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UC Irvine School of Law • August, 28, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 12:00 pm

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.

Friday, September 9, 5:00 pm

2016 San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to law students who have met the criteria of community service, financial need, and academic achievement. Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Completed applications and materials must be submitted via e-mail as a single PDF to on or before September 9, at 5:00 p.m. Eligibility and application requirements are outlined here.

Friday, September 9

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference Stipend
The Pipeline Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association ("OCAABA") is awarding $200 stipends for law students at local Orange County law schools to attend the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") Convention in San Diego, California from November 3-6, 2016. The application deadline is September 9. More information about this opportunity and other events from OCAABA can be found 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 (livestream available in EDU 1131 for overflow)
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 1131
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.

Wednesday, September 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Kristen Nelson, EDU 1111
Colorado Public Defender Kristen Nelson, will speak about her role in representing James Holmes, who was convicted of murdering 12 people and injuring 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Ms. Nelson is a Deputy State Public Defender on the Complex Litigation Team for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver, which represents indigent clients at the trial level in complex first-degree murder cases, including those in which the State is considering or has declared it is seeking the death penalty. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Please RSVP here by September 4th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, September 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Implicit Bias Workshop with Professor Richardson, EDU 1111
Most Americans believe in racial and gender equality and reject discrimination in any form. Yet, unconscious mental processes which are shaped over time by history and culture can lead us to view the world through a biased lens and to behave contrary to our deeply held egalitarian values. Professor Richardson will discuss these unconscious mental processes and how they can influence decision-making and judgment. She will end with some recommendations for safeguarding against the influence of these unconscious biases. SBA is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Speaker Series. Please RSVP here by noon on September 5th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ending Animal Cruelty: An Evening with Advocates, EDU 1131
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at UCI Law, in collaboration with SALDF at Whittier Law School, will host a speaker event featuring: Bob Ferber, the first full-time animal cruelty prosecutor in the nation; Professor Thomas Kelch, animal law professor from Whittier Law School; Kelsey Eberly, ALDF staff attorney; and Ava Park, founder of OC People for Animals. This event is free and open to the public. Dinner from The Veggie Grill will be served. 

Friday, September 16, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

International Human Rights Clinic Symposium, Loyola Law School, Robinson Courtroom, Girardi Building, 1st Floor
The UC-Irvine International Human Rights Clinic is hosting an afternoon symposium on a dark stain on U.S. foreign policy -- medical experimentation on vulnerable populations in Guatemala (purposeful infection with syphilis and gonorrhea on indigent Guatemalans) and Guam (medical experimentation on island nationals with nuclear radiation). Experts will comment on these atrocities and how they are helping the victims and their heirs seek legal relief. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

First Year Fridays

Friday, September 2

Title IX Training (Mandatory)
UCI's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will provide Title IX training on sexual harassment/discrimination awareness and prevention.  This training is federally-mandated and is required for all 1L students.  Attendance will be taken.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 AM
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, September 9

ASP: Learning Like a Lawyer, Part II:  How to “Study” in Law School
Attention all 1Ls! Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the reading assignments for your various classes? Are you also wondering how you’re supposed to keep up with and keep straight all the new information you are learning in your various classes? And what’s this “outlining” thing you keep hearing about when it comes to “studying” in law school? Come to this FYF Workshop to learn how to become more efficient at reading cases and case-briefing, as well as to get an introductory lesson on that all-important law school study task called “outlining.” Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.
Mod C,
MPAA 430, 9:40 am - 10:10 am
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (snacks will be provided)


Monday, August 29

PILF 1L General Meeting, EDU 1131, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Tuesday, August 30

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

Wednesday, August 31

Public Interest Law Fund 2L Application Tabling, Courtyard, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 1

Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) 1st General Body Meeting, LAW 3600, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Public Interest Law Fund 2L Application Tabling, Courtyard, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 6

Women's Law Society (WLS) Kick-Off Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 8

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Club Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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

Moot Court Information Session, EDU 1111 (2Ls and 3Ls)
3Ls: Didn't get to do Moot Court last year? Didn't get as far as you wanted to because 2L was just too much? Want to do an external competition but haven't done an intra-school one yet? 2Ls: Were you eager to do Moot Court last year, but disappointed that only 2Ls and 3Ls could? You're a 2L now, so make it count! Don't miss this opportunity to hone and demonstrate to judges and distinguished appellate attorneys your oral argument skills and brief writing chops. Come meet the 2016-2017 Moot Court Executive Board and find out more about this year's competition over lunch. More information here. Please contact Jiaxiao Zhang or Shireen Ashtari with any questions.

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.

Friday, September 9, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Org Leader Training, EDU 1111
This is a MANDATORY training for all 3 "signers" for each student organization. If a signer is unable to attend, please contact Jennah Jones in advance. Other (non-signer) student leaders are welcome to attend. 


Monday, September 5

UCI Law will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.

CA Bar Exam Testing Accommodations

California Bar Exam testing accommodations are available to individuals with mental or physical disabilities as defined in the State Bar of California Admissions Rules. Applying for an accommodation takes considerable time and requires considerable documentation. 3Ls:  If you wish to apply for an accommodation, please do so as quickly as possible. 2Ls and 1Ls: You can apply early for an accommodation. Students who apply early but are denied an accommodation will have sufficient time to file an appeal and gather together additional documentation. Students who plan on filing for a California Bar Exam testing accommodation should read through the State Bar requirements carefully. If you are planning on taking the bar exam in another state, be sure to check its requirements for applying for a testing accommodation.

CDO: Summer Survey

Did you love your summer job? Are you willing to talk to fellow students about your experience? Complete an evaluation on Symplicity! Use the menu on the left-hand column, expand the “My Account” to add a new “Evaluation.”

CDO: LinkedIn Group

The CDO is now on LinkedIn! We have a new group on the law school LinkedIn page dedicated to sharing networking opportunities, bar association invitations, and legal market news. This group is ONLY for current students, and the best place to learn about the most recent happenings. Join here.

Admissions Ambassador Appreciation AND Call for More Volunteers

The Admissions Staff would like to show our appreciation to all of our wonderful current and former ambassadors who helped us during the past year to recruit our amazing Class of 2019!  Please visit our table during the Student Involvement Fair for a special treat and a big thank you for your enthusiastic commitment. 2Ls and 3Ls, please help us recruit another great class by signing up to guide a tour of prospective students this Fall.  Your involvement makes a huge impact! 1Ls we need you too!  Please drop by our table and join us in the rewarding work of an Admissions Ambassador by signing up to escort prospective students to class.  Classroom visits will take place on Mondays and Fridays, so if you remember meeting a friendly 1L last year during your visit, or if you can imagine how welcoming that can be, please sign up!

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.

Moral Character

This is a reminder that you must file a Moral Character application with the state bar in which you intend to practice. The Law School is required to complete a form as part of your Moral Character application. It is important that you report anything to the Student Services Office that you feel might be relevant to your moral character on an on-going basis. This information is confidential and will only be used to complete moral character requests from state bars. Students can submit the Moral Character application in the beginning of their 2L year if they are concerned about issues that might be given extra scrutiny. The Application for Determinations of Moral Character is good for 36 months after the determination has been made. For more information, please refer to an email sent by Dean Schroeder on Tuesday, August 23.

Third Year Intensive

3Ls who complete a “Third Year Intensive” will receive a notation on their transcript.  There are many ways to complete the TYI, such as completing an Advanced Clinic, externship, Note, or pro bono project for the required number of hours. This memo describes the TYI in detail.

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.

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.