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UC Irvine School of Law • March 30, 2014

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.

Tuesday, April 1

Legal Analysis of Evidence Deadline
Professor Linda Puertas is offering a three-unit graded course, Legal Analysis of Evidence, in the fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 - 11:45am.  The seminar-sized course is intended for students who believe that they need additional help in legal analysis and exam-writing.  Evidence is a co- or pre-requisite.  If you are interested in taking this course, please send an e-mail to faculty assistant Robert Medeiros, indicating that you would like to take the course.  You should also provide: your class year, whether you've taken Evidence or plan to enroll in Fall 2014, and any specific information you think Professor Puertas should know about your interest in the course.

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, April 21

Exam Information
The tentative final exam schedule can be found here.

Please note that for in-person ExamSoft exams, you must download the exam by noon the day before it is scheduled.  Failure to download an exam in ExamSoft by noon the day before will leave you with no choice but to use a blue book.

If you need to reschedule an exam for reasons listed in the Academic Rules, you must contact Jennah Jones by Monday, April 21 at 5:00pm. 


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.  Ms. Escobosa Helzer has served as counsel in civil rights cases involving free speech, religious freedom, due process and law enforcement abuse.

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 for careers in private practice, the public sector, or a myriad other paths.  In addition, we will discuss strategic choices to make now to strengthen your clerkship applications.  Please RSVP on Symplicity and bring your lunch. 

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).

Wednesday, April 2, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

2014 Chancellor's Chair Lecture: "Legal Education Reform, Legal Globalization, and the American Dream," EDU 1131
You are cordially invited to the 2014 Chancellor's Chair Lecture by Professor Bryant Garth.  RSVP online to secure a seat.   

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, featuring 3Ls who worked as summer associates at law firms last summer, will cover the skills and strategies necessary to succeed as a summer associate at a law firm.  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.  Please RSVP on Symplicity and bring your lunch.

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, April 7, 6:00pm

2014 Distinguished Critical Race Theory Lecture: Dog Whistle Politics, EDU 1131
The Center on Law, Equality and Race invites you to hear Ian F. Haney Lopez, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley discuss "Dog Whistle Politics."  He will address how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class. RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

DLS Guest Speaker:  Professor Michael Waterstone, LAW 3600
Professor Michael Waterstone from Loyala Law will be talking about a recent law review article he authored. His article explored the level of scrutiny courts should use in cases pertaining to persons with disabilities in light of the recent DOMA and Prop. 8 decisions that have triggered a heightened level of scrutiny for LGBT cases.

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

WLS Presents: Lean In or Lean Back?, LAW 4750
Prof. Menkel-Meadow will facilitate a discussion of the controversial arguments by Sheryl Sanberg to "Lean In" while others (Anne Marie Slaughter and Rosa Brooks) suggest work quality of life issues are more complicated. This affects men, too, but women especially. Come and talk with us about what earlier generations have done and what choices you face as you begin your legal careers. 

Wednesday, April 9, 11:40am - 1:00pm

Election Law Society Guest Speaker: Professor Adam Winkler, EDU 1131
Professor Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law at UCLA Law. His wide-ranging scholarship has touched upon a diverse array of topics such as the right to bear arms, corporate political speech rights, affirmative action, judicial independence, constitutional interpretation, corporate social responsibility, international economic sanctions, and campaign finance law. His work has been cited and quoted in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions dealing with the Second Amendment and with corporate political speech rights.  In his first case out of law school, he worked with noted criminal defense lawyer Howard Weitzman representing the late Michael Jackson in a highly publicized child-molestation case. Winkler was also part of the defense team that initially represented O.J. Simpson in the football player’s infamous murder trial.  Please RSVP here by April 7th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, April 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO:  How to Succeed in Your Summer Public Interest Internship, MPAA 420
Congratulations on landing your summer public interest internship! The next step is to make a positive impression so that you can leave the summer with a great experience for your resume and excellent letters of recommendation.  Come listen to your fellow classmates talk about their past public interest summer experience and advice on what pitfalls to avoid and tips to excel and impress in your new position.  Please RSVP on Symplicity.


