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UC Irvine School of Law • October 4, 2015
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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. 

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 5

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

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!


Thursday, October 8, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Stand Up to Stigma, Student Center - Student Services 1010
In support of Mental Illness Awareness Week, UCI's Office of Civic and Community Engagement will be hosting a workshop called "Stand Up to Stigma!" UCI students will speak about: living with a mental illness, the impact of stigma, and the resources available to help. Snacks and refereshments will be served.

Friday, October 9, 8:00am - 2:00pm

Street Law Pro Bono event, EDU 1111, EDU 1131
Street Law will end its 2015 program with a Culmination Lesson on Friday, October 9th.  Santa Ana high school students will come to UCI for a "Know Your Rights" lesson, a tour of the law school, lunchtime diversity panel, and will learn about UCI Law's Pre-Law Outreach Program (POP). 

Friday, October 9,12:00pm – 1:15pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500
Prof. Stefanie Mueller (English Department) will present “Corporate Fictions in Law & Literature.” 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.

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. 

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.


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.

Service Project Volunteers Needed

The Office of Civic and Community Engagement is looking for service project volunteers.  Come help and support at the National Alliance for Mental Illness's 5K Walk in William R. Mason Park on Saturday, October 10. TRANSPORTATION to park will be provided! Meet at the UCI Flagpoles @ 8am for departure.We will return to UCI @ 3p.m.  Volunteers get a FREE SHIRT while supplies last. Location of Walk: 18712 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612  *SIGN UP HERE.

Mix and Mingle

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

Mentor Reception, Newkirk Center (Mandatory for 1Ls!)
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. 

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.