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UC Irvine School of Law • January 10, 2016

January 13, 2016

Applications for the 2016 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship are now open! Application deadline is January 13, 2016. The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a transatlantic educational program for American and European graduate students. Humanity in Action invites applications from students enrolled in graduate or advanced professional programs, including programs for masters, doctorates, MDs, JDs, MBAs and other graduate degrees. Applicants should seek to build careers in foreign policy, diplomacy and government service, international development, trade and business, NGOs and other international fields. Veterans and candidates of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more. FAQ.

January 22, 2016 - 12:00 pm

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

2016 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition

Friday, January 22 - Registration Due by 5:00 pm - Register Here!
Saturday, February 20 - Date of Competition - More Details to Come!

The University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the 2016 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition. The Competition will be held on February 20, 2016 and will include graduate students from the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, Paul Merage School of Business, and UCI School of Law.  Each team will have a science, business, and law student.  The Competition is sponsored by Wilson Sonsonsi Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms.

The UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition will challenge students to structure and negotiate a joint development agreement for a new and exciting stem cell technology. The participants will develop practical transactional skills, collaborate on interdisciplinary teams, gain exposure to corporate issues, and learn best practices from a distinguished panel of professionals. The teams will be judged and awarded based upon the effectiveness of their business strategy, understanding of the issues, overall professional demeanor, and the terms of the final agreement. 

This is a great opportunity for students interested in IP, business drafting, negotiation, and/or transactional law.  It’s also a great way to collaborate with BioScience and business graduate students.  An Awards Dinner with an exciting keynote speaker will be held at the end of the all-day competition.

Attend the information session on January 21st to learn more! Details here.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 6, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PICD): UCLA School of Law. 
This inter-law-school event, held annually each spring semester, provides law students with the opportunity to participate in a formal interview process for summer employment and to table-talk with participating employers. Representatives from public interest organizations, government agencies and offices, and private public interest firms throughout Southern California will be in attendance. The event also provides a great opportunity to network and learn about the array of public sector employers in our region. During the bidding period prior to the event, students may submit resumes and cover letters through Symplicity to secure interviews at the Career Day. An email with Symplicity instructions was sent on Monday, December 21. Plan to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by your primary CDO counselor well in advance of the deadline. There is no advantage to bidding early.

Important PICD Dates
January 20 (Wednesday) at 5:00pm: Bidding Period Closes 
January 30 (Saturday): Students receive notification of interview schedules. 
February 3 (Wednesday) at 5:00pm: Student cancellation deadline
February 6 (Saturday): PICD



Tuesday, January 12, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Intellectual Property and Trial Attorney, Morgan Chu, EDU 1111
Morgan Chu, a partner at Irell & Manella LLP, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded intellectual property and trial attorneys, and one of the first Asian Americans to lead a major U.S. law firm.  He began his legal career as a law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judge Charles Merrill before joining Irell.  Chu has served as lead counsel in some of the world’s largest verdicts, judgments, and settlements, resulting in actual payments totaling over $5 billion.  He has received numerous honors and awards for his legal work, as well for his public service.  Chu serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Public Counsel, the world’s largest pro bono public interest law firm.  In one of his pro bono cases, Chu spent six years securing the reversal of a conviction of a death row inmate. Chu is a high school dropout but earned a B.A., M.A. and PhD from UCLA, an M.S.L. from Yale, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Please RSVP here by noon on January 8th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, January 14, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Colin Rule will be here on Thursday, January 14 to speak to Professor Menkel-Meadow's Uberlaw: Innovation and Regulation in the New "Sharing Economy" class. Mr. Rule is the developer and founder of eBay’s online dispute resolution system and now also the CEO of Modria, which is providing platform dispute resolution services to a good part of Silicon Valley.  Professor Menkel-Meadow welcomes all students to join her class for the day to hear Mr. Rule.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please RSVP to Amanda Hudson at

Thursday, January 21, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

China's Directed Public Sphere: Origins and Rejuvenation, LAW 4700
The UCI Long US-China Institute presents a public lecture by Timothy Cheek, Professor and Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. His research, teaching and translating focus on the recent history of China, especially the role of Chinese intellectuals in the 20th century and the history of the Chinese Communist Party. More details, including RSVP information and abstract of Prof. Cheek's paper, available on the event page.

Friday, January 22, 11:30am - 2:00 pm

Reproductive Justice Initiative Luncheon, University Club Dining Room at UC Irvine 
Encroachment on Reproductive Rights: Rethinking Roe v. Wade. Featured Speakers: Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin; Hon. Lynne Riddle (Ret.); Dr. Jen Russo, MD, MPH. This luncheon will bring together legal and medical professionals, scholars, organizers, community leaders and voices to address the state of women’s reproductive and health care rights. Register online now! Sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, Reproductive Justice Initiative at UC Irvine School of Law, and 11 co-sponsors. Full details on Event page.

Saturday, January 23, 12:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Winter Forum Event on Freedom of Expression, EDU 1111
Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Said - More details at The Forum for the Academy and the Public website


Thursday, January 14 

PILF Board Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

Tuesday, January 19 

APALSA General Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, MPAA 430


Monday, January 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

PRO BONO: Spring Kickoff & Mississippi Info Meeting, EDU 1111
The Kickoff meeting is to help students better understand both the Pro Bono Program and PB Track. Anna Davis will answer all of your pressing questions about pro bono. Immediately following the pro bono kickoff on Monday, January 11th at 12:30 in EDU 1111 (the Pro Bono Kickoff Meeting or 1L’s is at 12pm), attend an informational meeting for the annual service trip to volunteer at the Mississippi Center for Justice.  Each year UCI Law students volunteer at the Mississippi Center for Justice.  This year 30 students will volunteer at 3 different offices in Biloxi, Jackson, and the Delta.  It is an awesome trip.  The meeting is not mandatory, but will help to answer questions that you may have.

