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UC Irvine School of Law • January 19, 2013

Monday, January 20

Deadline to RSVP for Justice Sotomayor Visit
Please join us in welcoming U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to UC Irvine School of Law, Monday, January 27, 2014, by attending one or both of the following events:

"A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky"
followed by a public book-signing of My Beloved World
January 27, 2014, 12:15 - 2:30pm, UC Irvine Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium
A boxed lunch will be served at 12:00pm

UCI School of Law Moot Court Competition Final Round
January 27, 2014, 4:30 - 6:30pm, UC Irvine Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium

Due to extremely limited seating and stringent security measures by the US Marshals, reservations are required and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.  RSVP by January 20 to Brittany Rodriguez, to reserve your ticket(s).

Friday, January 24, 12:00pm

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to add/drop/change the grading option (grade or S/U) with NO CHARGE is this Friday at noon. Be sure to make any changes by this deadline through LawReg. After this deadline, the changes must be completed by using the Academic Rules Petition form and a late fee will be charged for each change made. If there are any questions, please let us know.

Saturday, February 1

Are you planning on sitting for a Bar exam this July?  If so, the Registrar needs to know which exam(s) to be sure we get your records to the correct state(s).  Please email The Law Registrar by Feb 1.

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:

Wednesday, February 5, 4:30pm

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






Tuesday, January 21, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Outlaw:  Career Panel, EDU 1111
Come and learn about going through the job search process as an LGBT law student. We have three UCI Law alumni confirmed, and three current students, who will come and answer your questions about applying, interviewing, and working at legal jobs as an LGBT individual. This event is perfect for you if you are in the process of applying for a job, or if you have already applied and would like to know about office interactions in a legal environment. Even if you do not identify as an LGBT individual, this event could help you understand how certain legal issues affect the LGBT community. And if you haven't yet, you could meet some of our fantastic alumni! 

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00pm

A Latina/o Judge's Perspective, Chapman School of Law Room 243
Your colleagues at Chapman School of Law invite you to attend this event with opening remarks by Diana Lopez, current Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OCHBA) president, and Jose Gonzalez, former OCHBA president.  Guest speakers include: Honorable Judge Elizabeth Macias and Honorable Judge Nathan Scott of the Orange County Superior Court.  Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, January 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series:  Solo Practice:  The Often Overlooked Career Option for Both Public Interest and law Firm Minded Students, EDU 1111
Law students often feel that their job prospects are limited to law firm, government, and public interest opportunities. However, there is another option, which will satisfy both public interest and law firm minded students.  According to the ABA, nearly 50% of all attorneys practicing in the United States are solo practitioners, and almost all individuals in need of an attorney hire solos to handle their family law, immigration, and trusts and estates matters. This presentation will begin to educate students with an entrepreneurial spirit about what it takes to open their own successful practice.  Luz E. Herrera is a visiting clinical professor at UC Irvine School of Law, where she taught in the Consumer Protection Clinic in the fall and is teaching in the Community Economic Development Clinic this spring.  Jane Oak earned her J.D. from UCLA in 1998 and initially practiced real estate law at Pircher, Nichols, and Meeks in Century City. 
Solo practitioner Jane Oak will discuss her path to solo practice and the impact that a skilled, ethical solo attorney can have on the community; Prof. Luz Herrera will discuss the growing “incubator movement” among law schools.  Please RSVP here by January 20th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Wednesday, January 22, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Rap on Trial, Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building, Room 1517
The Center for Psychology and Law is proud to host “Rap On Trial,” featuring presentations by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Dr. Charis Kubrin, and Dr. Sohail Daulatzai.  This is an exciting discussion panel event addressing the recent practice of using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Prosecutors have become adept at convincing judges and juries alike that rap lyrics are either autobiographical confessions of illegal behavior or evidence of a defendant’s knowledge, motive or identity with respect to the alleged crime. This movement to effectively criminalize rap music has significant implications for how we define creative expression and free speech. Please join us as we discuss the history of this practice and the practical implications of these issues.  Reception to follow.

Thursday, January 23, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

CDO:  LAIPLA Law School Road Show, MPAA 420
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) will be visiting UCI Law to discuss careers in intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law.  Top-tier law firms and IP attorneys will provide perspectives from in-house, big law, and small to mid-size firm attorneys.  Each panel discussion will begin with a short talk from the panel members, allowing each attorney to describe his/her general practice. Students will be encouraged to ask questions of individual panel members.  Pizza and light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, January 24, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

OCHRA - Poverty Simulation, Student Center, Doheny A
EVERY DAY, PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO MAKE THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN ORDER TO SIMPLY SURVIVE. This role play simulates a one-month time frame, with each week consuming a 15-20 minute period. Participants are divided into "families," ranging in size from 1 to 5 persons. Each group is assigned a different life scenario, and volunteers live the life of that family for one simulated "month" in an hour, trying to work and access benefits, buy food, and maintain housing. Some students will play the vital roles of community resources, such as the bank, the employer, the doctor and other resources the family members will interact with during the "month."  

