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UC Irvine School of Law • October 11, 2015

October 26

Spring Course Catalogue released.


Wednesday, October 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Randi McGinn, Senior Partner, McGinn Carpenter Montoya & Love, EDU 1111
Randi McGinn is a prominent Albuquerque trial attorney and Senior Partner of the firm she founded there in 1985.    She is known for her creative use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination, and closing argument.  Ms. McGinn, a former Assistant District Attorney, was recently appointed as Special Prosecutor in the highly publicized police shooting case of a homeless camper.  She is Vice President of the Inner Circle of Advocates (100 best plaintiff lawyers) and is double-listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers of America.  Ms. McGinn is an adjunct professor of law at University of New Mexico and author of Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win.  Please RSVP here by Monday, October 12th to reserve your seat and guarantee lunch will be provided for you. 

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Law and Humanities Conversations on Inequality: A Reading and Discussion Group, LAW 3500
You're invited to join the Center on Law, Equality and Race for its first-ever Law and Humanities Conversations on Inequality, a reading and discussion group.  The topic this week will be “The Long Aftermath of Scottsboro.”  Dinner will be served from 6:30-7:00, with discussion beginning at 7:00. This discussion + dinner event is a collaboration between UCI Law and the UCI Humanities Department.  The Law and Humanities Conversations is a newly-formed interdisciplinary student-faculty discussion group. This year’s theme is inequality. Twice this fall we will meet for informal and lively discussions of the Scottsboro Boys case and legal opinions, art, history, literature, music, and social activism that the rape trial generated. Current events have made the legacy of the Scottsboro Boys especially salient and poignant. Discussions will address issues such as racial and economic inequality, old and new movements for social justice, student organizing, lost and found objects, collective memory, inter-generational links between activists then and now, and intersections of gender, race, and class.  To RSVP and/or to request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please email

Thursday, October 15, 5:00pm - 6:40pm

China Boom/China Bust: Understanding the Implications of a Chinese Slowdown, UCI Merage School of Business - Auditorium, Room 1200
The upheaval in China’s stock markets over the summer has left many wondering what is happening in the world’s most important growth engine. Are we witnessing the beginning of an economic crisis in China, or at least a dramatic slowdown after decades of massive growth? If so, what is causing it? What are the domestic economic, social and political implications? And what does a slowdown in China mean for the U.S. economy as a whole and the Southern Californian economy in particular? The UCI Long U.S.-China Institute is bringing together a panel of leading experts from academic and business circles to discuss these questions and provide a state of the art understanding of the Chinese economy and the domestic and international impact of recent developments relating to it.

Friday, October 16, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Public Defender Careers Panel, EDU 1131
Join respected Public Defenders from Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego as they discuss their career paths and how to break into a public defense career.

Monday, October 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Initiative to End Family Violence, EDU 1111
In 1992 at the age of 22, fearing for her own life and the life of her unborn child, Norma Cumpian shot and killed her abusive boyfriend.  Although domestic violence experts testified at her trial, the jury convicted Ms. Cumpian and she was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.  She will share the challenges faced by incarcerated women, as well as her post-prison work with the Center for Restorative Justice.  Ms. Cumpian will be joined by her attorney, Heidi Rummel, the director of USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project.  Prof. Rummel worked in the US Attorney’s Office prior to joining USC.  She prosecuted federal criminal civil rights offenses, including human trafficking, police misconduct, child pornography, and hate crimes.  Please RSVP at by October 15 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: International Human Rights Lawyers, Martyn Day and Paul Hoffman, EDU 1111
Martyn Day is the senior partner at Leigh Day, a British firm that specializes in international, environmental and product liability claims.  Among other cases, Day negotiated a settlement for 1300 Kenyans injured or killed by British Army munitions, for Colombian farmers against British Petroleum and Iraqis alleging torture by British soldiers. He also is the author of a book on Toxic Torts. Mr. Day has worked on cases with veteran U.S. international human rights lawyer Paul Hoffman, who regularly teaches at UCI Law.  Hoffman is the former Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California and is now a partner at Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP.  He has argued international human rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and several Circuit Courts.  Hoffman and Day will compare what it is like to litigate international human rights cases in the U.S. and Britain. Please RSVP here by Wednesday, October 19th to reserve your seat and guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Wednesday, October 21, 11:45pm - 1:30pm

Rap Lyrics on Trial: A Conversation, LAW 3600
Professor Charis Kubrin is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the UCI School of Social Ecology. Professor Kubrin's scholarship, and the focus of her presentation, will center on the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials against young men of color.  

Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

OCAABA Career Panel, EDU 1131
The Orange County Asian American Bar Association joins with UCI Law's APALSA to host a Career Panel where private sector, in-house, public interest, and government attorneys will come to speak to students in a Q&A session. Dinner will be provided!


Monday, October 12

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

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

Tuesday, October 13

BLSA General Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 4750

Wednesday, October 14

Public Service Fellow Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3500

Friday, October 16

Environmental Law Society General Meeting, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, The Anteater Pub

Saturday, October 17

PILF Programming Poster Party, 9:00am - 5:00pm, LAW 3600  Help PILF prepare for the 5K by making posters!

Monday, October 19

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


Monday, October 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO: California Attorney General's Honors Program Review, LAW 3750
Join real-life attorney's from the California Attorney General's Office as they describe the Honors Program and application process.

The Attorney General’s Honors Program is a highly competitive, two-year program for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers who are committed to public service. The Attorney General’s Office employs attorneys who are recognized experts in a wide variety of legal subject areas including but not limited to consumer, antitrust, environment, business and tax, criminal and civil rights. Honors attorneys will have the opportunity to work with these experts, including working on matters of public interest and importance. Participants will assume substantial individual responsibility for their work, will have the opportunity to gain courtroom experience, and will independently draft motions and pleadings. Honors attorneys will also participate in periodic events to introduce them to the work of the Attorney General’s Office, and will have the opportunity to attend training sessions, community-outreach meetings and public-service events. Additionally, participants will receive on-the-job instruction and mentorship advice from some of the most senior members of the Attorney General’s Office. For the 2016-2018 program, participants will be based in San Francisco.

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

IRAP New Cases Mandatory Training, EDU 1131
Please join us for IRAP training and lunch with Lara Finkbeiner, the Deputy Legal Director from IRAP National. This training is required for those who plan on taking on IRAP pro bono cases in fall 2015 or spring 2016. Even if you are not interested in taking an IRAP case or just want a refresher, this is a good opportunity to become more familiar with refugee law and enjoy a free lunch!

Tuesday, October 13, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Immigration Outside the Law, Social Science Plaza B 2214
Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and is widely considered one of the nation’s leading scholars of immigrants’ rights and immigration policy. He is author of Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (Oxford 2006), which won the 2006 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers as the best book in Law and Legal Studies. His talk will focus on his most recent book, Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014), which won the 2015 PROSE Award. This groundbreaking book covers a broad range of topics, from birthright citizenship to the DREAM Act and DACA, from Arizona’s SB 1070 to sanctuary cities and in-state tuition for undocumented studies, and from the history of labor migration to the role of international economic development in immigration policy. Book signing will take place at the event. Copies will also be available for purchase. 

Tuesday, October 13, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Mentor Reception, Newkirk Center (Mandatory for 1Ls!)
Dear Class of 2018:  It is time to meet your attorney mentor!  Please join us for our annual Mentor Reception, Tuesday, October 13, at the Newkirk Alumni Center 5:30-7:30 p.m. (See attached campus map, #450, on the corner of Mesa Dr. and Alumni Ct.)  The UCI Law Mentor Program matches each first-year student with an attorney mentor.  You will have the opportunity to meet informally with your mentor throughout the academic year. Students may shadow their mentor to gain an understanding of what practitioners do each day. Mentor activities can range from attending an argument in court to touring the mentor’s office. Mentors are encouraged to invite student mentees to bar association events so that students can practice networking skills and see firsthand the importance of civic engagement.

