule an appointment. Applications for the Spring 2015 semester of the UCDC Law Program are now being accepted.  The law program allows law students to spend a semester in Washington DC externing full-time for a federal government or non-profit agency.  Students are strongly encouraged to contact Nicole Lehtman by October 15 to express interest as several popular placements have early deadlines.   The application deadline for Spring 2015 is October 30, 2014.   Applications submitted after October 30 will be considered on a rolling basis.  Interested students should visit or follow us on Twitter @UCDCLaw for more details about the program.  If you have any questions about the UCDC Law Program, externship opportunities in Washington, or would like to be put in contact with past participants, please feel free to contact Program Director Nicole Lehtman at   

Wednesday, September 17, 11:45am - 1:00pm

Financial Aid: Balancing Personal Finances Workshop, MPAA 408
Offered by second year law student Hollie Washington. This workshop will help students develop financial plans, track and evaluate spending. The facilitator will explain the step-by-step process of creating a budget including tips on how to stick to it. For more information about UCI Law’s financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

Wednesday, September 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: U.S. Navy JAG Corps Information Session, LAW 3750
LTJG Nicholas Cade will be visiting UCI Law for an informal information session to speak with students who might be interested in applying to the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. The mission of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps is to provide solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness. RSVP on Symplicity.

Thursday, September 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Market Snapshot, EDU 1131
Thinking of a career in the city by the Bay? Want to know what the San Francisco market will look like when you graduate? Then you should attend this event!  This Market Snapshot is presented by Barbara Kott, Partner at Major, Lindsey, & Africa's San Francisco office, where she specializes in law firm and in-house placements. Ms. Kott has strong relationships throughout the Bay Area's legal community. She is excited to share her insights on the market and the legal community with you.

Tuesday, September 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1L Town Hall Meeting, EDU 1111
This is an opportunity for 1L students to congregate, discuss issues relevant to our class, and positive ways that we can contribute to the growth of our school. Food will be provided.

Tuesday, September 23, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Financial Aid: Identity Theft - Deter, Detect, Defend Workshop, MPAA 408
Offered by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County. This workshop teaches the Federal Trade Commission’s “Deter, Detect, and Defend” program. Students will also learn how to identity thieves operate and how to protect your good credit. For more information about UCI Law’s financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

Tuesday, September 23, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

CDO Career Plan Workshop: 2L/3L Job Search Strategy Session, LAW 4850
The CDO will be holding a workshop for 2Ls and 3Ls looking for summer 2015 and post-graduate employment. This interactive session will be an opportunity to discuss what you can and should be doing at this point in time with respect to your job search and to share various resources and strategies. There will be breakout sessions covering private sector (law firm), clerkships, public interest, and government job search strategies. Students are welcome to attend at any point during the session.

Tuesday, September 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Perspectives: A Reading Group (CLEaR), LAW 3500
Come join the Center on Law, Equality, and Race for the first Perspectives Reading Group of the year! Perspectives is a monthly student discussion group, facilitated by a faculty member. This month Professor Barnes is leading discussion on Hate Thy Neighbor by Jeannine Bell (Intro + Ch. 2, 3, & 5). The book is on hold in the library. Dinner will be provided. Contact with questions or to RSVP!

Friday, September 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

IRAP Training, EDU 1131
Becca Heller, founding member of IRAP and the current National Director, will be presenting IRAP's fall pro bono training. It is also a suggested annual refresher of refugee law for students currently working on IRAP pro bono cases and is open to students interested in refugee law generally. 



Criminal Law Society: Professional Attire Clothing Drive

The Public Defender's Office wants your unwanted dress clothes! Indigent defendants are in need of business attire for trials. It is considered prejudicial to have defendants in criminal cases appear in front of a jury in prison or jail jumpsuits. In pursuit of the constitutional right to a fair trial, the public defender's office maintains a small closet of court clothing for clients. Most of the clothes are donated by public defenders themselves, but there is a need for more court-appropriate attire, especially men's dress shirts.  A donation box for clothing is available behind the front desk in the Dean's suite. Help out individuals in need and help clean out your closet! All donations are greatly appreciated!

Veggie Boxes

The popular Tanaka Farms-UCI Law CSA (community supported agriculture) program has started up for Fall 2014! By signing up, you will get a box of fresh, seasonal, and organic or pesticide-free produce delivered directly to campus every other week.  Even better -- Tanaka Farms donates small part of the cost back to the us, specifically to fund student events and activities. You can sign up or cancel at any time! Vacation hold is also available -- this is risk free and delicious.  Set up an account with Tanaka Farms at  If you have any questions please contact our student liaison, Solange Rousset.

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!).


AGS Welcome Week Events

Join your classmates from other graduate and professional programs on campus for the following events:
Friday, September 26: Beach Day - Meet at PV Lounge for bus at 12:00pm
Saturday, September 27, 9:00pm: Karaoke Night - Location TBD
Sunday, September 28: Hike to Turtle Rock - Meet at ARC at 6:00pm
Wednesday, October 1, 8:00pm:  Comedy Night - Anthill Pub and Grill
Thursday, October 2, 6:00pm: Welcome Week Party - Student Center Terrace and Zot Zone
Saturday, October 4, 9:00pm:  Explore Newport Beach - Meet at PV Lounge for Launch Party
Please check the AGS website for additional information.

This newsletter is published each Sunday, compiled by gathering information from the UCI Law Calendar of Events and the student LEAF system. If you have a different type of announcement you'd like considered for this newsletter, please email by noon Wednesday the week before.