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UC Irvine School of Law • October 18, 2015

October 26

Spring Course Catalogue released.

Dean Schroeder offers half-hour one-on-one academic advising sessions beginning on October 26 through the end of the enrollment period on November 24.  This is a great opportunity to make sure you’re on track to meet all your graduation requirements, as well as figure out a schedule that best fits your academic and career goals.  To make an appointment call Debbie Mondares (949-824-8395) or stop by her desk (no emails, please).


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.

Monday, October 19   4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

DHS Careers in Cybersecurity, UCI Innovation Institute (5141 California Ave., Suite 200)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting a panel discussion on DHS Careers in Cybersecurity.  The panel of experts includes the executive director of CyberSkills Management Support Initiative, the associate general counsel of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, a US Secret Service agent, a special agent with ICE, the chief of marine inspection for the US Coast Guard, and a section chief from the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Awareness.  Please RSVP to Marina Harrison.

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, 11:30pm - 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. Please bring your lunch.

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!

Tuesday, October 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Speaker Panel, EDU 1131
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime created by criminal control of illegal drug sales. SSDP, CLS and BLSA are excited to host a panel of speakers addressing these critical issues of our time! Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, October 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker Series: Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California Water Resources Control Board, EDU 1111
Felicia Marcus is Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, which implements both federal and state laws regarding drinking water and water quality.  Before she was appointed to the board by Governor Brown, she served as Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental action group of lawyers, scientists and other professionals dedicated to preserving the Earth’s natural systems.  Prior to that, Ms. Marcus was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Trust for Public Land, Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Region IX, and Commissioner and then President of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.  Ms. Marcus is currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (U.S., Mexico, Canada). Ms. Marcus studied East Asian Studies at Harvard College and earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She clerked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after law school. Please RSVP here by Monday, October 26th to reserve your seat and guarantee a lunch.

Friday, October 30, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg Lecture & Book Signing, EDU 1131
Leigh Steinberg, premiere sports agent and inspiration for the movie Jerry Maquire, will be coming to UCI Law for a lecture and book signing event on October 30, 2015. Mr. Steinberg has had an illustrious and unparalleled 40-year career as a sports agent, representing some of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, and golf. He has represented the number one overall pick in the NFL draft an unprecedented eight times and had over 60 first round picks. With an unrivaled history of record-setting contracts, Leigh has secured over $3 billion for his 300+ pro athlete clients.  Mr. Steinberg will speaking about his decorated career as an agent, as well as promoting his forthcoming book, "The Agent: My 40-Year Career of Making Deals and Changing the Game." The book details his decades of dominance in the sports industry and sheds light on overcoming his personal struggles to launch his comeback. Leigh has been rated the #6 Most Powerful Person in the NFL according to Football Digest and the #16 Most Powerful Person in Sports according to Sporting News.


Monday, October 19

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

Monday, October 26

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

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

Tuesday, October 27

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

Thursday, October 29

ACS Student Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, LAW 3600


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 identity thieves operate and how to protect thier 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
Interested in learning about post-graduate careers in IP Law? Are you a science or engineering major interested in patent law? Join the Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Society ("IPCS") and the CDO, as we host a panel of experienced intellectual property and patent law professionals, who will discuss their educational background, training and experience. Confirmed panelists include John Holcomb, partner with the law firm of Knobbe Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, Sharmini Green, Assistant Director of Patents, Intel Patent Group, and Mei Tsang, managing partner with Fish and Tsang LLP. Time will be reserved for a Q&A session at the conclusion of the panelists' remarks. Students interested in attending should RSVP via Symplicity.

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Perspectives: A Reading Group, LAW 3500
Perspectives is a student discussion group, facilitated by UCI Law faculty. Each month, we meet for an informal and lively discussion of a chosen text. Texts focus on issues relevant to race and equality--everything from Critical Race Theory to Queer theory to the Labor and Environmental Justice Movements. Although reading the text ahead of time is always best, all are welcome whether or not you had time to read.
To RSVP and/or request reasonable accommodations for disability, please email Olivia Weber at Each book is on reserve at the Law Library.  Reading for the week: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Facilitated by: Professor Kaaryn Gustafson.  Dinner provided.

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 - 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. Please register here for the conference. Please also visit here for more information.

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

Investing for Environmental Justice in Indian Country: Exploring Social Justice Impact Investing in Tribal Projects, LAW 3750
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. 

Wednesday, October 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

JLA Lunch-n-Learn, LAW 3600
Come enjoy a delicious kosher lunch while comparing and discussing the intersections of Jewish and American legal systems! A local rabbi will provide the texts and facilitate the conversation. 

Thursday, October 29, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

The Truth About Lies: Understanding the Polygraph with Dr. Hugh Gusterson, Social Ecology I, Room 112
Presented by Newkirk Center for Science and Society Forensic Science Education Series, the Center for Global Peace and Conflict STudies, and the Department of Anthropology. For more information, please visit:

Friday, October 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

First Year Friday: CDO: 1L Interviewing and Networking Skills Workshop, EDU 1111
This interactive program is designed to educate students about strategic networking and the establishment of professional networks. The presentation will provide an overview of bar and professional organizations that students should consider for productive networking activity. The importance of informational interviews will also be discussed. Time will be allotted at the conclusion of the presentation for a Q&A session.


October 26 and 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

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

Tabling for the 3L Class Gift, Courtyard
3L class representatives will be tabling in the courtyard during lunch on Wednesday, October 21. Stop by to chat with us about the class gift or fill out a pledge form (remember, pledging now means you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the year!!!)  

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, October 24, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Class of 2016 3L Fall Event, Eureka Patio
Kickoff for Class of 2016 class gift plus a fun event for 3Ls to reconnect during their last year at UCI Law. We will provide appetizers and information about ways to get involved with the class gift and class fund.

Tuesday, October 27, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

In Vine Veritas Fall Reception, Courtyard
IVV will be hosting our biannual reception in the courtyard event open to all law students. It is a networking event co-sponsored by Professor Barnes and attorney Marc Hankin.

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.