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UC Irvine School of Law • February 7, 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, 12:00 pm

Deadline: 2L-3L Add/Drop/Change Grading Option: Each transaction is charged a $3 late fee that will appear on your Zot bill.

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.

March 13, 2016

2016 Tax Justice and Human Rights Essay Competition Submission Deadline
Please click here for information about the Oxfam Tax Justice and Human Rights Essay competition.  Winners will present their work in London!

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 8, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plutocrats United Discussion, EDU 1131
Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections
, is the new book by election law professor, Rick Hasen. Prof. Hasen will discuss the book, and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will provide commentary. Audience Q & A and book signing will follow. Professor Hasen will do a book signing in the courtyard immediately following the discussion.

Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Supreme Court Moot - Utah v. Strieff, EDU 1111

***NOTE*** Because of the highly confidential nature of a Supreme Court moot, this event is not open to the public.  UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to attend the argument. Members of the UCI Law faculty will moot defense attorney Joan Watt in Utah v. Strieff, a case involving whether the exclusionary rule applies when the police discover an outstanding arrest warrant after an unlawful stop. Ms. Watt is the Assistant Director/Chief of the Appellate Division for Salt Lake Legal Defender Association (LDA). LDA represents indigent, court-appointed criminal defendants charged with state crimes in Salt Lake County. She received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and her B.A. from UCI. The case will be argued before the Supreme Court on February 22, 2016. Please RSVP here by February 7th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Thursday, February 11, 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 11, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What I Learned From Tackling Elder Abuse, UCI Student Center, Doheny A
Dr. Kerry Burnight presents the Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture: What I Learned from Tackling 1,000 Cases of Elder Abuse. Dr. Burnight is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCI School of Medicine. This event is free and open to the public. Register for the event here.

Thursday, February 11, 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Implementation of Exclusionary Rule in China: Challenges and Possible Solutions, LAW 3750
Professor Zhiyuan Guo, will discuss a comprehensive empirical survey on the implementation of the exclusionary rule conducted by the speaker as the primary investigator, and will address three key issues that stood out in the empirical surveys: the definition and scope of illegally obtained confession, proof of illegally obtained confession, and suppression hearing. More information and RSVP here.

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

MDMA: Health, Safety & Legality, EDU 1131
Join Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCI for an educational presentation and discussion about MDMA (a.k.a., "Ecstasy," "Molly") featuring DanceSafe founder Emanuel Sferios. Though MDMA is illegal to use and possess under the Controlled Substances Act, it is increasingly a topic of discussion among scientists and public health professionals who argue that it possesses therapeutic qualities and that the criminalization of nonviolent MDMA users actually harms society. This event will focus on the legal atmosphere surrounding MDMA as well as the ongoing therapeutic research using this substance. The event will also include a harm reduction section as well as a pharmacology lesson on how MDMA works in the brain. The goal of this event is to bring together law students, pharmacology students, pharmacy students, medical students, public policy students, and other interested individuals for the purposes of educating them about a cutting-edge area of scientific research and exploring how they can get involved in the movement to expand access to MDMA for research purposes. Mr. Sferios' organization, DanceSafe, conducts harm reduction outreach within the nightlife community. He is the Producer and Director of the forthcoming documentary, MDMA: The Movie.

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.  Mr. Baytieh is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Western State University School of Law; in 2012 he was named “Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year” by the CA DA’s Association.  Mr. Sanders earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his J.D. from Emory Law School.  The event is co-sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Club and the Criminal Law Society. Please RSVP here by February 14th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

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


Monday, February 8

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

Monday, February 8

Student Coffee with the Dean, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, LAW 3600

Tuesday, February 9

NAILSA Meeting, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, LAW 3600

Wednesday, February 10

Criminal Law Society General Meeting, 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 4700


Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LLSA/HNBA Technology & Intellectual Property Event, EDU 1131
The Latino Law Student Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association have teamed up to create an information panel on Technology Law.  Come network with local attorneys and listen to practicing attorneys discuss their work and answer questions about technology/IP law.  The event is open to all members of the general public.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 10, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Mock Trial Training, EDU 1111
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.  

Thursday, February 11, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CDO: Getting a CA State Job, LAW 3750
Work for the Golden State! In this workshop, the CDO will discuss what legal positions are available and will describe the hiring process, from state exam, to application, to interview. We will further de-mystify state “exams,” review exam prompts and responses, and provide students with a step-by-step checklist for getting a California state job. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Thursday, February 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

FYF - Uncommon Counsel - Wellness Workshop (open to all students), EDU 1111
Katherine Bender (Ph.D. in Counseling, Counselor Education & Supervision; NCC) is the Programming Director for the David Nee Foundation, one of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to law student wellness, with an emphasis on providing education on and awareness of mental health issues.  She has spoken to great acclaim at many of the California law schools, including Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA and others.

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

Socio-Legal Students Workshop, LAW 3500
Eulalie Laschever (Sociology) will present "State-Level Political Priorities of National Gun Control and Gun Rights Organizations after Sandy Hook." 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,

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.

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.

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

3L Early Bar Prep: Overview of the Bar Exam and Essay Strategies, EDU 1111
The first step towards passing any Bar Exam is learning the inside secrets from the experts. Attend Early Bar Prep to familiarize yourself with what is tested on the bar exam, learn studying and test-taking strategies, and practice each type of question that appears on the bar exam. The sessions are open to all 3Ls and taught by Linda Puertas, Director of Academic Skills, Sue Kung, Associate Director of Academic Skills, and Queena Mewers, Assistant Director of Academic Skills. You can never be too prepared! If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kung at skkung@law.uci.eduRSVP Here. All sessions will take place in EDU 1111 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Future topics include:
March 13 – Essay Strategies II
March 20 – Performance Test Strategies
April 3 – MBE Strategies

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.

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).  


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 at one of the following times:
Monday, February 8th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tuesday, February 9th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesday, February 10th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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.

President's Day - Law School Closed

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

Mix and Mingle

Thursday, February 11 and 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 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

APALSA Bahn Mi Fundraiser, Courtyard
Stop by the courtyard and purchase Bahn Mi for $5 to support APALSA.

Thursday, February 11, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Knobbe Martens Dinner Reception, Eureka!
Knobbe Martens invites 1L, 2L, and 3L students with technical degrees or a demonstrated interest in trademark prosecution to join us for a dinner reception. Meet with lawyers from one of the country's most prominent intellectual property law firms to learn more about the practice, the people, and how the firm offers an opportunity to build a rewarding career in IP law. RSVP to Carol Stanton with a resume by Friday, Febrary 5, and with "UC Irvine Dinner Reception RSVP" in the email subject line. For more information, see the event flyer.

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.

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.