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UC Irvine School of Law • March 23, 2014

Thursday, March 27

Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes will be released. Be on the look out for the email announcement from the Registrar’s Office.

Friday, March 28, 5:00pm

2014-2015 Student Sponsored Symposium Application Deadline
Each year the Law School invites student organizations and publications to submit proposals for a Student Sponsored Symposium. The Symposium typically is held in the spring semester.  The guidelines for selection of the 2014-15 Symposium can be found here. Proposals should be submitted to Dean Schroeder via e-mail, using the Application Form.

Monday, March 31, 8:00am

Bidding opens at 8:00am for semester-long upper-level fall courses with an enrollment class capacity of 24 or less.  Bidding for courses is completed through Symplicity.  A video tutorial on the bidding process is available here.

Friday, April 4, 12:00pm

Bidding closes at 12:00pm for semester-long upper-level fall courses with an enrollment class capacity of 24 or less.

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

Full-time Faculty Panel:  Upper Level Fall Course Offerings, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty will discuss their upper level course offerings for the fall, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into different classes. 

Monday, March 24, 4:00pm

"Leveraging Your Legal Education for a Career in Federal Policy" with Elizabeth Kelly LAW 3500
Ms. Kelly spent her first year after law school as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), her second year as a Policy Advisor for the White House National Economic Council, and is currently clerking for the Honorable Stephen Higginson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans. She hopes to return to the White House after her clerkship. She has been remarkably successful at navigating her career through fellowships and can be a good resource for people who want to do something similar.  A member of the Yale Law School class of 2012, Ms. Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and received her MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial and Clarendon Scholar. 
After the talk, we will be hosting an informal dinner for students who would like to stay and chat. If you would like to attend the dinner please RSVP to Angie Middleton at  If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Grace Lee at

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

Speaker Series:  Panel Discussion on Business Litigation Strategy, EDU 1111
The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) is pleased to present a panel discussion on business litigation strategy.  The distinguished panel includes: Jeffrey H. Reeves, Michelle Johnson, Mark Erickson, and Todd Friedland.  Please RSVP here by March 24th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

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

Professor Leslie Griffin: Contraceptive Mandate, MPAA 420
Please join the Women's Law Society and the American Constitution Society for a discussion with our own Prof. Griffin, who is an expert on the intersection of law and religion. Just hours after the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Prof. Griffin will give her take on the case.  The issue in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby is whether the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act violates the First Amendment religious expression rights of the owners of for-profit corporations.  Lunch will be provided! 

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

Town Hall Meeting with Dean Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
All three classes are invited to a Town Hall with Dean Chemerinsky for an update on the status of the school, including plans for a new building.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well.  Please RSVP here by noon on March 24 so lunch can be ordered for you.

Wednesday, March 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

CDO Strategies on How to Succeed in Judicial Chambers, MPAA 430
This panel will include a judge and judicial law clerks. The session will cover tips on how to succeed in chambers as a judicial extern and as a judicial law clerk (post-graduate). Time will be reserved for student questions, so that we may address the points that are most important to you.

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

CDO: Skadden Fellowship Orientation, EDU 1131
Susan Butler Plum, the Founding Director of the Skadden Fellowship Program, will be presenting (via Skype) an inside perspective into the application process for this prestigious post-graduate fellowship program. In-person attendance at this meeting is essential for all 2L students who plan to submit a post-graduate Skadden Fellowship application during September of their 3L years.

Monday, March 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Belinda Escobosa Helzer, Attorney with OC ACLU of Southern California, EDU 1131
Belinda Escobosa Helzer is the Director of the ACLU of Southern California’s Orange County office, as well as a Senior Attorney.  Belinda has served as counsel in civil rights cases involving free speech, religious freedom, due process and law enforcement abuse.  Please RSVP here by March 27th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, April 1, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Celebration of Books, Law Library
The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Books.  Join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from April 2013 through March 2014.  Coffee and pastries will be offered beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Library vestibule.  The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.  This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Rachel Croskery-Roberts, Catherine Fisk, Elizabeth Loftus, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, and Christopher Whytock.

Tuesday, April 1, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Judicial Clerkship Overview for 1Ls, EDU 1131
A faculty panel will speak to students about the value of judicial clerkships.
All students with an interest in judicial clerkships should attend - including those who may not think they are eligible based on grades. There are thousands of clerkships available in federal and state courts, and there's something for everyone.

Tuesday, April 1, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

US Entrepreneurship: Regulation and Job Creation, EDU 1111
Please join the Federalist Society as Mr. Sean O'Hare, seasoned entrepreneur, investment banker, and adviser to non-profits, discusses the status of entrepreneurship in the United States. Mr. O'Hare will discuss the current state of entrepreneurship in the US, including complications with regulation and its effects on job creation. Commentary provided by UCI Law Prof. David Min. As always, food is provided. No RSVP necessary.

Tuesday, April 1, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

CLEAR Perspectives Reading Group Presents: "Author Meets Reader," Law 3750
Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law at UCLA, will discuss his forthcoming book, Immigration Outside the Law, with Professor Stephen Lee.  Physical copies of pages are available for checkout by emailing  Participants must return their copy at the event.

Wednesday, April 2, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Public Law Panel, MPAA 420
Interested in municipal law? Administrative law? Criminal practice? Tax? ConLaw? Join the CDO and the California State Bar Public Law Section for a panel on these and other areas of law governing relationships between individuals and the government. This panel presentation—moderated by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky—will feature attorneys from Best Best & Krieger, the OC County Counsel, the OCDA, and Rutan and Tucker. Please RSVP by Friday, March 28, to Tran Meltzer. Lunch will be served (and will be plentiful).

