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UC Irvine School of Law • February 9, 2014

Friday, February 14, 12:00pm

Deadline for late add/drop/change requests
Requires an Academic Rules Petition submission to Dean Schroeder before the deadline.

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.

Thursday, February 20

Late Registration Deadline for March 29 MPRE
The Early Registration Deadline for the March 29 MPRE has passed.  Please register by Thursday, February 20 if you intend to take the MPRE on March 29.  The fee is $160.  Please check out the MPRE site for more details.  Additionally, reasonable testing accommodations are provided for MPRE examinees who have qualified disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and who provide appropriate documentation in a timely manner.  For more information on applying for a testing accommodation, please carefully read through the accommodations  information provided on the MPRE website.

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



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.

February 11, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

The Long Institute Lecture Series on Chinese Law, Business and Society, LAW 3500
"Globalization and International Law Firms in China," Presented by Rachel Stern, Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley Law.  At a moment when law firms worldwide are besieged by a shared sense of crisis, how are international law firms faring in China? Drawing on a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collected in 2013, this talk will present the first comprehensive overview of the field, including information about the global mix of players, the size of their China practices, and variation in market niche. Read more Register now.

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.

Tuesday, February 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center, EDU 1111
Elizabeth Wydra is Chief Counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text and history.  CAC works in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Americans and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests.  Wydra frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and has argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals.  Please RSVP here by February 16th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, February 18, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Perspectives on Access to Prisoners' Rights:  A Discussion with UCI Law Faculty, EDU 1131
The 2014 UCI Law Student Symposium presents a discussion on prisoners rights. Law faculty will discuss the challenges incarcerated persons face when accessing their medical, legal, and educational rights. This is an introduction to the February 22nd Symposium.

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Disability Law Society Meeting with Guest Speaker, Professor Catherine Fisk, LAW 3750
Come hear Professor Fisk discuss the intersection of Labor Law and Disability Rights Law.

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Making a Federal Case Out of It:  Street Crime, EDU 1111
Please join the Federalist Society as Prof. John Stinneford of the University of Florida Levin College of Law discusses the federalization of street crimes. Prof. Stinneford will discuss the causes and effects of this trend. Additionally, Prof. Stinneford will advocate for a particular conception of federalism called subsidiarity, which holds that higher-order institutions (federal government) should assist lower-order institutions (state governments), but not take over or interfere with their functions. Background: With commerce clause relatively unlimited, an increasing number of things can be a federal crime. We've gone from a Constitution that mentions only three federal crimes (treason, piracy, and counterfeiting) to a federal criminal code with over 4,000 separate offenses. This has shifted much of the administration of criminal justice away from the states. CLS Prof. Mona Lynch will be providing commentary. As always, FREE FOOD will be provided.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Marriage in the 21st Century:  A Problematic, a Possibility?, HG 1010
The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies and the School of Law cordially invite you to attend this event.  Professor Jonathan Alexander of UCI's Gender and Sexuality Studies  will moderate a conversation with UCI Law Professors Christopher Leslie and Douglas NeJaime.  All are welcome; light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 20, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Al Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture: "Remembering the Civil Rights Movement, Fifty Years On," featuring Kenneth Mack, EDU 1111
Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. His research and writing have focused on the legal and constitutional history of American race relations. His 2012 book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was selected as a Top 50 Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, was awarded honorable mention for the J. Willard Hurst Award by the Law and Society Association, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Book Award. He is also the co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed – And What Has Not – With Race in America (New Press, 2013).
  Please RSVP here.

Saturday, February 22, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Student-Sponsored Symposium (OCHRA) - Prisoners' Access to Justice:  Exploring Legal, Medical & Educational Rights, EDU 1131
Prisoners throughout the country are often deprived of access to basic needs including legal, medical, and juvenile education services. In this symposium, UCI Law will bring together ex-prisoners and legal and medical experts. After ex-prisoners introduce each topic by referencing their experience of access, or lack of access, the experts will discuss what rights exists in prison and whether prisoners currently have access to those rights. Panels will also address what steps can be taken to fill gaps between the rights, and the current access to those rights. With time reserved for questions this will be an interactive symposium aimed at practicing attorneys, law enforcement, academia, and students. For more information on our schedule or tentative speakers, please see below.  This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online here to ensure a seat.

