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UC Irvine School of Law • February 16, 2014

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


 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, 7:00pm

An Evening with Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Beckman Center
AirUCI Institute presents a free public lecture with astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson.  She will discuss her experience in space aboard the shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station. 

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.

Monday, February 24, 5:30pm - 7:15pm

Speciesism:  The Movie, Presented by SALDF, MPAA 420
Please join Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) for a screening of Speciesism: The Movie, directed by Mark Devries. The film takes us an a journey that begins with an exploration of factory farming and ends with a study of speciesism, the assumption of human superiority. The movie promises: "You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans." Before the screening, please join us for a brief reception in the law school courtyard to commemorate Animal Justice Week. See the trailer here:

Monday, February 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

China's Financial Markets & Economy, MPAA Executive Commons
The Merage School of Business Global Business program and the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law present Dr. Jesse Wang from Beijing, speaking on China’s financial markets and economy.  A reception will follow Dr. Wang’s talk.  Please RSVP to Gail Ho before February 18.

Tuesday, February 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

ILS: International Law Career Panel, EDU 1111
Come hear about exciting careers in international law! Our speaker panel will present the various types of jobs that exist, how to get them, and what you should do now to prepare. Discussion will focus on international business law, and may include environmental law, foreign policy, the State Department, the UN, NGOs, and other international law jobs. 

Tuesday, February 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

IPCS Guest Speaker: Bob Schwartz, MPAA 420
Bob Schwartz, of Constantine Cannon, is a counselor and Washington advocate for consumer electronics and other technology companies, associations, and public policy coalitions. He focuses his practice on legislative and telecommunications matters, particularly those related to intellectual property, trade, investment, and antitrust. Bob has extensive experience in forming and maintaining legislative coalitions. Bob has been a drafter of key elements of major intellectual property and telecommunications legislation the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998; and Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 -- which mandates competition in the market for Cable Navigation Devices. In 1996 Bob was one of the founders of the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), an ongoing, open forum for business people, engineers, and counsel from the electronics and entertainment industries.

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).

Thursday, February 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Attorney Saru Jayaraman, Executive Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, EDU 1111
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively-owned restaurants. ROC now has 10,000 members in 19 cities nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder's work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times "Public Lives" section in 2005, and was named one of Crain's "40 Under 40" in 2008, 1010 WINS's "Newsmaker of the Year," and one of New York Magazine's "Influentials" of New York City. Saru co-edited The New Urban Immigrant Workforce, (ME Sharpe, 2005) and authored Behind the Kitchen Door, (Cornell University Press 2013).  Please RSVP here by February 25th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, February 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Deliberative Practitioner (A Public Discussion with author John Forester), EDU 1111
The Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) is proud to present John Forester, Professor of City & Regional Planning at Cornell University, who comes to UCI Law to participate in a public dialogue of his highly influential book, The Deliberative Practitioner, which takes accounts of practitioners in urban and rural settings, North and South, to show how skillful deliberative practices can facilitate practical and timely participatory planning processes.
RSVP and full event details here.


Wednesday, February 19

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

Thursday, February 20

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

LSSDP General Body Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Monday, February 24

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 26

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

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

Thursday, February 27

Election Law Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 408

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

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


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.

Thursday, February 20, 3:45pm - 4:15pm OR Friday, February 21, 11:45am - 12:15pm

Community Fellows Information Sessions, LAW 3500 (Thursday 2/20) OR EDU 1121 (Friday 2/21)
The Office of Student Life is seeking 14-16 upper class students to serve as Community Fellows to the incoming class of 2017.  The Community Fellows Program was established to assist first year students become acclimated to law school and the culture of UCI Law, create a sense of community among first year students and the larger UCI Law community, and provide information and resources that will assist first year students with the transition to law school.  Please attend a session to learn more, or contact Jennah Jones

Sunday, February 23, 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 23, March 23, March 30, and April 6.

Monday, February, 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Core Clinic Informational Session, EDU 1111
The Core Clinic Informational Session will be held on Monday, February 24 from 12:00pm to 12:30pm in EDU 1111, and from 12:30pm to 1:00pm in the courtyard.  All 1Ls are invited to come and learn about the UC Irvine School of Law Core Clinics, and to have the opportunity to speak directly with clinic students about their experience.  We will have a short presentation with a general overview of the clinics from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, and then prospective clinic students will be able to talk with current clinic students in the courtyard to learn about the clinical experience and to ask questions that will help them to choose which clinic they hope to participate in.  Lunch will be provided, so we are requesting RSVP’s for planning purposes.  If you have not already responded directly to Debi Gloria and you plan to attend, please send your RSVP to her at

Tuesday, February 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

UCDC Program Overview with Nicole Lehtman, LAW 3500
University of California in [Washington] DC Director Nicole Lehtman will talk about the terrific and wide-ranging opportunities to work and learn in the nation’s capital.  She will explain the nuts & bolts of the program, applications and possible placements.   Lunch will be served for those who RSVP by noon Monday February 24  (email Robert Medeiros at  Ms. Lehtman will also be available for several hours this day to meet with students individually.  She is a former Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia with extensive knowledge of the D.C. legal community.  If you are interested in working in government or in one of the many other legal organizations headquartered in the capital, she will able to suggest placements and strategies to help you meet your particular goals.

Thursday, February 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: The Effective Use of LinkedIn and Other Social Media By Law Students, MPAA 420
This session will include an in depth discussion of the effective use of LinkedIn and other social media to benefit your job search and networking efforts. We will discuss the proper ways to construct a detailed LinkedIn profile and the ways in which LinkedIn can be used to broaden your network of professional relationships, obtain important legal and company news and information, and establish search parameters to assist in your job search. Time will be reserved for student questions and a discussion period.  

Wednesday, March 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Financial Aid: Fundamentals of Investing Workshop, MPAA 408
Offered by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County. This workshop covers the different types of investments and their tax implications to help participants learn to maximize their investment opportunities. For more information about UCI Law’s financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

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

The Law Library will be closed, Monday, February 17 in honor of President’s Day


Thursday, April 10, 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Pro Bono and Student Life Awards

Friday, April 18 & Saturday, April 19:  Admitted Students Weekend

CAG Book Drive

Children's Advocacy Group will be hosting a book drive next week, February 17-21.  The books we collect are going to Project Hope, a non-profit that works with homeless families living in Orange County and has established a special school for homeless children. Some of these adorable kids were featured in an HBO documentary a few years ago: There are three ways to donate to this worthy cause:
1. Donate books directly to CAG (we especially need books for kids in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade). We will be sitting out in the Courtyard every day next week at lunch.
2. Order books from Amazon using the registry we have set up. Almost all are around 5 dollars!
3. Donate money to the CAG table so that we can fulfill the items on the registry

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.


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.  

Monday, February 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

National Justice for Animal Week Reception, Courtyard
Please join Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) and friends for a reception in the courtyard. We will be celebrating the start of National Justice for Animals Week. Afterward, please follow us over to MPAA 430 for a screening of Speciesism: The Movie by Mark Devries. The movie promises, "You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans." 

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.