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UC Irvine School of Law • January 31, 2016

February 4th

Late Registration Deadline for March 19 MPRE.

Friday February 5, 5:00 pm (2Ls and 3Ls)

Deadline to register for Mock Trial Competition. To sign up for the competition, fill out this form by Friday, February 5 at 5 PM. 

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: 

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!


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

Africa's Media and Entertainment Industry, LAW 3750
Guest Speaker Dayo Ogunyemi is the CEO of 234 Media. He has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media, and technology with employment experience with Booz Allen & Hamilton's media and technology practice, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., and BMG. In the past decade, he has focused on the finance, media, and technology landscapes in Africa, garnering experience in principal investing, consulting, financial advisory, and capital raising. More information here. This event is co-sponsored by BLSA and the Entertainment Law Society.

Monday, February 1, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Is it Time to Reassess Our Relationship with China?, EDU 1111
The John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute is honored to welcome James Fallows, renowned writer and commentator on public radio, to present the 2016 John S. and Marilyn Long Institute Distinguished Lecture. Mr. Fallows has written 10 books, including two about China, Postcards from Tomorrow Square and China AirborneMore about James Fallows. In his talk, Mr. Fallows will discuss China under Xi Jinping and considerations for the future. For more than 40 years, U.S. policy toward China has been built on the assumption that interaction and cooperation were the best route forward for both countries. Has the slowdown in the Chinese economy, the showdowns in the South China Sea, the crackdown on Chinese dissent, and the crackup in American politics changed that calculation on either side? This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online.

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

Moot Court Finals, Crystal Cove Auditorium
Support your peers at the Moot Court Finals. More information here.
Brett Long, Petitioner v. Jiaxiao Zhang, Respondent

Monday, February 1, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Why Tax Capital Income?, EDU 1111
Edward D. Kleinbard is the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, and a Fellow at The Century Foundation. He is the author of a book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, just published by Oxford U. Press. Before joining USC Law in 2009, Prof. Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. His current work focuses on the taxation of capital income, international tax issues, and the political economy of taxation. He has testified before Congress on tax policy matters, and has written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Huffington Post,, and other media outlets. More about Prof. KleinbardRSVP Here.

Friday February 5, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NAILSA: Lunch with Tribal Judge Fenton, LAW 3600
NAILSA presents a lunch with Tribal Judge Fenton, who serves on the family and youth court on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Nation. Judge Fenton oversees all proceedings regarding minors on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He previously served as a lay advocate in OST Tribal Court, representing tribal members in a variety of legal proceedings. Limited space available.

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. This event is free, but RSVP is required by Monday, Feb. 1. RSVP online nowProfessor 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.


Monday, February 1

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

Wednesday, February 3

IRAP General Meeting, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

Thursday, February 4

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Monthly Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, EDU 1131

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


Tuesday, February 2, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

U.S. Navy JAG Corps Information Session, LAW 3500
Captain Shannon Gearhart will be visiting UCI Law for an informal information session to speak with students who might be interested in applying to the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. The mission of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps is to provide solutions to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel wherever and whenever such solutions are required. The mission's primary focus is on operations, accountability, Sailor legal readiness, and Navy legal readiness. Please join this information session to learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps!

Tuesday, February 2, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lexis Training, LAW 4700

Attention 1L's! Lexis Nexis is providing a meeting to give helpful research tips and guidance that will be specifically geared towards the Lawyering Skills research assignment and prompt. Free pizza and Lexis rewards points will also be given out.

Tuesday, February 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Environmental Law Society: PickAxe showing with Q+A from producer Tim Ream, MPAA 430
Tim Ream from WildEarth Guardians will host a screening of his film, PickAxe, and participate in a Q+A session. Tim Ream both produced and starred in this feature film. Please join the Environmental Law Clinic, UCI's Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, and the Environmental Law Society in welcoming Tim Ream.

Wenesday, February 3 & Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm

Nigerian Film Festival, Humanities Gateway 1070
The Center for African Business, Law & Entrepreneurship (CABLE) at UC Irvine School of Law will bring a group of directors, producers, and actors in Nigeria’s film and television industry to Southern California for a week of events, including meetings in Los Angeles with participants in the television and film industry, a workshop in Irvine that will focus on discussing future paths for the Nigerian film and television industry, and the Africa Innovation 2016 conference, which will highlight Nollywood as an innovative sector in Africa. On Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3-4, Nigerian films will be screened at UC Irvine, including Agbonaye (2016) by director Peddie Okao on Wednesday evening, and  Tango with Me (2010) by director Mahmood Ali-Balogun screened on Thursday evening. RSVP for the film screenings here.

Thursday February 4, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Africa Innovation 2016 Conference, Student Center - Doheny Beach A
This conference will showcase innovations in Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry, as well as Africa more generally, and discussions will focus on issues related to technology, innovation, and legal reform. See featured panels hereRSVP Here

Friday, February 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Mandatory for 1Ls)

FYF - Student Services & ASP: Obtaining and Evaluating Exams, EDU 1111
Director of Student Life Jennah Jones will explain the process for checking out your fall semester exams; and ASP Professor Queena Mewers will explain both how to effectively review and self-assess your final exam answers to improve your study and exam-taking skills, and how to get useful feedback from your professors.  Lunch is provided!  Please contact Jennah Jones at or Professor Mewers at with any questions.

Friday, February 5, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Author Meets Reader, LAW 3750
Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, will discuss the newly revised and expanded edition of the book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. Professor Spade teaches classes related to sexual orientation and gender identity law and law and social movements and has published extensively on issues of law and injustice.

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

Negotiating and Drafting Terms Agreements Workshop, SB2-Room 122 at The Paul Merage Business School
Business School Professors Chris Bauman and Max Chao will hold a workshop on “Negotiations & Drafting Terms Agreements.” 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. RSVP here.

Friday, February 5, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

All-Student Town Hall Meeting with Architects, Merage School of Business Auditorium (first floor)
Please join your classmates for a Town Hall meeting with the architects of the new law building. We are at the beginning of the planning process and would like all students to share what they find most important in designing the perfect law building.  In addition to the Town Hall, there are boards in the elevator vestibule of the Law Library inviting the community to share functional and aesthetic aspirations for the new building.

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
February 3 (Wednesday) at 5:00pm: Student cancellation deadline.
February 6 (Saturday): PICD

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.

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." 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,

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

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).  


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.

Share Your Success

We love to feature our students’ successes on our website, but we need to know about them!  If you've recently won an award, prize, competition, or scholarship please email with more information – and remember to keep us in the loop throughout the school year.  

PILF Faculty-Student Auction Tabling

Weekdays - Monday, January 25th through Friday February 5th, Courtyard, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Friendly Reminder: Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, vapor cigarette, personal vaporizer, or PV), and the use of nicotine products not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating nicotine or tobacco dependence, are prohibited on all UC Irvine controlled properties. This includes all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, in which the University has a 100% ownership interest or an exclusive lease interest.

Mix and Mingle

Thursday, February 11, 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.

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.