Thursday, April 3, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: Succeeding As A Summer Associate or First Year Attorney at a Law Firm, LAW 3750
This panel discussion will cover the skills and strategies necessary to succeed as a summer associate at a law firm. The panelists will be 3Ls who worked as summer associates at law firms last summer. The program will include a discussion of important topics such as navigating a firm hierarchy and culture, how to manage work assignments, how to succeed at firm social events, and information regarding work productivity and the billable hour.  Time will be reserved for student questions and an interactive discussion period.

Friday, April 4, 8:30am - 4:30pm

The Sixth Annual Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium, EDU 1111
Presented by the State Bar of California Real Property Law Section in partnership with the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  This symposium will cover a wide range of topics relating to fair housing, including the Fair Housing Council’s role in developing California’s fair housing regulations, barriers to housing and public accommodation for racial minorities, issues currently facing the LGBT community in the context of fair housing, and policies and practices adopted in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis that discriminate against certain individuals.


Monday, March 24

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

Tuesday, March 25

CAG: Children's Advocacy Group General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600

Wednesday, March 26

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

SALDF General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, EDU 1111

Thursday, March 27

Law Review Town Hall Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 408  This is an optional meeting for current Law Review members. The Volume 5 Board would like to hear your comments about what was good or bad about Law Review this year, and your suggestions for next year. The Board will also be present to answer any questions you have about next year. 

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

Monday, March 31

Criminal Law Society Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

Tuesday, April 1

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

Wednesday, April 2

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

Thursday, April 3

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

Student Coffee with the Dean, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, LAW 3500


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.

Thursday, March 27, 12:15pm - 2:30pm

Externships—Questions and Answers, Courtyard
Do you plan to extern this summer?  Do you have questions about the enrollment process?  General questions about externships?  Specific questions about your options for the fall?  Professor Fry, Director of UCI’s externship program, will be in the courtyard to answer your questions between 12:15 and 1:15 Thursday March 27.  Bring your lunch & join her.

Friday, April 4, 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Rock Your Interviews: Sheppard Mullin 1L Lunch, Costa Mesa Office
For any 1L students who self-identify as diverse, Sheppard Mullin is extending an invitation to join attorneys from their Recruiting Committee, Out At Sheppard Group, and Diversity and Inclusion Attorney Network for lunch and a roundtable discussion at the firm’s office in Costa Mesa. The focus of this event is to give guidance on how to succeed during interviews this coming fall. Associates will be on hand to answer student questions. Students should RSVP to Kelly Swanholm at by Thursday, March 27.

Friday, April 4, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

2014-2015 Community Fellows Spring Training, LAW 3500
This will be the "Spring Training" for our newly selected Community Fellows.  We will get to know the new team and start planning for Fall 2014.  Snacks will be provided!

Tuesday, April 8, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Law Review Info Session and Write On Training, EDU 1111
The UC Irvine Law Review Board is holding an information session about what Law Review is and why you should consider joining. We also will provide a training for the write on process. The first half of the meeting will focus on answering questions about Law Review and the write on, such as what you do as a journal member and what the write on will look like. The second half of the meeting will provide actual training and advice for the write on process. We will review Bluebooking, cover the key parts of the Chicago Manual of Style, and introduce you to the basics of the UC Irvine Law Review style guide. We encourage all interested 1L and 2L students to attend to learn more about joining the UC Irvine Law Review. 


Friday, March 28

Cesar Chavez Holiday - Campus Closed

The Law Library will be closed, Friday, March 28 in honor of Caesar Chavez Day. Weekend hours are unaffected.

Academic Advising/Registration

Dean Schroeder is offering half hour, individual academic advising sessions on upper level course selection beginning on March 27. Appointments are available on Cesar Chavez Day, March 28, even though the school is closed for the holiday.  Please make an appointment through Debbie Mondares by phone (949-824-8395) or in person rather than via email.

For those of you new to course registration, or if you would like a refresher, please watch the two excellent videos prepared by Assistant Registrar Patricia Kinjo.  The first is on small-class bidding, and the second is on general enrollment.


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.

The Law School pays to have your diploma mailed to your permanent address.  Please be sure your address is correct in StudentAccess.  The diploma will need a signature for delivery.  We only cover the cost for the first mailing. If a diploma cannot be delivered, it is returned to the campus Registrar and you have to make arrangements to get it.

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.


Wednesday, March 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

March Community Tea, Courtyard
Come join OutLaw, APALSA, and ACS for a community tea in the courtyard! 

Thursday, March 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Sheppard Mullin:  5th Annual 1L Reception, El Torito Grill in Irvine
The law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is hosting the 5th annual reception for UCI Law’s Class of 2016. 
This event is a terrific opportunity to meet and speak with attorneys from a stellar law firm founded in 1927 with over 600 attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia. Please RSVP to Patty McGraw by March 21 with the subject line "UCI Reception."

Monday, March 31, 7:00pm

Anaheim Ducks Hockey Game
UCI Law is headed to an Anaheim Ducks hockey game on March 31 at the Honda Center.  The Ducks will be playing against the Winnipeg Jets. Tickets are just $20! Tickets will be sold on campus (cash only) during lunch the weeks of March 17 and 24. You can also pay via paypal at Contact Greg Wagner for more info.

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.