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UC Irvine School of Law • February 2, 2014

Tuesday, February 4

Registration Deadline for March 29 MPRE
Passing the MPRE is necessary for admission to most state bars, including California.  It can be taken after the first year of law school. The deadline for the exam’s regular registration deadline ($80) is February 4;  the late registration deadline ($160) is February 20. Information on signing up to take the MPRE can be found here:

Tuesday, February 4, 5:00pm

Mock Trial Registration
The Mock Trial Board would like to invite you to participate in this year's Mock Trial competition. To sign up for the competition, fill out the form by Tuesday, February 4 at 5 pm. If you were unable to attend the information session, you can listen to the recording HERE.

Wednesday, February 5, 4:30pm

California Bar Foundation's Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship Application Deadline
Click here to apply.

Friday, February 7, 4:00pm

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy Scholarship Application Deadline
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the world’s leading immigration law firm, offers an annual scholarship of $3,000 to one second or third year UCI law student who demonstrates an interest in the procedures and protocols that facilitate the immigration process.   Students interested in applying should send an application of up to two pages (maximum) discussing their interest in immigration law and a copy of their resume. Recipients will be selected by Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.  The Fragomen Immigration Law Scholarship will be in addition to the Law Tuition Scholarship and can be used to replace student loans. The two page applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Friday February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm.

Sunday, February 16

Donald L. Snow Scholarship Application Deadline
Through the continuing endowment made possible by a generous bequest from LGLA member Donald Snow, LGLA awards scholarships to locally enrolled law students who demonstrate financial need and either are LGBT or have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the promotion of the civil rights of LGBT persons. Applicants must be enrolled and in good academic standing at a law school located in Los Angeles County or Orange County at the time of the award. The awards will be presented at LGLA's annual dinner, being held Saturday, March 8, 2014. Please visit for LGLA's online student center for more information about how to get involved with LGLA.

Monday, March 3

FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline
To renew eligibility for federal direct loans and receive disbursements for the Fall 2014 semester, now is the time to  submit a 2014-2015  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at  Be sure to include the UCI’s federal school code on your FAFSA: 001314.  If you don’t remember your Personal Identification Number (PIN), you can re-apply or re-activate your PIN at


Tuesday, February 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

OCHRA:  Access to Healthcare Panel Discussion, EDU 1111
Panelists (Leslie Lindgren from The Public Law Center, Melissa Goodman from the ACLU, MD/PhD student Sharine Wittkopp, UCI Law Visiting Professor Judith Daar, and Sarah Kasman from Shanti) will discuss marginalized communities' access to healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, and incarcerated individuals. We encourage you to come ask questions about how to use legal advocacy to promote equitable access to healthcare. Co-sponsored by OutLaw.

Wednesday, February 5, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The New Federalism on the Supreme Court, MPAA 408
Please join the Federalist Society as Prof. David Forte of Cleveland State University discusses the "New Federalism on the Supreme Court." He will be discussing the modern shift in the justices' utilization of the doctrine of federalism and its effects on approaches to case law. As always, FREE FOOD will be provided. 

Thursday, February 6, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  Careers in Business Law (Presented By The Business Law Section of the California State Bar), EDU 1131
The Business Law Section of the California State Bar will be hosting a panel discussion with notable business law attorneys to discuss their professional career paths, practice area expertise and job search strategies for law students who wish to pursue careers in business law. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions during the presentation and to speak with the participants at the conclusion of the panel discussion.

Monday, February 10, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

CCLL Speaker:  Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, EDU 1131
The UCI Law Center for Corporate Legal Leadership (CCLL) presents a guest lecture by The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, Senior Judge, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Wallace has spent almost 40 years working with foreign jurists, assisting them in establishing and improving their judicial systems.  In his talk, “What Businesses Face When Entering the Courts in Asia and the Pacific – an Overview Followed By Your Questions,” Judge Wallace will discuss his experience in promoting the rule of law and judicial administration in Asia and what U.S. companies can expect when litigating in Asia. This event is free and open to the public, but online RSVP (available soon) is requested to secure a seat.

