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UC Irvine School of Law • March 8, 2015

Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00pm

Community Fellows Applications Deadline
If you are interested in serving as a Community Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, please submit your application materials to the front desk in EDU suite 1000 by noon on Tuesday, March 10.   You will sign up for an interview when you turn in your application. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Jennah Jones.

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 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:


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

Disability Law Society Guest Speaker: Disability Rights California Staff Attorney, Elizabeth Grumet, LAW 4850
Elizabeth Grumet, a staff attorney from Disability Rights California (DRC), will speak to interested UCI Law students about DRC's role in the community and the various legal services it provides.  For example DRC's Client Assistance Program (CAP) 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Presumed Guilty: An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survivial, and Hope on America's Death Row, Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference Room B
The Newkirk Center for Science and Society presents, Presumed Guilty: An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survival and Hope on America’s Death Row, featuring Juan Melendez, Death Row Exoneree. In 1984, Juan Melendez was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in Polk County, Florida based solely on the testimony of two highly incentivized witnesses.  Three separate appeals were dismissed by the Florida Supreme Court before a stunning piece of new evidence was discovered. He was exonerated and released in January 2002, after nearly 18 years of unjust incarceration on death row. Since then, Juan has traveled the globe to tell the story of his journey from hope to freedom. Juan was the 99th death row prisoner in the United States to be released based on evidence of innocence since 1973. Mr. Melendez is a uniquely dynamic and exceptional speaker who shares an inspirational personal story of human resilience, courage, faith, and hope. His legal case highlights the pervasive problems that exist in the death penalty system, such as its unreliability and its unfair and unequal application to people of color and the poor. Introductory remarks by Rosa Greenbaum, Ph,D. Student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Juan’s former investigator.  RSVP at if you plan to attend.  Co-sponsored by: Witness to Innocence; Department of Criminology, Law and Society; School of Social Ecology; School of Law; Center for Psychology and Law, The Forum for the Academy and Public Life, Literary Journalism and Race & Justice Initiative.

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. Professor Berger's 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.

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. 

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.

Saturday, March 28, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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.


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

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Lunch, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4700

Wednesday, March 11

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

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 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 what legal positions are available and how the hiring process works (from exam, to application, to interview). We will further de-mystify state “exams,” review exam prompts and responses, and arm students with a step-by-step checklist for getting a California state job. 

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:

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 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. To guarantee lunch will be provided for you, please RSVP no later than March 11.

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

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

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 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.

Thursday, March 12

Remove Personal Belongings from Student Lounge Kitchen for Cleaning
In anticipation for the AALS visit we will be cleaning out the fridges and microwaves on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.  All items, including condiments, lunch bags and soda, will be subject to removal including items in the freezer (no exceptions).  The drawers and shelves will be wiped clean along with the microwaves.  As with all other times we have done a cleaning you must remove all items that you wish to retain.   Anything left in the fridges at the time of cleaning will be tossed (as previously stated no exceptions).


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


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. At the reception we will discuss topics related to interviewing (how to interview, what to listen for, and what firms are looking for) and summer clerking (how to succeed as a summer clerk and help students prepare for 1L summer experience). 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. The deadline to RSVP has been extended to March 8.  Please RSVP to 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

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 Recpetion, 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.

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.

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! RSVP information will be sent soon.

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

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.

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