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UC Irvine School of Law • February 14, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 5:00 pm

California Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application Deadline
Any diverse 3L who plans to practice public interest law in California, and who plans to take the July 2016 California Bar Exam, is eligible to apply. Winners will receive a free Barbri bar prep course along with a living stipend. The application can be found here.

Friday, February 19

Class of 2016 - SBA is requesting nominations for a speaker to address the class of 2016 at your commencement ceremony. Please submit the names of up to four students on this Google doc by Friday, February 19th. Your class will be voting on the finalists over the next few weeks, so keep a lookout for any commencement related e-mails.

Friday, February 19, 12:00 pm

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to add/drop/change the grading option (letter grade or S/U) WITH FEE is noon on Friday, February 19th. Be sure to use the online Academic Petitions Application portal to submit change requests. For adds and drops, the request must be approved by both the faculty member and Dean Schroeder. For changes in the grading option, the request is approved by Dean Schroeder. It does not require a faculty signature. Once approval for your request has been granted, we will contact you with further instructions to complete the enrollment change. You will be charged a $3 late fee on your Zot Bill for each change you make. The fee(s) will appear on your Zot Bill at the end of the billing cycle. 

Wednesday, March 2

Priority filing date for FAFSA. Additional scholarship information here.

SAVE THE DATE - March 7, 2016

Grad Fair, Courtyard
Join your classmates at the 3L Grad Fair!  Announcements, diploma frames, and Law regalia will be on display and can be ordered.  The campus Alumni Association staff will be available to take your measurements to ensure you order the correct regalia size.  All grads must wear regalia to participate in the Commencement ceremony (the only exception is active duty military personnel, who may wear their dress uniforms).  Stop by the Financial Aid table to schedule exit interviews (mandatory for students with loans). Academic Skills staff will answer questions about the free supplemental bar prep program it offers during the summer.

Monday, March 7

Are you planning on sitting for a Bar exam this July? If so, the Registrar needs to know which exam(s) to be sure we get your records to the correct state(s). Please email The Law Registrar by March 7. 

April 1, 2016

2016 ABA Writing Competition
Discuss any aspect of dispute resolution or dispute prevention practice, theory or research related to environmental, energy, or natural resource conflicts, or critique or analyze the dispute resolution process used in a particular case. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases.The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the second place winner will receive $750, and the third place winner will receive $500. More information here.


Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Forum on OCDA's Use of Jailhouse Informants, EDU 1111
Ebrahim Baytieh (Assistant DA, Supervising Head of Court--Special Prosecutions Unit) and Scott Sanders (Assistant Public Defender, Felony Panel) will debate the controversy over OC prosecutors’ use of jailhouse informants, and allegations of their failure to turn over evidence that is favorable to defendants and lying repeatedly in court about what they did. Please RSVP here by February 14th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Monday, February 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series - The 2016 Elections and the Future of the Supreme Court, EDU 1111
Prof. Rick Hasen and Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a conservative DC think tank, will discuss the 2016 elections and their impact on the Supreme Court. Please RSVP here by February 19th to reserve your seat.  Lunch will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society.

Monday, February 22, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Quasi-Public Spending on Quasi-Public Goods, EDU 1131
Presented by Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, Jake Brooks. Professor Brooks teaches and writes on tax law and policy. His current research focuses on issues of risk sharing and insurance across a range of public finance and tax policy issues. He also works on the law and economics of higher education. More about Prof. Brooks. Brought to you by the Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium.

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Careers in International Law Speaker Panel, EDU 1131
The International Law Society and the Center on Globalization, Law and Society will be hosting a panel and discussion on International Law careers featuring UCI Law faculty as well as law students who have had the opportunity to extern with international organizations. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm

The Ethics and Limits of the First Amendment as They Relate to Religion and Religious Tolerance, The Jewish Community Center of the South Bay
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will be participating in a symposium on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause along with Judge Alex Kozinski, Professor Eugene Volokh (UCLA), and Professor Michael Helfand (Pepperdine Law).  The panel will be moderated by Judge Stuart Rice (L.A. Superior Court, Torrance). Several tables have been set aside for students and recent law grads.  Dinner is included for the special Student/Young Lawyer price of $60.  Additional information about the event may be found at

