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UC Irvine School of Law • September 7, 2014

Monday, September 8, 5:00pm

Deadline for 2L & 3Ls to Complete Summer Research and Writing Survey
Please tell us about the legal research and writing you did over the summer by taking a brief survey at Your law librarians and Lawyering Skills professors conduct this survey every September to learn more about your summer experiences and to ensure that our classes are preparing you well for the workplace. Your responses are anonymous and the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. We’ve always gotten a high survey response rate and we would love to keep up that tradition. The survey will remain open until Monday, September 8th at 5pm.

Wednesday, September 10

The deadline to register for the November 1, 2014  MPRE is  September 10 ($80);  the late registration deadline  is September 25 ($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.

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.

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). 


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.

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

Speaker Series: Richard Freeman, 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.  Please RSVP here by September 12th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

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.


Monday, September 8

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

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

Tuesday, September 9

Adelphi Christian Fellowship General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 408

Black Law Students Association 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

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

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

Monday, September 15

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

Tuesday, September 16

Student Coffee with the Dean, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, LAW 3500

Friday, September 19

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



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.

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  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.

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.



SBA Elections - Deadline Extended

The polls for the SBA Fall Election will remain open until Sunday, September 7, at midnight.  The results will be announced during the SBA meeting on Monday, September 8. 

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.

Law Student Writing Award

First Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance
The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging. Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on January 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy. If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.

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.


Saturday, September 13, 5:00pm

Bonfire at the Beach
The Community Fellows are hosting a beach bonfire for the 1Ls at Corona Del Mar. There will be more details to come, but mark your calendars now.  All 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and friends/family are welcome to attend.

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