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UC Irvine School of Law • March 15, 2015

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

Tuesday, March 17, 5:00pm

Law school graduates wear high quality regalia including a plush gown, hood, tam and tassel – graduates will be able to keep the tassel.  Regalia rental is $60 and can be ordered here.  (It can take a few minutes to populate the field, so please be patient.)  We’ve found that the tams run small; you should strongly consider ordering one size larger than normal.  The deadline to order Regalia is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

Wednesday, March 18

Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes will be released. Be on the lookout for the email announcement from the Registrar’s Office.

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 are 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.

Sunday, March 29

The Voice Article Submission Deadline
The Voice is looking for articles from students, alumni, faculty, and staff for its next issue! Please send your submission to Jeremy Cowan ( or Anna Rea ( by March 29. 

Monday, March 30

2015-2016 Student-Sponsored Symposium Application Deadline
Each year the Law School invites student organizations and publications to submit proposals for a Student Sponsored Symposium. One student organization or publication will be selected to sponsor a subsidized full-day conference or symposium.  The Symposium typically is held in the spring semester. Information about the selection process, examples of past successful applications, and a past symposium budget can be found on our website. This year’s Student Sponsored Symposium Committee members are Professors Robert Solomon (chair), Annie Lai, and Grace Tonner and student representatives Sean Garcia-Leys, Solange Rousset and John Bissett. Proposals should be submitted using the Application Form.  The application form and proposed budget are due via email to Dean Schroeder on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 p.m.  The Committee’s selection will be announced by the end of the spring semester.

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:


Wednesday, March 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Supreme Court Journalist, Joan Biskupic, EDU 1111
Joan Biskupic has covered the Supreme Court for twenty-five years and has written several books on the judiciary, including Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014) and American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009),  and Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.  She currently is editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters News. Before joining Reuters in 2012, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post and for USA Today. She is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. Ms. Biskupic is a graduate of Georgetown law school.  She earned her B.A. degree in Journalism from Marquette University, and her M.A. degree in English from the University of Oklahoma.  Please RSVP here by noon on Monday, March 16 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00pm

Mock Trial Finals, Courtroom
Come support the finalists as they compete in the last round of Mock Trial for the year.

Thursday, March 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Celebration of Books, Law Library
The entire UCI Law Community is invited to the Law Library’s Sixth Annual Celebration of Books. Please join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from April 2014 through March 2015.  This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professors Joseph DiMento, Catherine Fisk, Richard Hasen, Sarah Lawsky, Christopher Leslie, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Douglas NeJaime, Katherine Porter, Gregory Shaffer, and Ann Southworth.  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 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

APALSA/OCAABA Career Panel, EDU 1111
APALSA will host an OCAABA panel of lawyers from the Orange County area. There will be 3 attorney panelists to speak about their careers and answer questions from students.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:00pm

BLSA Panel, MPAA 430
Professors Richardson, Gustafson, Davis, and Dexter will discuss being a diverse attorney in the legal market. Students will have an opportunity to ask the professors questions and learn more about their individual backgrounds and experiences.

Thursday, March 26, 11:55am - 1:15pm

Professor Michelle Goodwin and BLSA: Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society, LAW 3500
Conversations on Mental Health, Race, and Society is a dialogue series sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy to examine the intersections of law, race, society, and mental health through the use of dialogue and documentary.  The series provides a forum for thinking about the emotional, psychological, and mental health dimensions of social violence and discrimination, examining legal cases as a platform for the discussions. The series is moderated by Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Public Health and Gender & Women’s Studies.  This discussion will focus on Sexual Violence Against Women And Girls, with a screening of “The 16 Year Old Killer: Cyntoia's Story.”  RSVP here to ensure a seat and lunch.  Full series schedule and details here.

Thursday, March 26, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

OutLaw & APALSA Film Screening: Kumu Hina, EDU 1131
OutLaw and APALSA are joining together to screen a film about race, gender identity, culture, and love. Kumu Hina is a story of a mahu (trans woman) hula teacher in Hawaii and her leadership in the Native Hawaiian community.

Saturday, March 28, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Bridging a Troubled Stream:  Confronting Legal Issues at the Nexus of Entertainment and Technology, EDU 1111
Presented by the Entertainment Law Society at UC Irvine, this symposium will examine current legal issues at the nexus of entertainment and technology in a rapidly changing digital frontier. Experts from the legal, technological, business, media, entertainment, and government sectors will come together to discuss the consequences of legal decisions on access to entertainment in the internet age.  Online registration and other details available on the Symposium event page.