Thursday, February 25, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Medical Experimentation: Lessons Learned from Nuremburg to Tuskegee, Law 3500 
Michele Goodwin: Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. This interdisciplinary colloquium series examines the complex and sometimes controversial issues that arise in health, bioethics, and biotechnology. These issues range from financing healthcare, bringing pharmaceuticals and other products to the marketplace, regulating the selling of medicines, to medical experimentation, mental health, debating access to reproductive medicines, including contraception and assisted reproduction. What roles do law, ethics, markets, and financial resources play in questions of access? Is access to medicine even the right framework to address these concerns?  To what extent do markets control individual access or other factors such as geography, the political process, social norms in different regions of the country, sex, race, religion, or simply broken medical systems? This colloquium series tackles these questions and more. The Matters of Health, Law, and Science Colloquium Series is part of the public outreach of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP in advance as space is limited.

Thursday, February 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee, EDU 1131
U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee is the daughter of immigrants from rural China.  She is the first Chinese-American woman to serve as an Article III federal court judge.  A graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law, after law school Judge Gee clerked for Judge Milton Schwartz and later joined an LA firm that specializes in labor law, workplace harassment, and employment discrimination.  She was first nominated to the bench by President Clinton in 1999, but the Republican-controlled Senate let her nomination languish.  President Obama re-nominated her ten years later; Judge Gee was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent. In a recent notable opinion, Judge Gee ruled that federal detention centers holding children and their mothers caught crossing the border illegally failed to meet the minimum legal requirements for facilities housing children.  APALSA is co-sponsoring this event.  Please RSVP here by February 22nd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, February 25, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Spatial Mobility in the Chinese Bureaucracy, LAW 4700
Xueguang Zhou is a professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at Stanford University, where he is also the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Economic Development and a Senior Fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  He will report preliminary findings of spatial mobility among chief officials in Jiangsu Province of China, between 1990 and 2008. RSVP by email here. More information about Professor Zhou here.


Tuesday, February 16

National Lawyers Guild: ACLU Meeting, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, MPAA 301

Wednesday, February 17

LRSJ Meeting with Headquarters and RJ 101, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, EDU 1131

Thursday, February 18

2L Townhall Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 4750

Wednesday, February 24

Student Coffee with the Dean, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, LAW 4700


Thursday, February 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CDO: Patent Bar Examination Information Session, MPAA 408
If you are a student with an undergraduate degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer science, or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, and some related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, Director of PLI's Law School Relations and of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include the latest information on the Patent Office Exam, who can sit for the Exam, how the Exam works now that it is administered electronically and “on demand,” when you should take the Exam, how the America Invents Act has impacted the Exam, and recommendations on when and how to study for the Exam. Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs will also be discussed. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives, LAW 3500
Please join CLEaR for a discussion on Social Movements with Hamid Khan of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Professor Song Richardson will lead the discussion, and dinner will be served. RSVP to by Tuesday, February 16th. 

Friday, February 19, 9:30 am - 10:30 am or 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Information Meeting for Southwestern Summer Program in Argentina, LAW 4700
Presented by, Prof. Silvia Faerman (Program Director) and UCI Law Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow. Please RSVP here no later than noon on Wednesday, February 17. For more information about the program, click here.   Student may transfer up to 6 units of credit earned from another ABA-accredited school’s summer program.  The units will be applied to the 86 required for graduation from UCI Law; grades from other schools are not factored into UCI Law’s GPA.

Friday, February 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

FYF - Strategic Career Planning for Post-Graduate Success, EDU 1111
This interactive program is designed to introduce 1Ls to the essential components of a comprehensive and strategic career action plan. The workshop will focus on activities and developing skills that enhance students’ short term and long term employment outcomes and professional success in the private and public sectors. Topics to be discussed include how to formulate a career plan, identify practice areas of interest, research employers, develop relevant substantive expertise, and engage in strategic and productive professional networking. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, share ideas and participate in a group conversation regarding these important topics!

