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UC Irvine School of Law • February 21, 2016

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.


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. This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. This event is at capacity; EDU 1131 has been designated as the overflow room.

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.


Wednesday, February 24

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

Monday, February 29

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


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.
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.  

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. The workshop's goal is to improve/practice networking skills, as well as provide an opportunity to mix and mingle while establishing new, professional connections in the legal world.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Mental Health and Wellness Association: Craft Night, LAW 4700
All are welcome to join the Mental Health and Wellness Association for our craft night and spring semester braincalming session. Will there be a Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock coloring book? Yes. Will there be jewelry-making supplies to make creations to adorn thyself and sell as fundraising items? Also yes. Do feel free to bring your trebuchet kits, whittling, knitting, scrapbooking, unfinished Great American novels, etc. and be ready to share ideas for increasing the general sanity of UCI Law. Vitaminy vegetarian snacks provided.

Tuesday, March 1, 5:30 pm - 7 :00 pm

Views by 2: OC Sheriff Hutchens and Professor Richardson, Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building Room 1517
UCI Center for Psychology and Law presents this first event in the 2015-2016 Views By Two series. This series pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to discuss hot topics in the field of psychology and law. By providing both a researcher and practitioner viewpoint, we hope to start a dialogue that will bridge the gap between scientific research and policy. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees can earn 1 MCLE credit for this event. Bios and more information here.

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).  


CA Bar Exam Registration

Students may register for the July CA bar exam beginning on March 1, 2016.  Please see the CA State Bar website for details.  Students who wish to register for a specific test site should register as soon as possible, as some sites fill up quickly.

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.

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 from 2:00pm-4:00pm until February 26, 2016. Also, from 10:00am - 4:00pm on 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!

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

Sheppard Mullin 1L Reception, Eureka!
1Ls are invited to Sheppard Mullin's 7th Annual 1L Reception. Attire is business 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!

Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Haynes & Boone 1L Reception, Costa Mesa Office
Attire is business casual. RSVP to Allison Solis by Monday, March 7 with “UCI Law 1L Reception RSVP” in the email subject line. Include a copy of your resume and unofficial law school transcript in the email. For more information, see the event flyer.

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.