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Voting Rights Under Fire?  The Value of a Post-Shelby County, OCBA, 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach
Prof. Rick Hasen will be among four speakers at this discussion of voting rights and voter ID laws, sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association, the Anti-Defamation League, the Orange County Jewish Bar Association and UC Irvine School of Law.  Special $15 pricing for law students who pre-register (cost is $40 on day of event).  Register for the event and find more information here.

Wednesday, January 29, 5:00pm

Activism in Art: A Conversation with Playwright Jeff Stetson, Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference Room A
Playwright Jeff Stetson, internationally known for works on stage (The Meeting and Fraternity), screen (For the Love of Liberty) and in print (Blood on the Leaves), comes to UC Irvine to share his candid insights on the media, and social activism in writing to shape culture and identities.  RSVP here.

Thursday, January 30, 7pm

Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture by Michael Eric Dyson, Student Center, Pacific Ballroom
Hailed as one of the nation's most inspiring African Americans, Michael Eric Dyson has been credited with revitalizing the role of the public intellectual with the fervor of an ordained Baptist minister.  Tickets are available on Top Floor of the Cross-Cultural Center.


Tuesday, January 21

1L Town Hall, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1111

Cares Training, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MPAA 430

Wednesday, January 22

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

Thursday, January 23

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

Monday, January 27

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

Tuesday, January 28

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

Student Coffee with the Dean, 4:00pm - 5:00pm, LAW 3500

Wednesday, January 29

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

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

Thursday, January 30

SBA meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

UCI Law Review Mandatory Spring Training, 7:00pm - 9:30pm


Tuesday, January 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

CARES Training, DPSS Los Angeles
The Public Counsel "CARES" project takes place at Department of Public Social Services ("DPSS") offices in Los Angeles County. Students assist clients with emergency benefits advocacy, particularly relating to shelter, food, health, transportation, and other social service needs. If you are interested in participating in Connecting Angelinos to Essential Resources and Services (CARES) this semester, you must attend training. Dinner will be provided. To sign up please email Leah Gasser-Ordaz ( or Becca Maloney ( Thanks!

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Pre-Summit Workshop #3:  "Comparative Constitutional Law,"  EDU 1131
Get an introductory overview of relevant comparative constitutional law issues and some interesting examples from foreign constitutions from Professor Menkel-Meadow. Learn from more recently-drafted constitutions and acquire the necessary knowledge for successful participation in the Global Justice Summit. Learn about key elements of successful constitutions and the trends in constitutional frameworks and processes.  You must RSVP by Tuesday, January 21 to guarantee dinner will be ordered for you.

Thursday, January 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  US Navy JAG Corps Information Session, MPAA 408
LTJG Jason Liu will be visiting UCI Law for an informal information session to speak with students who might be interested in applying to the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. The mission of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps is to provide solutions, from a military perspective, to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel, wherever and whenever such solutions are required, with primary focus on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness.

Tuesday, January 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  Nuts and Bolts on Getting a CA State Job, MPAA 420
Work for the Golden State! In this workshop, the CDO and DFEH's Jon Ichinaga, will show students the how to's: search for post-graduation CA state jobs (e.g., as a Graduate Legal Assistant or Attorney), complete an application-on-file, read a job bulletin, and search for vacancies. We will review the different types of examinations and show you where to find examination scores and ranking information.

Wednesday, January 29, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Nuts & 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, January 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

ASP:  1L Exam Review Workshop, EDU 1111
This workshop will show all first-year students how to improve your performance this semester by reviewing your final exams from last semester.  ASP will explain how to check out your fall semester exams, effectively review your answer in comparison to the model/sample answer, and get useful feedback from your professors.

Friday, January 31, 12:00pm - 5:00pm & Saturday, February 1, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Global Justice Summit, Student Center, Pacific Ballroom
The third annual Global Justice Summit is a participatory, experiential workshop for the drafting of a constitution and study of deliberative democracy processes.  All are invited to attend the Global Justice Summit guest speaker sessions at noon on January 31 and February 1.  Participation in the Summit or attendance at workshops is not required.  
•    January 31:  Heinz Klug, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research and Director, Global Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Law will discuss democracy, institutional pluralism and the role of constructive ambiguity in constitutional negotiation and design.  Please RSVP here.
•    February 1:  Professor Jorg Fedtke of Tulane University School of Law will discuss decentralization/federalism issues in constitution drafting, using Iraq as a current example.  Please RSVP here. 

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 organization.



Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Campus Closure
The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th for the Martin Luther King holiday. Weekend hours will be unaffected by the holiday.

