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UC Irvine School of Law • April 3, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 8:00 am

Submit your votes for the 2016 SBA Awards here. Voting ends on Thursday, April 7, at 8:00 am. The award winners will be announced at the Pro Bono and Student Life Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm at the U-Club.

Important Registration Dates

Fall class registration is just around the corner!  Dean Schroeder will provide one-on-one academic advising; please make an appointment through Debbie Mondares. Please call Debbie (949-824-8395) or stop by her desk; do not email her. In addition to M – F, appointments are available on Saturday, April 9. The Fall 2016 Schedule of Classes is now available on the Law Course Catalog. The Fall 2016 Course Book List is now available under Academics on the Student Portal page. Please note these important dates:

  • April 6: Bidding for small classes ends
  • April 13: Students notified of winning bids
  • April 14: Rising 3Ls begin to enroll
  • April 15: Rising 2Ls begin to enroll
  • Friday, April 22: Bid enrollment authorization codes expire at 9:00am; General enrollment opens after 9:00am

Friday, April 8

Nomination Deadline for the Annual Anteater Awards
Nominations for the 36th Annual Anteater Awards are now open until Friday, April 8th. These awards are intended to recognize the achievements of all the registered campus organizations and their members and advisors. This year there will be 20 different categories that will be awarded. Nominations are open to any student or advisor. Distinguished UCI staff and faculty will vote for the winners! The 36th Annual Anteater Awards will be on Wednesday, May 18th from 6-9pm in the Crystal Cove Auditorium. In addition to the awards being handed out, the event will also include food, giveaways, performances from student groups and a DJ. Nomination form here:

April 15, 2016

Ms. JD Fellowship Program for 2L Students
Ms. JD partners with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to provide mentoring and professional development to our Fellowship class. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The fellowship is a fantastic way for students to build their network across the country within the legal field! The official fellowship announcement can be found here on Ms. JD's website.

April 16, 2016

Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Association of Los Angeles Scholarship
In 1975, a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys met to discuss the marked absence of an organization which addressed their needs in the legal field. The dialogue that ensued became the genesis of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”). BWL held its first scholarship event in 1975. Since then, BWL and its foundation, has awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships and grants to second and third year law students. Application form and additional information located here.

Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00pm

Make-Up Exam Rescheduling Deadline
If you need to reschedule an exam for reasons listed in the Academic Rules, you must contact Jennah Jones by Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00pm.  The tentative final exam schedule can be found here

May 1, 2016

M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship
The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County. Determinations regarding the amount and number of awards are at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee jointly appointed by OCLBA and OCEC and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Application form and additional information here.

May 30, 2016

American Association for Justice Writing Competition
There is a new law student writing competition offered by AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.  In addition to a good cash prize, it also offers a great opportunity for exposure in two national publications – ACS’s Advance and AAJ’s Trial Magazine – as well as recognition at the AAJ Summer Convention (which is nearby in LA this year). Competition details here.

May 31, 2016, 12:00 pm

Vietnamese American Oral History Project
You or someone you know is an important part of history! If you are a UCI student, staff, or faculty member, please share with us an item from your or someone else’s family history in relation to the Vietnamese American experience. Record a brief video (1-2 minutes) featuring the item, such as a photograph, document, artwork, article of clothing, object, etc., that is of significance to the person being recorded. You can record on your cell phone and use your laptop or desktop monitor to make your video. More information here. Sponsored by Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UCI and funded by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative.


Monday, April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Burt Neuborne, EDU 1111
Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. Professor Neuborne will be teaching Evidence at UCI Law in spring 2017. More information here.

Tuesday, April 5, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law by Sherrilyn Ifill, MPAA 430
Sherrilyn Ifill is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Ms. Ifill first served with LDF as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union after graduating from New York University School of Law, and then as assistant counsel in the New York Office where she litigated voting right cases. More about Sherrilyn Ifill here. RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Jean Su, Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation Group with the Center for Biological Diversity, EDU 1111
Jean Su is a Staff Attorney in the Strategic Litigation Group with the Center for Biological Diversity. Before joining the Center, she worked as a project finance associate focusing on renewable energy with Milbank, Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP in Singapore and Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Jean worked in the climate change and development fields with McKinsey & Company, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and CARE International in Madagascar. Jean holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University; a master’s of science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a J.D. from the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. She is our first alumna featured through the Speaker Series! The Environmental Law Society is co-sponsoring this event. Please RSVP here by April 3rd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Why Reproductive Health Care Access Matters, LAW 3500
Presented by: Krista Hollinger, Chief Administrative Officer, UCI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The colloquium series is part of the public outreach of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Lunch is provided. RSVP here.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

ELS In House Counsel Panel, EDU 1131
The Entertainment & Sports Law Society will be hosting an in-house counsel panel to teach students about various opportunities to work in-house for corporations in different industries.