Friday, February 19, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500H
Christina Chong (Law) will present Who Should We Blame? An evaluation of casting discrimination under Title VII after Claybrooks v. ABC, Inc. and screenwriting practices as the real cause of a non-diverse Hollywood cast. 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 (

Saturday, February 20, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

2016 Southern California LGBT Health Conference, UCI
Conference theme: Intersections in Queer Health Never a Single Story. Conference topics include: LGBTQ Health Disparities; How to Create a LGBTQ-Inclusive Clinical Environment; Transgender Patient Care; LGBTQ Homelessness and Youth; LGBTQ Social Stresses and Mental Health; Spiritual Health; Body Image. RSVP here. Cost to attend is $5.

Sunday, February 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3L Early Bar Prep: Overview of the Bar Exam and Essay Strategies, EDU 1111

Graduation is around the corner!  As you wrap up your last semester of law school, we hope you will take advantage of these valuable bar preparation resources offered to all graduating students:

Early Bar Prep (EBP)
Graduation is around the corner!  As you wrap up your last semester of law school, we hope you will take advantage of these valuable bar preparation resources offered to all graduating students: Regardless of which state you plan to sit for the bar exam, the Early Bar Prep program will help familiarize you with each part of the bar exam (essay, multiple choice, and performance test).  You received an email a few weeks ago about this program and there are still spots available through the ASP TWEN page. Please RSVP TODAY! Each session will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in EDU 1111.
February 21 – Overview of the Bar Exam and Essay Strategies I
March 13 – Essay Strategies II
March 20 – Performance Test Strategies
April 3 – Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) Strategies

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

UCDC Externship Information Session, MPAA 430
UCDC Director Nicole Lehtman will visit UCI Law to give a presentation on the externship program and to meet individually with interested students. To schedule an appointment with Nicole Lethman on February 23rd, please contact

Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Organizing Financial Paperwork, LAW 3750
Offered by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County, this workshop will demonstrate how to turn paper piles into organized files, using simple strategies and tools. Topics will include how to sort incoming mail, set up a maintenance-free filing system, and eliminate the accumulation of paper in your home and home office. For more information about UCI Law's financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mock Trial Training, EDU 1131 or LAW 3600
This training is mandatory for students signed up for the Mock Trial Competition who have not previously participated in Mock Trial or enrolled in Trial Advocacy.  

Friday, March 11, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

MPRE Prep Workshop, EDU 1131
UCI School of Law is once again pleased to hold a special 4 hour MPRE exam preparation course on Friday, March 11 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in EDU 1131. The course is designed for students taking the March 19, 2016 MPRE exam.  Passing the MPRE is necessary for admission to most state bars, including California.  It can be taken after the first year of law school. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will teach the course, which is free to all students. Room capacity is limited.  Please RSVP to Debbie Mondares at by Tuesday, March 8.  Since we open this review to students from other OC law schools, it is important to reserve your seat early (we do block off a number of seats for UCI Law students).  


President's Day - Law School Closed

On Monday, February 15, the Law School and Law Library will be closed.

Saturday, February 20, 1:00-3:00pm & Tuesday, February 22, 7:00-9:00pm

Jessup International Moot Court Team Practices, EDU 1121
Come support your classmates on UCI Law's Jessup International Moot Court Team in their final practices! Jessup Team members Amy Lieberman (2L), Zoë McKinney (3L), Sanjana Rishi (2L), Brittany Ngo (2L), and Shirley Kim (3L), with the coaching of Professor Whytock and Professor Tice, are preparing to compete in the 2016 Pacific Regional Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Portland on February 26th. The Jessup Team invites you to drop in on any of their practices during their last week of preparation.