Mock Trial Information Session  2Ls and 3Ls

Thursday, January 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1111
UCI’s third annual Mock Trial competition will be held this spring; the Final Trial will be held in the evening of March 19. 2Ls and 3Ls interested in participating in Mock Trial are invited to an Information Session led by Stradling litigation attorney Justin Bernstein.  Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received his J.D. from NYU School of Law.  He has served as the UCI Law Mock Trial coach for the past two years, and is the award-winning coach of the UCI undergraduate Mock Trial Team, ranked #1 in the country.  Please RSVP here by January 28 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Become an Admissions Ambassador!

The Admissions office is seeking current students to assist with law school tours, calling admitted students, and other various Admitted Students Weekend activities (ASW is April 18-19). For more information, please plan on attending one of the following information/training sessions: Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30pm in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office (MPAA 4th floor) or Thursday, January 23 at 12:00pm in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office.  Additional questions? Contact Michelle M. Coscia-Roosen, Admissions and Recruitment Officer, at

California Bar Exam Accommodations

California Bar Exam testing accommodations are available to individuals with mental or physical disabilities as defined in the State Bar of California Admissions Rules.  Applying for an accommodation takes considerable time and requires considerable documentation.  3Ls:  If you wish to apply for an accommodation, please do so as quickly as possible.  2Ls and 1L:  You can apply early for an accommodation.  Students who apply early but are denied an accommodation will have sufficient time to file an appeal and gather together additional documentation.  Students who plan on filing for a California Bar Exam testing accommodation should read through the State Bar requirements carefully.   If you are planning on taking the bar exam in another state, be sure to check its requirements for applying for a testing accommodation.

One-on-One Financial Aid Exit Interviews

Federal regulations and UCI policy requires all students who borrowed federal  student loans to complete exit counseling before leaving school. This requirement is in place so that you will receive essential information about your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower.  You will receive information about the type of loans you received, when and where to make your payments, what to do if you cannot make your payments, and what can happen if you do not make your payments. To discuss your rights and responsibilities in more detail, the financial aid office offers one-on-one exist counseling sessions. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the session by making an appointment. The session will take about 20 to 30 minutes.  To make an appointment, please email the financial aid office at . Exit counseling may also be completed on-line by visiting  If exit counseling is not completed by May 9, 2014 a hold will be placed on your records. You will not be able to obtain University services and documents including, but not limited to, your transcripts.

Museum Admission Passes

The Law Library now has admission passes for The Orange County Museum of Art and The Irvine Museum available for check out, as well as a directory of Orange County and Los Angeles area museums that offer free admission to UCI students. Stop by the Service Counter for more details.

Moot Court Semi-Finals

We're thrilled to see how many people came out to support the quarterfinalists this week - it was a great few days of arguments.  But, alas, only four can continue.  The Semi-Finalists are (in alphabetical order) Tim Allen, Anne Conley, Margaux Poueymirou, and Jennifer Steeve.  All arguments (only two rounds left!) will take place next Tuesday, January 21st, in the Moot Court Room.  And then we'll know who will face Justice Sotomayor, Judge Daughtrey, and Judge Fletcher!  The schedule for that night is as follows:
6pm: Margaux Poueymirou and Jennifer Steeve
7pm: Tim Allen and Anne Conley

Spring 2014 Exam Schedule Updates

We encourage you to look at the updated Spring 2014 Exam Schedule, and plan accordingly!

Disability Services Office/Law School Special Hours - EDU 1016

Wednesday Afternoons, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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, January 20, 8am - 1pm

MLK Jr. Day of Service, Orange County Food Bank
UCI will be assembling boxes with food for the hungry at the OC Food Bank, in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You must register by visiting the

Wednesday, January 22, 12pm - 1pm

SBA Fundraiser, Courtyard
The SBA will be selling pizza slices in the courtyard during lunch. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Alumni Reception taking place on February 6th. $3 for one slice, or $5 for two slices. 

Saturday, January 25, 9:30am - 1:00pm

Environmental Law Society Hike, Meet in the Courtyard
Join the Environmental Law Society on a hike! Meet in the law courtyard at 9:30 am and we will carpool together. We will go on an easy to moderate hike in the Crystal Cove State Park/Laguna Coast Wilderness Park area and be back to the law school around 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, January 31

UCI Law on Ice
To celebrate another semester down, please join your classmates, guests, and partners for the SBA's 3rd annual winter event: UCI Law on Ice.  Back by popular demand, we've rented out KHS Ice Arena in Anaheim from 9:30pm-10:30pm on Friday, January 31, 2014.  For the hour, it's just us on the ice.   For just $5, you get an hour of ice time and either figure or hockey skate rental.  NOTE: you will need cash at the door, and must check in with Lisa Petak to pay your $5 and then get your skates.  Mark your calendars and lace up your skates!  Email with questions.

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. Ticket prices begin at $40. Prices go up to $45 starting January 19 and $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 between 1/19 and 2/1.

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.