Wednesday, February 12, 11:30am - 12:30pm

How Rules Shape Behavior in the U.S. and China, Social Ecology 1, Room 112
Professor Benjamin van Rooij will present this lecture as part of the UCI Center for Psychology and Law Brown Bag Speaker Series.  In both China and the U.S., non-compliance with regulatory rules is an important problem undermining the law's function to mitigate economic, health, and ecological risks. Much existing research on compliance from criminology, law and economics, and socio-legal studies has helped us to understand the complexity of how rules shape behavior and has explained why violations keep recurring.

Wednesday, February 12, 11:55am - 1:05pm

Election Law Society: Guest Speaker Senator Joe Dunn, MPAA 430
Former CA State Senator and friend of UCI Law will discuss campaign legal compliance and political law issues.

Thursday, February 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series:  Occidental College Professor Caroline Heldman and Danielle Dirks, EDU 1111
The Women’s Law Society and the Speakers Series are co-sponsoring a talk by Occidental College’s Associate Professor of Politics, Caroline Heldman, and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Danielle Dirks.  The two professors are active in the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition, a alliance of faculty, staff and students, and alumni that has been the chief critic of the administration about its poor handling of sexual assault complaints on campus.  The Coalition issued a list of 12 demands, organized campus protests and mobilized social media to press for change, and helped draft a federal complaint against Oxy.  As a result of its efforts, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has been investigating the college to determine if it discriminated against the complainants on the basis of sex. The complaints against Oxy includes alleged retaliation by college authorities against Professor Danielle Dirks for supporting students who say they were raped or sexually assaulted from 2009 through 2013.  Please RSVP here by February 11th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.


Wednesday, February 5

SALDF General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

CAG General Meeting, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, LAW 4700

Thursday, February 6

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Monday, February 10

NLG General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4850

Mock Trial Training Session, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, EDU 1131

Tuesday, February 11

Community Fellows Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3500

Student Coffee with the Dean, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, LAW 3500

Wednesday, February 12

OCHRA Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

SALDF General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Thursday, February 13

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

UCI Law Review 2014 Executive Board Election - Meet the Candidates, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420


Monday, February 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

WestlawNext 201 Training, MPAA 420
UCI Law's account manager for Westlaw will hold a training on WestlawNext. The training will cover intermediate topics in WestlawNext, such as using folders and advanced search help. Please join us for the training, free lunch, Westlaw swag, and Westlaw reward points!

Monday, February 3, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Law Graduate Fair, Courtyard
Stop by the fair to talk with representatives about graduation announcements, regalia, class rings, novelty items from the book store, and financial aid.  More Commencement information can be found at 2014 Commencement Website

Tuesday, February 4, 11:00am - 12:00pm

CDO:  International Human Rights Clinic Summer Internship Overview, LAW 3750
Students interested in applying for a summer position with the International Human Rights Clinic should attend this information session. Catherine Sweetser, who works with Paul Hoffman and practices in the areas of international human rights and civil rights, will speak to students about what to expect as a summer intern with the Clinic. Students submitting application materials as part of the Spring Interview Program are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, February 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  Hiring Practices of the OC District Attorney's Office, MPAA 420
At this brown bag lunch, Jim Tanizaki, Senior Assistant District Attorney, will speak specifically about the post-graduate and summer opportunities available with the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA).  Post-Graduate (3Ls) The OCDA is recruiting for the OCDA Fellowship Program for 2014-2015. The Fellowship is for one year with $50,000 pay (without benefits) from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.  Except the period where the Fellows are certified law clerks (pending bar results), the Fellows function as entry level prosecutors.  Fellows assist with instituting or prosecuting judicial or administrative proceedings and will be trained by the Office to perform specific prosecutor duties, sworn in, and filed as a deputy district attorney. Additionally, the Fellow will review and file cases, conduct court and jury trials, file and respond to motions, and appear on other various misdemeanor level proceedings.  Summer Opportunities (1L, 2L) Interested law students can work within one of five divisions at the OCDA: (1) Branch Court Operations, (2) Felony Operations I, (3) Felony Operations II, (4) Investigation, and (5) Administrative Services.

Tuesday, February 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Informational Meeting:  2014-2015 Moot Court Board, LAW 4750
If you are interested in being a part of the planning for next year's Moot Court competition, please join this year's Board on Tuesday, Feb. 4th during lunch. All previous Moot Court participants or those who have competed in an external competition are eligible for Board membership.