UC Student Regent Application

Does 2 years of paid tuition, a parking permit valid at every UC, and an office at UCI sound good to you? Then apply for the UC Student Regent position! As a UC Student Regent you will be working on the UC Board of Regents, which includes many established officials such as the Governor of California and the UC President. You will be able to network and develop yourself as you travel to different UCs for the monthly Board of Regents meeting at zero cost to you! In the first year of the position you will be the UC Student Regent Designate and will intern under the current UC Student Regent. The next year, you will have voting power and be the UC Student Regent and train your own future candidate! Use this opportunity to build your resume and be a STUDENT ADVOCATE representing the VOICE OF UC STUDENTS on the UC Board of Regents! *We are specifically looking for students that will continue 2 years of education at UCI or any of the UCs as an undergraduate or graduate student.* For further information, please visit or stop by the courtyard and talk with a representative on Tuesday, February 16th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

New building survey -- please fill out and help us design our new home!

At the request of our programming architects, we are distributing the following online survey to the entire Law School community.  Please take a few minutes to share with Steinberg Associates your views on what does and doesn’t work in our current law building(s), as well as your aspirations for the future law building.  The survey requires only 5-10 minutes to complete; there is no deadline for submission. Complete the survey here.

FYF - Feedback Survey - 1Ls Only

The First Year Fridays series was new this year, and we welcome your feedback.  Please assist us in the planning process by sharing your experiences with the First Year Fridays series via this short survey. There are 10 questions and the survey will be live until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16. Complete the anonymous survey here.

WLS Clothing Drive

Women's Law Society is sponsoring a donation drive through Friday, February 26th, to benefit Women Helping Women and Laura's House. You can donate new or gently used women's and men's apparel (professional or casual attire, plus-sized appreciated), toiletries, hygiene products, jewelry, household or school supplies, and used cell phones. Collection boxes are located in both the Student Lounge and the Dean's Suite. If you would like to learn more, visit and

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, we can take them to campus for you.

Flu Vaccine Available

Due to the seriousness of the influenza viruses this season, the Student Health Center has scheduled additional Walk-in Clinics during the month of February in order to accommodate as many students, faculty and staff as possible. The cost of the flu vaccination is only $25. Students enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan pay nothing! Open for walk-ins, Monday through Friday February 14-26, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Also, from 10:00am - 4:00pm on the following days: Friday, February 19 and Friday, February 26. 

University of Oxford and George Washington University Summer Program

International Human Rights Law
Admissions are currently open for this intensive program of university-level study in international human rights law at the beautiful New College, Oxford. UCI Law Professor David Kaye will serve as an instructor for this 4 week program from July 10 - August 6, 2016. Visit the program website for more information.


Mix and Mingle

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

3L Class Gift Tabling
3L Class Reps will be in the courtyard at lunch, 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!

Tuesday, February 16, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

WLS - Vagina Monologues Bake Sale, Courtyard
Stop by the courtyard and purchase baked goods to help support the Vagina Monologues production.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:15 pm - 8:35 pm

LLSA and BLS Speed Networking Workshop, EDU 1111
Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA) and Business Law Society (BLS) are coordinating to host a speed networking workshop open to law students interested in engaging with local attorneys who have volunteered their time to come to UCI for this event, in order to improve/practice their networking skills, as well as mix and mingle while establishing new, professional connections in the legal world.

Thursday, February 25, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sheppard Mullin 1L Reception, Eureka!
1Ls are invited to SheppardMullin's 7th Annual 1L Reception. Attire is casual. RSVP by Friday, February 19, to Patty McGraw, Recruiting Coordinator, with "UCI Reception" in the email subject line. For more information, see the event flyer.

Friday, February 26, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WLS: Lunchtime Yoga, LAW 4750
Please join the Women's Law Society for Lunchtime Yoga to kick off your Spring Break! If the weather is nice, we will take the class outside. The class will be donation-based with all proceeds benefitting the Vagina Monologues and the Women's Law Society. The focus of the class will be on intersectionality and empowerment. Join us for some fun!

Saturday, February 27, 8:30 am - 12:00 PM

Daniel's Inn - 21st Annual Conference, Chapman Law School
Enjoy breakfast and spend a morning with fellow legal professionals and discover "You Are Not Alone" in the "burn out" and tribulations of the Practice of Law. Daniel's Inn is a non-denominational Christian conference on the continuing theme of "You Are Not Alone." For more information, including registration and fees, contact Gary Chambers at 714-558-1400.

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.