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UC Irvine School of Law • January 17, 2016

January 18, 2016 - Midnight

Pro Bono Projects Preferences: All preference submissions are DUE THIS MONDAY, JANUARY 18TH AT MIDNIGHT!  All requests submitted after that time will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  

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

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.
Attend the Negotiations & Drafting Agreements Workshop on February 5th!

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



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, 11:30 am - 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.

Friday, January 22 - Sunday January 24

"What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World," Various Locations: click here
Timed to coincide closely with the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, “What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World” will take place on the UCI and USC campuses beginning next Friday, January 22nd. It will examine the changing parameters of expression as the horizons of freedom shift under the pressures of technology, social media and repressive regimes. Internet freedom advocate and activist Rebecca MacKinnon will deliver the keynote address, and the event will feature a live conversation with Edward Snowden in Moscow. Participants include prominent policymakers, legal analysts, writers, political cartoonists, stand-up comedians, musicians, artists and journalists. To learn more and RSVP, click here.

This conference is sponsored by UCI’s Forum for the Academy & the Public. Lead organizers include the UCI School of Humanities, the UCI School of Law, UCI Illuminations, Center for Law, History and Culture, USC Law School, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Monday, January 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Town Hall Meeting with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
Dean Chemerinsky will hold a Town Hall for UCI Law students. Please RSVP here by noon on January 22nd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, January 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation on Northwestern Tax L.L.M. Program, LAW 4850

Thursday, January 28, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SABA and SALSA present "Clerkship Panel," MPAA 430
Judge(s) and other law professionals will to talk about the benefits of clerkships, and field related questions from the audience. It is a great opportunity not only to hear from accomplished law professionals, but also to network! The confirmed panelists include Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi; Samrah Mahmoud a Crowell associate who clerked for District Judge Staton and graduated from UCI Law; AUSA Daniel Ahn, who clerked for District Judge Taylor and Ninth Circuit Judge Rawlinson; and Vib Mittal who clerked for District Judge Amul Thapar in EDKY and has been an AUSA in CDCA for five years.

Friday, January 29, 3:00 pm

Global Justice Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Student Center
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine, Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, Chancellor's Professor of History, and Chair of the History Department. RSVP here.


Tuesday, January 19

WLS General Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 4750

Tuesday, January 19 

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

Wednesday, January 20

Community Fellows Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

Monday, January 25

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

Monday, January 25

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

Tuesday, January 26 

Vagina Monologues All-Cast Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 4750

Tuesday, January 26

PILF Bi-weekly Board Meeting, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, LAW 4850


Tuesday, January 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Saturday Academy of Law Information Session, EDU 1131
SAL is an educational enrichment program designed to help ninth graders develop stronger critical reading, writing, and communication skills. UCI Law students teach local high school students about the United States' court system and First Amendment rights in schools. This semester, SAL will take place from 10:45am to 12:00pm on the following dates: February 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; and April 2. Law students are expected to participate in at least four sessions. Law students can receive pro bono hours (up to 10 pro bono hours for SAL and Street Law combined, per academic year). SAL is a great way to take a break, connect with the community, and get some pro bono hours. Please email Danny Silverman (, Priscilla Gutierrez (, or Simar Ahluwalia ( with any questions. Law students still can participate in SAL even if they cannot attend the SAL Kick-Off on Tuesday, January 19. All law students are welcome to join SAL.

Wednesday, January 20, 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 combating 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.

Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives, LAW 3500
Dear UCI Law Community, You're invited to join the Center on Law, Equality, and Race for: Perspectives, a reading group. Facilitator: Professor Arewa. Reading (on reserve in library + free copies available): Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Dinner provided! (please RSVP)Free copies of the books are available, please RSVP to to reserve a copy** Perspectives is a student discussion group, facilitated by UCI Law faculty. Each month, we meet for an informal and lively discussion of a chosen text. Texts focus on issues relevant to race and equality--everything from Critical Race Theory to Queer theory to the Labor and Environmental Justice Movements. Although reading the text ahead of time is always best, all are welcome whether or not you had time to read. To RSVP and/or request reasonable accommodations for disability, please email Olivia Weber at 

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 (

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.

