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UC Irvine School of Law • February 23, 2014

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

Wednesday, March 12, 5:00pm

Community Fellows Applications Due
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 contact Jennah Jones if you have any questions.  Applications can be found here

Wednesday, March 12

Voice: Deadline for Articles
Please submit articles to Sam Titelman or Caroline Reiser. Considering writing? Have a question? Email us! Check out past issues here


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. Mark Devries is a skeptic, who started out with a mission to debunk the claims of animal rights activists but ended up studying the concept of speciesism, the assumption of human superiority.  This movie is driven by in depth and at times laugh-out-loud funny interviews with people from all walks of life.  The movie promises: "You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans."  See the trailer here: Before the screening, please join us at 4:30 for a reception in the law school courtyard to kick off National Justice for Animals Week.

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. In & Out will be served but you must RSVP to

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

Lobbying 101 with Kevin O'neil, ASPCA Senior Legislateive Director, EDU 1131
Politics is not a spectator sport! Come learn about the legislative process and insider tips of how to prepare for meetings with state lawmakers. Kevin O'Neill implements the ASPCA's strategic legislative and regulatory goals to improve protections for animals in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.  Prior to joining the ASPCA, Mr. O'Neill spent 15 years in the California State Legislature and served as Chief of Staff to two legislators.  He also played an integral role in establishing California's Animal Protection Caucus.  Lunch will be provided!  

Tuesday, February 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Lessons from the Postville Raid, Humanities Gateway, Room 1030
The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies, Center for the Study of Democracy, Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEaR), Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and Humanities Collective present "Lessons from the Postville Raid," with Erik Camayd-Freixas, Professor of Spanish and Director of Translation & Interpretation Program, Florida International University.  Click here for more information.

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).

Wednesday, February 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

US Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact, Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112
The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies, Center for the Study of Democracy, Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEaR), Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and Humanities Collective present "US Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact," with Erik Camayd-Freixas, Professor of Spanish and Director of Translation & Interpretation Program, Florida International University.  Click here for more information.

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.

Friday, February 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

SALDF - The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Violent Crime, San Bernardino County Animal Cruelty Task Force, EDU 1111 
Cruelty to animals is strongly associated with other types of violent crime, especially sexual assault and domestic violence.  SALDF presents San Bernardino County District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus, and Claudia Swing, former Police Officer, City of Redlands and founder of the San Bernardino County Animal Cruelty Taskforce.  Ms. Ploghaus and Ms. Swing will talk about the link between animal cruelty and violent crime, with a focus on domestic violence and elder abuse, and how law enforcement can better protect both human and non-human victims of abuse.  Ms. Ploghouse has been a DA in San Bernardino County for over 15 years, and was recognized with the Humane Society of the United State's "Humane Law Enforcement Award" in 2008, she has personally prosecuted between 75 to 100 animal abuse cases. Ms. Swing has personal experience with the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty as a police officer, and subsequently in the San Bernardino County DA's Office, Bureau of Investigation.  Ms. Swing is the founder of the San Bernardino County Animal Cruelty Task Force, the first group of its kind in California.  Lunch will be provided! 


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

LLSA - Advice for the Job Search, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

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

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


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.

Wednesday, February 26, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Long Institute Workshop, LAW 3500
The John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law presents Dr. Mingyue Su of Beijing Normal University, speaking on “The Dualistic Model of Juvenile Justice in China: In & Beyond Criminal Justice.”

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.

Thursday, March 13, 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Info Session:  Summer Abroad Program in Argentina, LAW 3600
Please join UCI Law Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Southwestern Law Prof. Silvia Faerman as they discuss Southwestern’s annual Summer Law Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The program runs from May 25 to June 27, 2014. The program offers courses in English or externships in Spanish. Come learn about studying and enjoying life in exciting Buenos Aires with top international professors and lawyers.  Please RSVP here.

Friday, March 14, 11:45am - 12:45pm (Mod A) & 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Mod B)

Mandatory 1L Registration Workshop, EDU 1131
To help 1Ls understand the Registration process and also give general guidance on course selection over the next two years, Dean Schroeder and Prof. Puertas will hold a mandatory 1L Workshop on Upper Level Course Registration.  Please mark your calendars now!  Lunch will be served.

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). 

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


Monday, March 3 - Friday, March 7

Mid-Semester Review Week


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

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

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 Denise Smith at  Drop-ins are welcome but students with an appointment will be seen first.


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

National Justice for Animal Week Reception, Courtyard
National Justice for Animals Week (Monday, February 24 - Friday, February 28) is an event created by the Animal Legal Defense Fund to dedicate one week to raising awareness about how to report cases of animal abuse, and how to work locally to strengthen animal protection laws and enforcement.  This is UCI Law's first year participating in National Justice for Animals Week, and we hope you can attend some of the events. 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."

Wednesday, February 26, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

BLSA, IPCS and IRAP Community Tea, Courtyard
BLSA, IPCS, and IRAP are co-hosting February's community tea. Please join us in the courtyard to learn more about our student groups and to mingle with the UCI Law community over coffee, tea, and snacks. 

Thursday, February 27, 6:00pm

Lyrical Rap:  The Songs of Oscar Brown, Jr., University Club
The Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture & Inclusion is pleased to invite you to a special UCI celebration of Black History Month.. The event, titled Lyrical Rap: the Songs of Oscar Brown Jr., includes free appetizers, an interview with Dwight Trible, and a concert with his stellar band, the Dwight Trible Ensemble. Admission and appetizers are free, but space is limited, so please RSVP early.

Saturday, March 1, 9:00pm

AGS: Mardi Gras Party, Anthill Pub
Please visit the AGS Events Page for more information.

Thursday, March 13, 6:00pm

PILF Auction, Crevier Car Museum
This annual UCI Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) event raises money to enable current and future UCI Law students to commit to summer positions at organizations focused on providing services for traditionally under-represented communities. Proceeds from this event will provide stipends to students who accept non-paying, full-time public interest jobs this summer.  For more information and registration please see the event site

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