Wednesday, January 13, 6:40 pm - 8:40 pm

GJS Pre-Summit Workshop #1: “Multi-Party and Basic Negotiation Principles and Processes", EDU 1131
Professor Menkel-Meadow will cover basic negotiation principles that will be useful for the day of the Summit. Take advantage of training in an interactive forum with one of the top scholars in this field. You must RSVP here by Friday, January 8th, to guarantee dinner will be ordered for you.

First Year Friday, January 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Mandatory for 1Ls)

CDO: UCLA Public Interest Career Day Information Session, EDU 1111
In preparation for the Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PICD), which will be held on Saturday, February 6 ,at UCLA School of Law, UCI Law's CDO is presenting a Public Interest Career Day Information Session. We will review the registration process, what to expect at PICD, tips on table talk, and how to get the most out of the day. Attendance is strongly encouraged for all students planning to attend PICD, especially 1Ls.

Wednesday, January 20th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Admissions Ambassador Appreciation and Call for Volunteers, LAW 3500
In appreciation of our wonderful 1L, 2L, and 3L Ambassadors who did such a great job during the fall semester, the Admissions Office is hosting a thank-you luncheon.  The Admissions Office also welcomes and encourages students who are interested in becoming an Ambassador to join them and learn about giving law school tours, escorting visitors to class, calling admitted students, and the many opportunities to interact with excited admits at Admitted Students Weekend on April 1 and 2. It wasn’t that long ago that you were an admitted student and we hope you remember how welcoming this experience was! Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 19 to Katie Rohner,, so we can order plenty of food. Your participation is very much appreciated!  

Wednesday, January 20, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Labor & China, LAW 3750
China’s rapid economic and social changes over the last few decades have fundamentally changed labor relations, including the legal problems faced by workers. Overdue wages, discrimination, industrial injuries, and unpaid social insurance premiums are all too common. This talk will discuss these problems and then evaluate the evolving landscape of legal and other services available for addressing them—such as private lawyers, legal aid, barefoot lawyers, pro bono lawyers, and NGOs—in Beijing, Shenzhen, and the Yangtze River Delta. The presentation will conclude by examining some new proposed strategies for combatting these legal issues. Read more. RSVP here.

Wednesday, January 20, 6:40 pm - 8:40 pm

GIS Pre-Summit Workshop #2 : “Meeting Management and Facilitation”, EDU 1131
Learn from Professor Menkel-Meadow about procedures for running an effective meeting, including choice of process and ground rules, determining participant roles, and generating an agenda for a meeting. This will be critical to understanding the back-and-forth of the Global Justice Summit. 

Thursday, January 21, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Worker Rights in US Nail Salons, MPAA 408
UC Irvine School of Law and the UC Irvine Long U.S.-China Institute will host a workshop to discuss the rights of workers in nail salons in the U.S. Aaron Halegua, a lawyer, consultant and research scholar at New York University School of Law will discuss labor conditions in New York City’s nail salon industry, new government regulatory measures and the response by salon owners, with a particular focus on Chinese workers and employers. Following his presentation, workshop participants will discuss the New York City experiences and compare them with California. Participants will also explore potential for collaboration across the coasts for legal aid, policy and research.

Thursday, January 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition Information Session, EDU 1111
Join us for an Information Session on the 2016 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition, an innovative, collaborative competition that presents a new and challenging, real-world, interdisciplinary “negotiations problem” for graduate students in law, business, and bioscience, with an emphasis on using cutting-edge stem cell technology in the business context.  To our knowledge, UCI is the only school in the nation that brings together these different disciplines in a real-world negotiation competition.   A panel of law and business students who participated in last year’s competition will speak about their experiences.  Time will be set aside for Q & A.  RSVP here by January 18th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Friday, January 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Socio-Legal Students Workshop, LAW 3500
Adam Fine & Benjamin Van Rooij (Psych & Law) will present The Psychology of Compliance: Understanding Individual and Contextual Mechanisms. The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12-1:15 p.m.) in the Law School (Room 3500H). 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 ( for each workshop you plan to attend.

First Year Friday, January 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Mandatory for 1Ls)

Spring Professionalism Workshop, EDU 1111
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.  Lunch will be served.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

UCI Law School will be closed

AALS Membership

The House of Representatives of the Association of American Law Schools voted membership for the University of California, Irvine School of Law.  It was by acclimation, without dissent.   There also was much cheering for our school.   This is a wonderful milestone for our law school. It is a reflection of our terrific faculty, staff, and students and what we are accomplishing.

Mix and Mingle

Thursday, January 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2Ls: Halfway Done with Law School Party, Courtyard
2Ls please  join Dean Chemerinsky in the courtyard to celebrate your accomplishments over the past year and a half.  You are officially halfway done with law school.  There will be cake and pizza! In the event of rain or poor weather, the celebration will be moved to EDU 1111.

Friday, January 22, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

1L Interview Mixer, Courtyard
Current and past Community Fellows will be present to answer 1L questions about interviewing, including proper dress and etiquette, common interview questions, and more! Each Community Fellow will be wearing a suit they are comfortable wearing in interviews to showcase the variety of options. 1Ls in attendance will also have the chance to win prizes in an interactive challenge. Casual attire is acceptable for 1Ls. Light refreshments will be provided.

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.