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UC Irvine School of Law • August, 21, 2016

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair Travel Stipend

Email Tiffany Tsao by noon on Thursday, September 1, to apply for a travel stipend to the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. Held on October 28 and 29, the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair will bring together more than 160 public interest employers from around the country for interviews, workshops, and networking.  Information on the conference can be found here.

To apply for a travel stipend, your email should include: 1) A short statement of interest explaining your commitment to the public interest (250 words or less); 2) Your goal for the trip; 3) A list of employers/networking targets and your plan to meet them. Travel stipend recipients will be notified by September 6.

Friday, September 2, 12:00 pm

Deadline for 2L-3L Add/Drop Grading Option Changes with NO FEE.
Add/Drop grading option changes are to be completed through LawReg.

Monday, September 5

UCI Law will be closed for Labor Day Holiday.


Wednesday, August 24, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Stefanie Wilson, EDU 1111
Stefanie Wilson assists the Animal Legal Defense Fund with its cases and projects as a litigation fellow. Before joining ALDF, Stefanie clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine School of Law School (’14). While in law school, Stefanie participated in the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition and was the founder and president of its Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter. Stefanie earned her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and her B.A. in biological anthropology from Harvard University. Stefanie focuses on areas where the interests of animal protection intersect with other social justice issues. She will discuss how animal advocates (and aspiring animal advocates) can form common cause with people who are passionate about the environment, workers' rights/human rights, and freedom of speech and the media. Please RSVP here by August 21 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative: Bryan Stevenson, TVT Community Day School - Lower School Multi-purpose Room, 5 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603
Tarbut V'Torah (TVT) is pleased to present the TVT Speaker Series featuring Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, Equal Justice Initiative has won major legal challenges eliminating unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse and aiding children prosecuted as adults. This event is free to students. For more information, please inquire here. RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 31, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.
Guest Speaker Series: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will participate in a moot argument on August 31 in advance of his September 7 en banc Ninth Circuit oral argument in Bringas-Rodriguez v. Lynch. The issue in the case is what a victim of childhood sexual abuse must demonstrate to be granted asylum, and more generally what an individual must prove in terms of past persecution to be granted asylum. Two UCI Law students in the Appellate Litigation Clinic argued the case before the Ninth Circuit last year. The petitioner, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez, is a citizen of Mexico and a gay man who was sexually abused by his father, an uncle, cousins and a neighbor before he was 8-years-old, according to both the majority and dissenting opinions. In a 2-1 decision, Judge Jay Bybee held that the petitioner failed to establish that the Mexican government was unwilling or unable to protect him and denied his request for asylum. Judge Willie Fletcher wrote a strong dissent. Please RSVP here by August 28th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Thursday, September 1, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Gerald Chaleff, EDU 1111
Gerald Chaleff served as special assistant for constitutional policing and bureau chief to the LAPD Chief of Police from 2003 until his retirement in 2014. He oversaw the Department's implementation of the Consent Decree with the US Department of Justice.  Previously, Mr. Chaleff served on the LA Board of Police Commissioners, and was elected president of the Board from 1999 to 2001. He is a former president of the LA County Bar Association and served as deputy general counsel to the Webster Commission, which examined the Department's response to the 1992 civil unrest.  Chaleff is a nationally-recognized expert in criminal defense in both state and federal courts, and has been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Chancery Club. He is a former partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where he chaired the white-collar criminal defense practice group.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Chaleff received his B.S. degree from UCLA. Please RSVP here by August 28th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

First Year Fridays

Friday, August 26

ASP Workshop:  Learning Like a Lawyer, Part I:  Intro to Law School Instruction
Attention all 1Ls!  Now that you’ve got one whole week of law school under your belt, are you wondering why you are reading so many judicial opinions, what you are supposed to be getting out of class discussions, and how all this relates to what you’ll be tested on at the end of the semester?  Come learn how to get the most out of law school instruction by “learning like a lawyer.”  Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 AM
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, August 26

Professionalism Workshop (Mandatory)
A faculty panel will discuss professionalism in the classroom and on campus, and how that relates to professionalism in the workplace. This workshop is mandatory for 1Ls.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mods A and B,
 EDU 1111, 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm, Lunch will be served


Monday, August 29, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

PILF 1L General Meeting, EDU 1131

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

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 3500


Friday, August 26, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm 

The Imperial Serologist and Punitive Self-Harm: Bloodstains and Legal Pluralism in British India, LAW 3500
The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch. This session will feature Mitra Shirafi from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy at The workshop is presented under the aegis of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and UC Irvine School of Law.

Monday, August 29, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moot Court Information Session, EDU 1111 (2Ls and 3Ls)
Excited about the opportunity to represent your school to state and federal judges and distinguished appellate attorneys with your oral argument skill and brief writing chops? Or, at least to polish those skills a wee bit? Do not miss this information session for the UCI Law Moot Court Competition.

Wednesday, August 31, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

How to Identify, Organize, and Write Legal Rules, MPAA 430 (1Ls)
Attention 1Ls!  You now know how important it is to identify legal rules. But what exactly is a legal rule?  Where and how do you find rules? And how do rules work exactly? This workshop is designed to teach you the basics of how to identify, organize, and write legal rules. Space is limited, so please sign up on ASP’s TWEN page under “Sign-Up Sheets.” Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.


Locker Request

If you would like to request a locker, please click here to access our online system. Please note that you must have your locker combination before you will be issued a locker.

Mix and Mingle

Tuesday, August 30, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Student Involvement Fair, Courtyard
Come learn more about UCI Law Student Organizations and other opportunities for involvement in the Law School Courtyard. A list of the student organizations for this academic year can be found here.

Friday, September 2, 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm

BLSA's Black Friday, EDU 1131
Informal get together of UCI's Black Law Student's Association and its supporters on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Food and drinks will be served. This event has a particular focus to help new and incoming students with the mentoring and support needed to thrive in the first year of law school.

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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.