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UC Irvine School of Law • March 1, 2015

Monday, March 2

2015-2016 FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline
To renew eligibility for federal direct loans and receive disbursements for the Fall 2015 semester, now is the time to  submit a 2015-2016  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 The priority filing date is March 2, 2015. If you file by March 2, you will receive an offer of federal loans before the end  of the Spring semester.  If you/your spouse have not completed your 2014 Federal Tax Returns yet, use estimated figures based on W2s/1099s or the previous year’s figures. Please do not report parental information on your FAFSA. You may follow up with my  office if additional information or documentation is requested. Also, please take advantage of the free online scholarship search at  our scholarship page

Saturday, March 7

Deadline to Apply for the ACC Southern California Diversity Bar Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship program is to pay for one bar review course for each selected recipient.  ACC-SoCal believes that it is incumbent upon the legal community to assist in alleviating the economic burden faced by financially challenged minority students as each student prepares for the California Bar Exam and a future in the legal profession. To help resolve this problem/burden, ACC-SoCal has put together a scholarship program designed to pay for a limited number of bar review courses for minority students that might have otherwise had to forgo taking such courses.  A limited number of recipients shall be selected from qualified minority applicants who demonstrate high moral character and financial need.  Please see e-mail from Nasreen Zia for the scholarship application and additional details.

Friday, March 13

Mexican American Bar Foundation Scholarship Deadline
The Mexican American Bar Foundation proudly announces the opening of the application season for its California Bar stipend program and its annual scholarship awards program.  Established in 1991 by volunteer lawyers and judges, the Foundation has pursued its mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession through education by awarding bar stipends and scholarships to Latino law students in Southern California.  Full eligibility requirements and applications can be found at For questions contact Patricia Higuera Stout, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, at

Sunday, March 15

Deadline to Apply for the Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship
The firm of Arnold & Porter LLP awards $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship is paid to the recipient's law school to help finance his or her tuition costs during the second academic year. Qualified applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school's student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student's need for financial assistance, but such need is not required. To apply for the Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship, please submit a current resume, official law school transcript and a personal statement (limited to 500 words) that describes your personal background and the importance of diversity in your life and the legal profession. An applicant also may submit a separate statement demonstrating the financial need of a scholarship to help finance his or her law school education, but such statement is not required. Applications should be submitted to Emilie Lawson, Professional Development Manager, no later than March 15, 2015 through this link Diversity Scholarship Application

Monday, March 23

Californians for Equal Justice Summer Stipend Application Deadline
Equal Justice America is launching Californians for Equal Justice this year, making students at all ABA approved California law schools eligible for EJA Fellowships.  Students must line up a placement with a non-profit organization in California that provides civil legal assistance to the poor.  Information on how to apply can be found at this link.  The EJA Fellowships for UCI students will be highly competitive.  Limited slots available, especially since this is the first time CJA is offering fellowships to students at all California law schools.  The number of UCI students funded will increase as the program moves forward in the years to come.

Monday, March 30

DRI 2015 Diversity Scholarship Application Submission Deadline
Deadline to apply for one of two $10,000 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships.  DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar ( -wants to ensure that top diverse law students from across the country are aware that these scholarships are available. The application is available on its website:


Monday, March 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Disability Law Society Guest Speaker: Disability Rights California Staff Attorney, Elizabeth Grumet, LAW 4850
Staff attorney from Disability Rights California (DRC), Elizabeth Grumet, will speak to interested UCI Law students about DRC's role in the community and the various legal services it provides, for example its Client Assistance Program (CAP), which helps people resolve their issues with the Department of Rehabilitation and other Rehabilitation Act funded programs. Please join us for this lunch talk to learn more about disability law and rights in California.