Wednesday, February 5 & Tuesday, February 11, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn How to Make Survival Bracelets, Veteran Services Center in the Student Center
Going camping?  Need a quick belt? Make a fire? Survival bracelets are best used for tactical survival.  Learn from a veteran student how to make a survival bracelet. Supplies are free; Pre-made bracelets are $3.

Thursday, February 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

CDO:  Department of State Information Session, MPAA Executive Commons
Please join Diplomat in Residence William Martin for an information session to learn about the mission of the State Department and Careers in the Foreign Service.  Note: This is a joint event with the Paul Merage Business School.

Saturday, February 8

Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day, UCLA
The Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PICD) will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at UCLA School of Law.  Join students from throughout Southern California and representatives from more than 100  nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private public interest-oriented law firms. This event provides law students an opportunity to meet and interview with public interest and public sector legal organizations.

Sunday, February 16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Early Bar Prep Workshop, EDU 1111
The Early Bar Prep program focuses on familiarizing students with what is tested on the bar exam, providing studying and test taking strategies, and offering students initial practice on each of the types of questions that appear on the bar exam.  In each workshop, the students will complete a bar exam exercise and receive individualized feedback.  The sessions are open to 3Ls and taught by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Linda Puertas, Director of Academic Skills, and Sue Kung, Assistant Director of Academic Skills. Early Bar Prep will be offered from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on February 16, February 23, March 23, and April 6.


Law Commencement

Graduation is just a few short months away and we have plenty of information for you on our 2014 Commencement Website. The website will be updated with more useful information as we get closer to the big day. The most important piece of information for you to know is that Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:00am at Aldrich Park. Our first Commencement event will be a Grad Fair on Monday, February 3, 2014.


3L’s it’s never too early to think graduation.  Please check the spelling of your name on your campus account.  Your diploma will be printed the way it appears on your campus record.  If you want to officially change your name, you need to submit a request with the correct documentation prior to the last day of the term, May 7, 2014.

Disability Services Office/Law School Special Hours - EDU 1016

Wednesday Afternoons, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Please make appointments through the Disability Services Office (949-824-7494) or by e-mailing Senior Disability Specialist Lori Palmerton at  Drop-ins are welcome but students with an appointment will be seen first.


Monday, February 3, 8:00pm - 11:00pm

WLS: Open Mic Night and Story Slam, Durty Nelly's in Costa Mesa
A night of live performances and a first-ever competitive story slam. All friends of the UCI Law community welcome! Story slam theme: feminist superheroes. Stories can be short/long/true/fiction/serious/hilarious. All kinds of live performances welcome! Email for more info or to sign up to perform or share.

Wednesday, February 5, 11:45am - 1:15pm

Vagina Week:  WLS and SALDF Bake Sale for OCSPCA, Courtyard
The Women's Law Society is partnering with Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for a bake sale! This bake sale will benefit The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OCSPCA), which runs a domestic violence shelter that allows victims to be housed with their pets. Many domestic violence victims fail to leave their abusers for fear of what will happen to their pets. Pets can also offer domestic violence victims valuable emotional support. So come out and grab some delicious treats while supporting a good cause! Vegan and allergen-free options will be available. And don't forget to check out our other Vagina Week activities, and of course see the Vagina Monologues on February 14th and 15th! 

Thursday, February 6, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Alumni Reception, The Daily Grill in Irvine
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in an evening of mingling and hors d'oeuvres with the UCI Law alumni.This event is hosted by the SBA.

Saturday, February 8

Barrister's Ball, Casa Bella, Anaheim, CA
The event includes a fajita buffet, dessert bar with chocolate fountain, DJ, photo booth, photographer, charter buses to and from the venue, and more!  Event Sponsors: SBA, Kaplan Bar Review, Themis Bar Review, and BarBri. Prices are $50 starting February 2.  To avoid the online convenience fee, tickets may be purchased from SBA with cash on campus Monday through Thursday of each week. Purchase tickets here until February 1.

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15, 8:00am - 10:00pm

V-Day UCI Law:  The Vagina Monologues, UCI Main Campus, Little Theatre
For the third year, the UCI Law community will stage a production of The Vagina Monologues to raise funds to end gender based violence. In 2012, the cast and crew raised over $3000 for the Clinic - and this year we hope to reach $5000. One of the highlights of the academic year, we hope you'll all come out and support the cast and crew, have a good laugh, and work to end gender-based violence in Orange County!

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.