Monday, April 11, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Tax Policy Colloquium: "Alpha: Labor is the New Capital," EDU 1131
Professor Victor Fleischer of the University of San Diego, School of Law will present "Alpha: Labor is the New Capital." More about Professor Fleischer here. RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Erica Kelton & Claire Sylva - Whistleblower Litigation, EDU 1111
Phillips & Cohen attorneys Erika Kelton and Claire Sylvia of the San Francisco are two of the nation's leading lawyers specializing in representing whistle-blowers.  Phillips & Cohen is one of the few law firms devoted exclusively to representing whistleblowers in cases brought under federal and state whistleblower reward programs. It is the only law firm that has won for its clients' whistleblower rewards under three separate government programs: the False Claims Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower program and the Internal Revenue Service whistleblower program. Please RSVP here by April 10th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head: Inside the World of an Abuse Survivor, UCI Student Center - Pacific Ballroom A/B
On April 14, the Initiative to End Family Violence will host Leslie Morgan Steiner, the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love. Register here.

  • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. -- Book Signing 
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. -- Lecture
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. -- Catered Reception and Book Signing Continues 

Monday, April 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (This event was originally scheduled on April 14)

Guest Speaker Series: CA Court of Appeal Moot, EDU 1111
People of the State of California vs. The Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Orange, Rito Tejeda, Real Party in Interest 
***NOTE*** Because of the highly confidential nature of a moot, this event is not open to the public.  UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to attend the argument. The case involves an issue of first impression stemming out of the controversy over the Orange County District Attorney’s office use of jailhouse informants.  Dean Erwin Chemerinsky represents the judges on the Orange County Superior Court and will argue the case before the CA Court of Appeal in Santa Ana on April 26. Please RSVP here by April 14th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.


Monday, April 4

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

Monday, April 4 - Friday April 8

Friday, April 8

UC Irvine Law Review Information Session, 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm, EDU 1111

Monday, April 11

Student Coffee with the Dean, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3500

Monday, April 11

SBA Weekly Meeting, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

Friday, April 15

New Community Fellows Training, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, LAW 3750


Friday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 5, Various Times

The Reproductive Justice Film Festival, Various Locations
The film festival brings together Sundance and Emmy award winning and Oscar-nominated directors and producers to showcase and premier films that directly address women's lives. You will have the unique opportunity to meet and discuss these incredible works with the filmmakers. RSVP and screening locations listed here.

Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

CDO: Succeeding During Your Summer at a Law Firm, MPAA 408
This panel discussion will cover the skills and strategies necessary to succeed as a summer associate at a law firm. The panelists will be 3Ls who worked as summer associates at law firms last summer. The program will include a discussion of important topics such as navigating a firm hierarchy and culture, how to manage work assignments, how to succeed at firm social events, and information about work productivity and the billable hour. Time will be reserved for questions. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

International Drug Control Policies, MPAA 430
In April, international leaders and NGO representatives will gather at the United Nations for a global drug policy summit to discuss ideas for reform and implementation strategies (UNGASS). SSDP will be participating in this historic event. This event will provide a background on international drug control policies, educate about the ongoing debate in this arena and the upcoming UNGASS summit, and give a concrete example of international law in action. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Co-hosted by Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the International Law Society.

FYF - Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

CDO: Fall 2016 On-Campus Interviews Strategy Session, EDU 1111
The CDO strongly encourages students who plan to participate in Early Interview Week (EIW), featuring law firms, and/or the Fall Interview Program (FIP), featuring government and public interest employers, to attend this important presentation. In addition to providing essential information concerning On-Campus Interview logistics and timelines, we will discuss preparation for screening and callback interviews and strategies to prepare for the process. The significant majority of EIW employers are large law firms that seek to hire students as summer associates during their 2L summer, with the potential for permanent offers to be extended for post­-graduate employment. The significant majority of FIP employers are government agencies and public interest organizations that seek to hire students for their 2L summer where they will cultivate substantive expertise and relationships that may prove beneficial for securing post-graduate employment. Please RSVP on Symplicity. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm -1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, Law 3500H
Song Richardson (Law) will present "Police Unions." The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12-1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500H). 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, April 11, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Loyola Chicago PLIP Brown Bag Roundtable, MPAA 408
The Loyola Chicago Patent Law Interview Program will be held on August 4-5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. For students planning to attend, the bidding period opens today! Please join us for a roundtable discussion with 2Ls who attended the Loyola Chicago PLIP last year. Topics to be covered include researching law firms/prospective employers, bidding strategy, the relationship between Loyola Chicago PLIP and EIW, and interviewing and callback experiences of the panelists in Chicago last year. Those planning to attend Loyola Chicago PLIP are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Monday, April 11, 7:00 pm -9:30 pm

Deep Web Movie Party, EDU 1131
SSDP and the IP/CyberLaw Society invite you for food, film, and discussion on cutting edge legal topics in drug policy and technology. Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century -- the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. Deep Web explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance. Watch the trailer here.