Wednesday, February 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series:  Animal Rights Lawyer, David Simon, EDU 1111
The UCI Law Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and UCI Law’s Speakers Series co-sponsor a talk by David Simon, a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption. Mr. Simon works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. He is the author of Meatonomics (2013),  which explores the unseen economic forces driving our animal food system, and the way these forces affect consumers’ and taxpayers’ spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. He is also the author of New Millennium Law Dictionary, a full-length legal dictionary.  Mr. Simon received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.  Please RSVP here by February 24th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you (all meals served at this event will be vegan).




Monday, February 10

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

Veteran's Advocacy Society Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

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

Tuesday, February 11

PILF Call Bank, 9:30am - 11:50am, LAW 3750

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

Wednesday, February 19

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

Thursday, February 20

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


Monday, February 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Nuts and Bolts on Judicial Clerkships, EDU 1131
The Career Development Office will discuss the application process involved for post-graduate judicial clerkships.  Learn about the “nuts and bolts” of putting together your application packet, the timing of applications, the types of materials judges request and what judges look for when making interviewing decisions.  Attendees are advised to bring their laptop to follow along. 2L attendees will be added to the Judicial Clerkship Listerv for useful emails on the judicial clerkship process.

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

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.

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.

Wednesday, February 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Public Interest Fellowships - Nuts and Bolts to Starting your Public Interest Career, MPAA 420
This presentation will give an overview of what public fellowships are and how they work.  There will be information for Skadden, EJW, and Soros Fellowships as well as information on finding smaller foundation and agency-based fellowships. 2L students who intend to apply for post-graduate fellowships are strongly encouraged to attend, although 1L students are welcome as well. Students interested in applying for Skadden fellowships should plan to attend both this event as well as the Skadden-specific event on March 27.

Friday, March 21, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

MPRE Review with Dean Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
***Only a Few Seats Left***

UCI School of Law is pleased to hold a special 3 ½ hour MPRE exam preparation course on Friday, March 21 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in EDU Room 1111. The course is designed for students taking the  March 29, 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.  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will teach the course, which is free to all students.  Room capacity is limited.  Please RSVP to Debbie Mondares at by Tuesday, March 19 .  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, February 17

President's Day Holiday- Campus Closure

Course Evaluations

The course evaluations are now on-line, rather than kept in a binder in the Registrar's office.  They can be found at:  Please note:  No replication of evaluations may be made in any format. Evaluations cannot be printed, photographed, or electronically copied. Evaluations cannot be posted to any form of digital media. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action under the UC Irvine School of Law Honor Code.

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.

Volunteer at 2014 National Trial Team Competition Opportunity at Whittier Law

Whittier Law School is hosting the Regional Tournament of the 2014 National Trial Competition, co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, on Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, February 23, 2014.  Whittier Law School is proud and excited to be hosting this competition. We are looking for law students and even undergraduate students who are interested in law to participate in our competition as witnesses for the 2/20 and 2/21 rounds.  If you are interested, please contact Amee Chiang.

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.


Wednesday, February 12, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

IRAP Bake Sale, Courtyard
This bake sale benefits the UCI Law chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which helps Afghan and Iraqi refugees navigate the resettlement process in the US. Proceeds support student representatives' Spring trip to Cairo and the possibility of their ability to meet with service providers and refugees on the ground.

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 UCI Law domestic Violence 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!

Saturday, February 15, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

AGS Pajama Party, The Red Barn
Please check the AGS events site for more details.

Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm - 12:00pm

UCI Care-a-thon, UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom
UCI Care-a-thon is a student-run annual dance marathon benefiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at our very own UC Irvine Medical Center. The mission is to raise funds to help our NICU provide life-saving care to newborn babies in crisis. UCI Care-a-thon is a fun and meaningful way to give back to our community and strengthen our university's traditions. We will provide  everything you need to ask your family, friends, and community for donations, including your personalized fundraising page (or team page) at Admission to the event is $25.00 per person, so every $25.00 you raise lets you bring another friend with you. All proceeds go directly to help the NICU babies.

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