Wednesday, October 14, 3:45pm - 4:45pm

The Bluebook: 1L Intro - Intro to Citing Cases for the Open Memo, EDU 1121
Come get quick tips on case names, reporters, common abbreviations, and more!  Bring your questions.

Thursday, October 15, 8:00am - 4:30pm

CLEANR Conference, EDU 1131
Access to clean water is increasingly becoming one of the key challenges to humans and wildlife worldwide as population pressure, degrading water quality, declining snowpack, and industrial and agricultural discharges contribute to this growing crisis. This symposium will explore the potential role of desalination as a viable source of clean water in our region, as well as developments in desalination technology in other arid regions of the world. Speakers will also identify the challenges and benefits of this technology with the guidance of practitioners and policymakers at the forefront of desalination.

Friday, October 16, 8:45am – 4:45pm

Patent Sovereignty and International Law, EDU 1111
The international patent system walks a tightrope between harmonization and diversity. Harmonization efforts offer the benefit of uniformity, but because of diverse national interests, one size cannot fit all countries. What national flexibilities do current treaties such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) offer? Given the rise of regional trade agreements, and controversies over “fast track” negotiating authority, what flexibilities will be available in the future? This conference begins with the recent Declaration on Patent Protection and Regulatory Sovereignty Under TRIPs as a launching point to explore the proper balance between international patent harmonization and national sovereignty.  Register online now.

Friday, October 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

First Year Friday: CDO: 1L Cover Letter and Resume Workshop, EDU 1131 (Mandatory for 1Ls)
Learn the basics of the application materials most commonly requested by employers and how to stand out from the crowd. All 1L students are required to attend.

Friday, October 16, 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500
Prof. Shaun Ossei-Owusu (USC Criminology) will present “The Historical Development of Legal Aid, Public Defender Offices and the Right to Counsel.”
The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12:00–1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500-H). Lunch will be provided. All interested Law faculty members, faculty members from outside of the Law School, law students and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy for each workshop you plan to attend.

Friday - Sunday, October 23 - 25

UC Conference on Social Science and Law, Beckman Center
It is with pleasure that we invite you to the inaugural University of California Conference on Social Science and Law. The conference will be hosted at the Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine from October 23-25, 2015. Considering that the conference is just a few weeks away, please register here for the conference. Please also visit here for more information.

Tuesday, October 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Identity Theft: Deter, Detect, and Defend Workshop, LAW 3750
Offered by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County. This workshop teaches the Federal Trade Commission’s “Deter, Detect, and Defend” program. Students will also learn how to identity thieves operate and how to protect your good credit. For more information about UCI Law’s financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Market Snapshot: IP/Patent Law, LAW 3750
Are you interested in learning more about careers in intellectual property law? Are you a science or engineering major interested in patent law? Join the CDO and the Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Society as we host a panel of experienced intellectual property and patent law professionals, who will discuss their educational background, training and experience. Time will be reserved for a Q&A session at the conclusion of the panelists' remarks.

Thursday, October 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty/Adjunct Panel on Spring Course Offerings, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this spring.  Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics.  Q & A will follow the presentations.  Please RSVP here by noon on October 20 to reserve your seat.  Lunch will be provided. 

Friday, October 23, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Investing for Environmental Justice in Indian Country, LAW 3750
Investing for Environmental Justice in Indian Country: Exploring Social Justice Impact Investing in Tribal Projects
This workshop roundtable will connect Indigenous Nations, Native grassroots organizations, and members of the philanthropic and impact investment communities to guide investing for environmental justice and sustainable development throughout Indigenous territories in California. Convened by the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) and co-sponsored by the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative.
Details on event page >

Friday, October 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

First Year Fridays: ASP: Exam-Taking Strategies Part I, EDU 1111
Attention all 1Ls! Learn how to tackle different types of exams, create an attack plan, identify issue clusters, and gain points by making successful inferences in the application/analysis section of your essay exam answer. Lunch is provided!  Please contact Professor Mewers at with any questions.