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

Monday, April 7

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

Wednesday, April 9

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

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

Thursday, April 10

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


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

Jessup Moot Court Team Informational Meeting, MPAA 408
The Jessup International Moot Court Team will host an informational meeting. Please stop by if you are interested in joining the 2014-2015 team. The current team plans to briefly discuss the competition, expectations, and the application process. Team members will be available to answer questions.

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

2014-2015 Community Fellows Spring Training, LAW 3500
During "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!

Monday, April 7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lexisnexis "Think Like a Lawyer," EDU 1131
This session is designed to prepare you for on-the-job success.  Learn what today's top firms expect from new associates and how the legal theories you have learned in class will be applied in the real world.  Attendees will receive 800 Reward points.   Pizza and refreshments will be served.

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. 

Tuesday, April 8, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Westlaw Practice Ready Workshop Training, MPAA 420
A Practice-Ready Workshop session will focus on strategies and tools that any new associate (or law clerk or research assistant) can leverage on the first day on the job. This program will provide a three-step approach so you can be confident and prepared to practice. Professional firms typically use Thomson Reuters subscription-based products to be more cost-efficient using technology. Learn how to use featured tools to demonstrate that you are an intelligent professional. Learn how to use Folders and History to organize and manage your research, and set up alerts to stay up-to-date on the information you are seeking.

Thursday, April 10, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Environmental Law Society Presents: "Do the Math, The Movie,"  EDU 1111
Come learn about the UC Fossil Free Campaign! The Environmental Law Society presents's documentary "Do the Math," a film that challenges public investment in fossil fuel industries. Emily Williams, a representative from the California Student Sustainability Coalition, will lead a discussion after the screening. 

Saturday, April 12, 4:00pm

Western State University Law Review Presents: A National Security Symposium, Western State College of Law Campus
Join attorneys from around the country in attending the National Security Law Symposium: "The Constitutionality and Consequences of America's Use of Drones and the NSA Spying Program" through the Law Review at Western State College of Law. There will be a Drone Panel and a NSA Panel, along with a keynote presentation by UCI Law's Dean Chemerinsky. $35 general admission.  For more information or to sign up, click here.


Academic Advising/Registration

Dean Schroeder is offering half hour, individual academic advising sessions on upper level course selection.  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 change your name officially, 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.  Someone must sign acknowledgement of receipt before a diploma is delivered.  UCI only covers the cost of 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.


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. Contact Greg Wagner for more info.

Thursday, April 3, 3:30pm- 5:30pm

Community Tea, Courtyard
The Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA), the Orange County Human Rights Association (OCHRA), and the Criminal Law Society (CLS) are co-hosting April'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. 

Monday, April 7, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

CDO: Troutman Sanders 1L Reception, Troutman Sanders' Irvine Office (5 Park Plaza, suite 1400)
The law firm of Troutman Sanders invites 1Ls to a presentation designed to provide recommendations and advice on ways to navigate successfully the recruitment process. Topics will include interviewing and resume tips, identifying the law firm that is the right fit for you, and succeeding as a summer associate. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.  Please see Symplicity for flyer with RSVP information.  Parking will be validated.

Tuesday, April 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

In Vino Veritas in the Courtyard, Courtyard
Welcome to the first Wine and Law Gathering! Join In Vino Veritas and our cosponsors -- Environmental Law Society, Women's Law Society, International Law Society, Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, Tax Law Society, Law and Economics Society. Learn about sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines. Hear how federal and state taxes impact the wine industry. Find out how different countries label, license, and manufacture their wines. Anything you want to know about wine and law is here! All UCI Law students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Thursday, April 10, 5:30pm

2014 Pro Bono & Student Life Awards, Student Center, Emerald Bay ABCDE
Please join the Pro Bono Office and Student Services in recognizing your peers, hearing about your peers’ pro bono contributions, and finding out who won the SBA Student/Faculty Awards you voted on!  Doors will open at 5:30pm with light appetizers, and a cash bar.  The program will begin promptly at 6:00pm.  Please RSVP here; we hope to see you all there!

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