FYF - Tuesday, April 12, 10:00 am -1:00 pm, Mandatory for New Summer 2016 Externs

Summer Externship Orientation, EDU 1131
All students externing for the first time this summer must attend this orientation. (Only those planning to extern in Summer 2016 should attend, not those with Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 externship placement plans.) Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to, Michael Hawk, at by Friday, April 8. As soon as possible, complete the Registration form on the externship online system. If you have any questions that are not answered here or on the externships website, please email Assistant Dean Carrie Hempel or Michael Hawk.

Thursday, April 14, 4:30pm - 6:30pm,

Sheppard Mullin Diversity Rock Your Interviews Reception, Orange County Office
Sheppard Mullin invites first-year students to join a roundtable discussion with the firm's diverse attorneys and to a mixer/reception with all attorneys. Partners and Associates from the Sheppard Mullin offices will facilitate the discussion. Attire is business casual. RSVP to Patty McGraw. For more information, see the event flyer.

Friday, April 15, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Wokshop, LAW 3500H
Stephen Lee, Sameer Ashar, Jennifer Chacón (Law) and Susan Bibler Coutin (Law & CLS/Anthro) will present "Navigating Liminal Legalities along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigrant Vulnerability and the Role of Mediating Institutions." The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar. 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 (

FYF - Friday, April 15, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

ASP: How to Attack a Policy Question, EDU 1111
Confused about how to discuss policy in an exam answer?  This workshop provides tips and suggestions on what to do if you receive a policy question on your final exam.  Lunch is provided!  Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.


Student Lounge Survey for New Building

Please take a moment to complete the following short survey regarding student preferences for the lounge in the new law building. The programming architects are refining the size/specs of the student lounge and very much need your input!

3Ls -  Diploma Reminders

Please check the spelling of you name on your campus account.  Your diploma will be printed EXACTLY the way the name appears in StudentAccess and your ID card.  If you want to change your name, you need to submit an official name change request, with the correct documentation PRIOR to the last day of the spring term, May 6th.  If you bring your completed request, with copies of the required documents, to Cynthia at the front desk. The Law School Registrar's Office will take them to main campus for you.

Recent Grad Resources

Check here for information on resources available to you post graduation.

Mix and Mingle

Monday, April 4, 5:00pm - 8:00 pm

Alumni and Student Mixer, Eureka!
Networking and social event for current students and UCI Law alumni.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

3L Class Gift Tabling
Representatives from the 3L class will be in the courtyard from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 7, tabling for the 3L class gift and handing out pledge prizes to those who have already pledged! Stop by and ask any questions you have about the pledge process....OR stop by to pledge!!

Thursday, April 7, 5:30pm - 8:00 pm

Rutan & Tucker Meet and Greet, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations in Newport Beach
1Ls who would like to know more about the firm are invited to this event. The invitation is limited to the first 30 responses. RSVP to Jodi Brooks. Wear business attire. For more information, see the event flyer.

Wednesday, April 13, 5:30pm

Pro Bono & Student Life Awards, University Club
Please join The Pro Bono Office and Student Services, as we recognize students for their pro bono work, leadership on campus, and commitment to our community!  Doors will open at 5:30pm, and our program will begin promptly at 6:00pm with opening remarks from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  Heavy appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Dress is business casual.

Thursday, April 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

3L Send-Off, Courtyard
Come to the courtyard to wish the 3L class well on their next steps and enjoy some pizza, soft drinks, and cake.

Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kading Briggs 2L Reception, Daily Grill in Irvine
Kading Briggs will host a program and reception for 1Ls and 2Ls who will be working in law firms this summer. All the attorneys at this firm worked for large law firms prior to joining Kading Briggs and received offers as summer associates from firms including O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Attire for the event is business professional. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Melissa Weisbender by Monday, April 11. For more information, see the event flyer.

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JLA Passover Potluck 2016
JLA will host a Passover Potluck in the Palo Verde Lounge and Conference Room on April 14 at 7:00 PM. Since Passover this year starts on April 22, this will be a model seder, please be sure to still bring food that is kosher for Passover. If you have any questions as to whether a dish is/isn't please ask! Please indicate what you are bringing to the potluck on this spreadsheet.

Wednesday, April 20, 2:45 – 3:45pm

Third Annual End of Year Carnival, Courtyard
1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are all invited to join the Community Fellows in a celebration on the last day of classes.  There will be a bounce house, sumo suits, and a photo booth for entertainment and plenty of pizza, cake, cotton candy, and popcorn, so come hungry!

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.