Tuesday, January 26, 6:40 pm - 8:40 pm

GIS Pre-Summit Workshop #3: "Treaty Negotiations," EDU 1131
Get an introductory overview of treaty negotiations from Professor Menkel-Meadow. Learn from treaties like the Law of the Sea and acquire the necessary knowledge for successful participation in the Global Justice Summit. Learn about key elements of successful treaties and the trends. You must RSVP here by Friday, January 22, to guarantee dinner will be ordered for you. 

Wednesday, January 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mock Trial Information Session, EDU 1111
UCI's Sixth Annual Mock Trial Competition will be held this Spring. The competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. 1Ls, though not eligible to compete, may still participate as witnesses. Those interested in participating should attend the informational meeting on January 27 at noon in EDU 1111. The informational meeting will discuss the format of the competition and other details. Please RSVP by noon on January 25 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. You are welcome to attend even if you did not RSVP, though we can’t guarantee extra lunches will be available.

Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

CDO: LAIPLA Law School Road Show, MPAA 408
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) will be visiting UCI Law School to discuss careers in intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law. Experienced IP practitioners with law firm and in-house experience will be panelists for the event. Confirmed panelists include: Don Pua (Western Digital), Catherine Holland (Knobbe Martens), Bob Fish (Fish & Tsang), Jeffrey Thomas (Gibson Dunn), and David Dremann (Knobbe Martens). Students will have an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the speakers’ remarks. For anyone interested in learning more about LAIPLA and the Association’s membership, this will be an invaluable opportunity. Pizza and refreshments will be provided! PLEASE RSVP ON SYMPLICITY.

First Year Friday, January 29, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

ASP: Becoming a Self-Sufficient Learner, EDU 1111
Learn how to effectively review and self-assess your final exams and overall performance last semester to identify which study and exam-taking skills and strategies worked for you vs. which ones you should change to improve your performance this semester.  We will teach you how to look for patterns of strengths and weaknesses in exam-taking skills, and we will provide suggestions for different study and exam-taking techniques to explore this semester.  Lunch is provided!  Please contact Professor Mewers at with any questions.

Friday, January 29, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500
Kevin Lerman (Law) will present Amending Mitigating Role, Role Cap, and the Methamphetamine Enhancement Guidelines: Toward a More Just Federal Sentencing Regime for Drug Couriers and Mules. 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 (

Friday, February 5, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Negotiating and Drafting Terms Agreements Workshop, SB2-Room 122 at The Paul Merage Business School, RSVP here.
Business School Professors Chris Bauman and Max Chao will hold a workshop on “Negotiations & Drafting Terms Agreements” on Friday afternoon, February 5 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in Room SB2 Room 122 at the Paul Merage Business School. This workshop will focus on the fundamental skills students will use in the 2016 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition.

Dr. Bauman taught previously at Northwestern University and the University of Washington.  He teaches Negotiations, Business Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility, among other classes. His research focuses on information processing in negotiation and its implications for tactics that can increase individual or mutual gains. 

Prof. Chao has extensive experience in both business and transactional law.  He worked as a supervising senior auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick and a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He later established his own law firm where he advises a wide range of clients, including high-wealth individuals, partnerships, multi-national corporations, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and oversees clients.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

UCI Law School will be closed, Monday, January 18th

Moot Court Quarterfinals Schedule

January 20 - MPAA 408

6-7 PM: Sara Banco, Respondent v. Ariela Rutkin-Becker, Petitioner

7-8 PM: Jiaxiao Zhang, Respondent v. Rob Siko, Petitioner

January 21 - EDU 1131

6-7 PM: Remick Stahl, Respondent v. Brett Long, Petitioner

7-8 PM: Alex McIntosh, Respondent v. Emile Ayoub, Petitioner

PILF Faculty-Student Auction Tabling

Monday, January 25th through Friday January 29th, Courtyard, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

3L Class Gift Tabling

Wednesday, January 27th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - we 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!

Mix and Mingle

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.