Tuesday, March 17

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

Thursday, March 19

Entertainment Law Society Election Meeting, 12:30pm - 1:00pm, MPAA 430

Monday, March 23

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

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

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


Sunday, March 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Early Bar Prep with Dean Chemerinksy and ASP, EDU 1111
The first step towards passing any Bar Exam is learning the inside secrets from the experts.  Attend Early Bar Prep to familiarize yourself with what is tested on the bar exam, learn studying and test-taking strategies, and practice each type of question that appears on the bar exam. The sessions are open to 3Ls and are taught by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Linda Puertas, Director of Academic Skills, Sue Kung, Associate Director of Academic Skills, and Christina Chong, Assistant Director of Academic Skills. You can never be too prepared! Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kung at or Linda Puertas at

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

JD/MBA Concurrent Degree Information Session, The Business School's new building, 5th floor - SB1 5400 Colloqui
The Paul Merage Business School will host a JD/MBA concurrent degree information session at noon on Monday, March 16.

Tuesday, March 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1L Mandatory Workshop on Registering for Fall Classes, EDU 1111
Lunch will be provided.

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 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Skills Workshop: Pre-EIW Event - Secrets From The Employer, EDU 1131
This presentation is designed for students intending to participate in 2015 Fall Early Interview Week ("EIW") to be held from August 3-7, 2015. Panelists from Jones Day, a preeminent Am Law 100 law firm and the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office will speak about best practices for applying to employers participating in EIW (including drafting effective and persuasive cover letters). The panelists will also discuss interview skills and strategies to optimize performance at EIW. Time will be allotted at the conclusion of the presentation for Q&A.  Students attending this event should also plan to attend the CDO Fall 2015 EIW Strategy Session on April 15, 2015.

Tuesday, March 24, 11:50am - 1:50pm AND Monday, March 30, 11:50am - 1:10pm (Must attend both.)

Mandatory Summer Externship Orientation Part 1, EDU 1131
All students who wish to earn externship credit for their summer work must attend both sessions.  Attendance is a requirement of the externship course. Students who have not yet finalized their summer plans but believe that they may seek credit should attend.  Lunch will be served both days.  Arrive a little early  to pick up your meal.  To confirm your attendance, please:
1. complete and submit the Registration form at the Externship Online System page:
2. complete and save as much of the Request for Authorization to Enroll as possible (placement, supervisor, city)
3. confirm that you will attend the Orientation sessions by emailing Stacy Tran, so that we may order lunch

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

CDO: Skadden Fellowship Orientation, EDU 1111
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 year. Please RSVP on Symplicity as lunch will be provided.


Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17

Grad Fair, Courtyard
We will be hosting a Grad Fair in the Courtyard on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m. Representatives will be available for you to order announcements and diploma frames.  The campus Alumni Association will have a table with UCI Law regalia and will have staff available to take measurements so you can order the correct size.  Financial Aid will be there to schedule exit interviews (mandatory for students with loans), and Academic Skills will answer questions about the supplemental bar prep help it offers during the summer.


Spring Election Timeline:
March 9 - 15: Elections open
March 17: Announcement of 2015-2016 SBA Board of Directors


Tuesday, March 17, 11am - 3:00pm

Trial Advocacy Club St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale, Courtyard
Stop by the courtyard to support Trial Advocacy Club and purchase a St. Patrick's Day treat.

Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday, March 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

ELS Movie Ticket Sales - Fundraiser, Courtyard
ELS will table in the law school courtyard to sell discounted movie tickets.

Wednesday, March 18, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Knobbe Martens Reception, Eureka: 4143 Campus Drive
Knobbe Martens cordially invites 1L, 2L and 3L students with a technical background and interested in IP law to join us for a cocktail reception. Meet with lawyers from one of the country’s most prominent intellectual property law firms to learn more about our practice, our people, and why we offer an opportunity second to none to build a rewarding career in IP law.  Please RSVP to Jordan Budnick at, including the subject line, UC Irvine Reception RSVP, and your resume by Monday, March 16th. Dress is business professional.

Friday, March 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

PILF Thank You Event, UCI Student Center Doheney ABCD
Come say thanks to the students, staff, faculty, alumni, practicing attorneys, and many others who donated to this year's PILF fundraiser. Save the date! Please RSVP by March 17 to guarantee parking.  RSVP here:

Thursday, March 26, 5:30pm

Sheppard Mullin 1L Reception, Eurkea
Please join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP for the University of California, Irvine School of Law 1L Reception. Business casual attire. Drinks and appetizers will be served. The Sheppard Mullin UCI Law 1L Reception will be hosted at Eureka Restaurant across the street from campus (4143 Campus Drive, Irvine).  RSVP by March 20 to Patty McGraw, Recruiting Coordinator ( with the subject line “UCI Reception.”

Wednesday, April 1, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Troutman Sanders Reception: Navigating Your Way Through The Recruitment Process, Troutman Sanders: 5 Park Plaza, Ste 1400
Troutman Sanders invites first-year UCI law students to a presentation designed to provide useful tips on how to successfully navigate your way through the recruitment process.  Appetizers and refreshments to be served.  Parking will be validated.  Please RSVP to Sheri Clifton by March 31.

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.

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.