Saturday, October 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm

CA Bar Exam and Moral Character Application Workshop (3Ls), EDU 1131
A high ranking official from the State Bar will discuss what to expect on the bar and on the Moral Character application. The presentation will end around 11:00 a.m.  We do not know at this time if the workshop can be taped so we urge you to be there in person.  Please RSVP here by October 22nd. 
After the workshop (from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) the State Bar official will meet one-on-one with students in anonymous, private sessions to answer individual questions about the Moral Character application or disability accommodations.  1L and 2Ls with MC questions are also welcome to attend this portion of the workshop.

Tuesday October 27, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday October 28, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Digital Fingerprints (3Ls), EDU 1016
One of the requirement for the California Moral Character application is submission of digital fingerprints. We have arranged to have a digital fingerprint company to come on campus at a much lower cost ($21) than local police departments charge. Payment can be made by check or cash, but not by credit card. 


October 12-13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

PILF 5K registration, Courtyard

October 14-15, 11:30am-1:30pm

Public Interest & Government Fair, Courtyard
This tabling event will be held on October 14 and 15 (Wednesday and Thursday) from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Law School Courtyard.  Students will have the opportunity to informally meet lawyers from public interest organizations and government offices.  All students are welcome to explore employers of interest to them, ask questions, and learn about opportunities and hiring timelines within the public sector.

October 12 and 26, November 13, 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Student Health Center is now offering the Flu Vaccine to all students, staff and faculty.  The cost of the flu vaccination is only $25. Students enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan pay nothing!  Open for walk-ins from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Degree Audits

Please take a minute to look at your DAR’s (Degree Audit) information prior to enrolling for spring courses.   The DAR system is available under Registrar on the Student Portal.  Once you enroll in spring classes, the system double counts your spring enrollment units until grades are posted in January.  This can lead to confusion.
***  3L’s -  It is especially important to check DAR to ensure you meet the needed degree requirements by the end of this school year.
If you think there is a discrepancy, please contact the Registrar.

Mix and Mingle

Sunday, October 18, 8:00am

PILF at UCI Law 5K, Anteater Plaza - Ring Road, UCI Campus
Join the School of Law students, staff, faculty, and family and friends of UCI Law for our third annual 5K race (formally known as the 5k Race Judicata)! This year’s race is generously sponsored by Greenberg Traurig.

This event will help raise funds for current UCI Law students who commit to summer positions at organizations focused on providing legal services for traditionally under-represented communities. Proceeds from this event will provide stipends to students who accept non-paying, full time public interest jobs in the summer.

Friday, October 23, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Jewish Law Association Fall Shabbatluck, Palo Verde Community Center Lounge, 7000 Palo Verde Road
The Jewish Law Association is hosting its Annual Fall Shabbatluck dinner! This year's event will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the PV Community Center Lounge, 7000 Palo Verde Road, from 6 pm - 9 pm. A Shabbatluck= Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath dinner involving good food and good times) + Potluck (everyone brings something for people to eat/drink). What to bring: Anything your heart desires that will feed 4-5 people. If you are a horrible cook, you are welcome to bring drinks and/or utensils. RSVP: Please let everyone know what you're bringing by signing up on the Google Spreadsheet. As always, ANYONE and EVERYONE is welcome to attend this event, regardless of religious affiliation (significant others, families, and non-UCI students are welcome). Hope to see you all there!  

Saturday, November 7, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Family & Friends Day, EDU 1111
UCI School of Law encourages family and friends of 1L law students to attend Family & Friends Day on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00am - 1:00pm in EDU 1111.  Invited guests will participate in a mock class, tour the Law School facilities, discover how family and friends can best provide support to the law student, and learn more about the philosophy and future of the school from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  The RSVP deadline is Monday, November 2.  Breakfast and lunch will be served.

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.

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability at any of the events listed in this newsletter, please contact Dean Liz Schroeder at or (949) 824-1384.