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

Speaker Series: Mary Anne Franks, Vice President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, EDU 1111
The Women’s Law Society and the Speakers Series are pleased to co-sponsor Prof. Mary Ann Franks from the University of Miami School of Law.  Prof. Franks is an expert on cyberlaw, self-defense, discrimination, free speech, and privacy.  She will discuss “revenge porn,” sexually explicit images that are publicly shared online without the consent of the pictured individual.  Prof. Franks serves as the Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about cyber harassment and advocates for legal and social reform.  Please RSVP here by Tuesday, March 10 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, March 12, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Professor Bethany Berger: Citizenship in Red and Yellow, EDU 1111
The Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Colloquia Series at UC Irvine presents Bethany Berger, Thomas F. Gallivan Jr. Professor at University of Connecticut School of Law, speaking on “Citizenship in Red and Yellow: Elk v. Wilkins and United States v. Wong Kim Ark.” In the late 19th century, the Supreme Court issued two opinions on the citizenship of individuals born in the United States under the Fourteenth Amendment. In Elk v. Wilkins, the Court rejected citizenship for John Elk, a Winnebago man born in Nebraska to Wisconsin-born parents. In United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the Court affirmed citizenship for Wong Kim Ark, a Chinese man born in California to Chinese-born parents. Central to arguments about birthright citizenship under the constitution, these cases influence debates from unaccompanied minor immigrants to the Indian Child Welfare Act. This paper argues that despite their apparent differences, both opinions were consistent with the egalitarian ideals of the Fourteenth Amendment. It also provides previously neglected facts about the litigants, their lawyers, and their communities to challenge idealized concepts of citizenship, freedom, and individual action that emerged then and remain influential today.  Professor Berger’s bio and event details at UCI Humanities Commons.

Friday, March 13, 1:45pm - 5:30pm

ICFV Lecture with Joan Meier - "Family Violence Survivors in Family Court: An Uphill Battle," EDU 1111
UC Irvine Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence presents a lecture by Professor Joan Meier, Professor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University School of Law.  Professor Meier is a nationally recognized expert on child abuse, domestic violence and the law and appellate litigation. In her more than 20 years at GW, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of family violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models.  More about Prof. Meier and the event on the ICFV Event page


Monday, March 9

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

Tuesday, March 10

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

LSSDP General Body Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 420

Wednesday, March 11

Trial Advocacy Club Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750


Monday, March 9, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Skills Workshop:  Getting a CA State Job, MPAA 420
Work for the Golden State! In this workshop, the CDO will show students how to search for post-graduate 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. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, March 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Skills Workshop: Starting Your Public Interest Career, EDU 1131
This presentation will include a discussion of Fellowships; how to select summer positions, pro bono placements, and externships strategically for a career in Public Interest. We will also discuss networking in the public interest community.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00pm -7:30pm

Perspectives: A Reading Group (CLEaR), LAW 3500
Perspectives is a monthly student discussion group. This month Prof. Michele Goodwin is leading a discussion on Ms. Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell. Jonathan Odell will be present to discuss his work with students. *Dinner provided.* Free copies of the book available for committed attendees - please contact Jamila Benkato. Email to RSVP!

Wednesday, March 11, 11:30am - 1:00pm

1L MANDATORY Core Clinic Information Session, EDU 1111
The UCI Law Clinics will be hosting the Core Clinic Information Session on March 11, 2015 for all 1L’s.  Attendance at the event is mandatory.  The event will be held in EDU 1111 starting at 11:30 AM, and will run through 1:00 PM in the courtyard.  Lunch will be provided.  At the event, students will learn about each of the UCI Law Clinics, as well as how they will be able to submit their preferences for clinic selection.  Students will also have the opportunity to speak with current clinic students about their experiences, so we recommend that students come prepared to ask questions to help with the selection process.  We will be sending out more detailed information about the event to the 1L’s, along with descriptions of our clinics, for consideration prior to the event.  We look forward to seeing all of the 1L’s at the event!

Friday, March 13, 3:00pm - 6:30pm

Free MPRE Review with Dean Chemerinsky
UCI School of Law is once again pleased to hold a special 3 ½ hour MPRE exam preparation course on Friday, March 13 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in EDU 1131. The course is designed for students taking the March 28 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  by Tuesday, March 10.  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 number of seats for UCI Law students). Students seeking testing accommodations should begin working on their accommodations applications as early as possible.  Please read the instructions thoroughly and carefully. Information on signing up to take the MPRE can be found here:

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1L Mandatory Workshop on Registering for Fall Classes, EDU 1111

Save the Date: Thursday, March 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty/Adjunct Panel on Fall Course Offerings, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this fall.  Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics.  Q & A will follow the presentations.  Please RSVP by noon on March 17 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.


Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 6

Mid-semester Review Week - No classes

Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Bar Week, Courtyard
Stop by tables in the courtyard to learn more about all of the participating bar prep companies. This event is open to all three classes, as the companies have materials that are helpful for all levels.


Are you interested in student government or advocating for the interests of UCI Law students? Consider running for the SBA Board of Directors!
Spring Election Timeline:

February 22 - March 9: call for candidate statements
March 9 - 15: Elections open
March 17: Announcement of 2015-2016 SBA Board of Directors

SBA Student Awards

Every year the SBA recognizes students, faculty and staff at the Pro Bono and Student Life Awards. The SBA Student Awards are nominated and voted on by students.  Please take a moment to nominate your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff for the SBA Student Awards by clicking here for 1Ls: and here for 2Ls:  For each category, please include the name of your nominee, and a brief statement of why you are nominating him/her. You can submit nominations until Monday, March 2 at 11:59pm. After Spring Break we will send out a ballot listing all nominees and brief statements as to why they were nominated.


Tuesday, March 10, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Small Firm & Corporate Counsel Reception, MPAA Executive Commons
The Career Development Office is proud to host UCI Law School’s Fourth Annual Small Firm and Corporate Counsel Reception. The reception will give UCI Law students an opportunity to meet and network with attorneys from small to mid-size firms and in-house counsel offices. Dean Chemerinsky will welcome attorneys to the reception with opening remarks.  Light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is capped; be sure to RSVP on Symplicity as soon as possible.

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Haynes and Boone 1L Reception, Haynes and Boone, LLP, 600 Anton Blvd, Suite 700, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Please join Haynes and Boone, LLP for the University of California, Irvine School of Law 1L Reception. Business casual attire. Drinks and appetizers will be served. The Haynes & Boone UCI Law 1L Reception will be hosted at Haynes and Boone, LLP offices at 600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  RSVP to by March 1. Please include a copy of your resume and law school transcript.

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14, 6:30pm

Vagina Monologues, Palo Verde Community Room
Women's Law Society cordially invites you to the 4th annual production of the Vagina Monologues at U.C. Irvine School of Law. Organized, directed and performed by students, it is sure to be a fun, and educational, night! Doors open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 7:30pm. You can purchase tickets in the courtyard during the week of March 9 or here

Sunday, April 12, 8:30am - 12:00pm

ARC Grad Decathlon 2015, ARC
The Grad Decathlon is a unique event that will challenge you to compete against the School of Medicine, Paul Merage School of Business, or School of Law, as well as your most difficult opponent — yourself.  The result is a memorable full-day fitness experience that builds professional and personal bonds that can last a lifetime, and gives you bragging rights back at your department. Your day at the Grad Decathlon will be filled with 8 physical events.  By participating in the Grad Decathlon, you join a community of like-minded people from the UC Irvine Campus that brings a real sense of teamwork and camaraderie to the event. You’ll have a chance to meet and network with some impressive people. Teams of 3 can sign up to compete for $30/team ($10/person).  Team captains can register at the ARC Sales Desk between 8:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays, and should email team rosters to

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30pm

Pro Bono & Student Life Awards, University Club
Save the date!  More details to come, but we hope you will 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.

Monday, April 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

SAVE THE DATE: UCI Law Student & Alumni Mixer, Red-O Restaurant
Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in an evening of mingling and hors d'oeuvres at our second annual UCI Law Alumni Reception. This event is hosted by Greenberg Gross LLP and will take place at Red-O Restaurant in Newport Beach.

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