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UC Irvine School of Law • March 20, 2016

Important Registration Dates

Fall class registration is just around the corner!  Dean Schroeder will provide one-on-one academic advising beginning on March 28. Please make an appointment through Debbie Mondares. Please call Debbie (949-824-8395) or stop by her desk; do not email her. In addition to M – F, appointments are available on Saturday, April 9.  Please note these important dates:

  • March 28: Course Catalogue goes live
  • March 30: Pre-enrollment bidding for small classes opens
  • April 1: Notification of clinic assignments (rising 2Ls)
  • April 6: Bidding for small classes ends
  • April 13: Students notified of winning bids
  • April 14: Rising 3Ls begin to enroll
  • April 15: Rising 2Ls begin to enroll

Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 am

SBA Award Nomination Deadline
Please take a moment to nominate your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff for the SBA Student Awards by clicking here. For each category, please include the name of your nominee, and a brief statement of why you are nominating the person or group. You can submit nominations until Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00 am. On March 29, voting will begin. Ballots will be sent electronically and will include the nominated student/faculty/staff/group as well as the rationale provided in the nomination form. SAVE THE DATE: The award winners will be announced at the Pro Bono and Student Life Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm at the U-Club.

March 31, 2016, 5:00 pm

Student Sponsored Symposium Proposals
Each year the Law School invites student organizations and publications to submit proposals for a Student Sponsored Symposium. One student organization or publication will be selected each year to sponsor a subsidized full-day conference or symposium.  The Symposium typically is held in the spring semester. Information about the selection process, examples of past successful applications, and a past symposium budget can be found on our website. This year’s Student Sponsored Symposium Committee members are Professors Robert Solomon (chair), David Min, and Katie Porter and student representatives Julie Hartle, Jacob Berezin and Rachel Rice. Proposals should be submitted using the Application Form. The Committee’s selection will be announced by the end of the spring semester.

April 1, 2016

2016 ABA Writing Competition Submission Deadline
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.

April 1, 2016

Ms. JD Fellowship Program for 2L Students
Ms. JD partners with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to provide mentoring and professional development to our Fellowship class. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. The fellowship is a fantastic way for students to build their network across the country within the legal field! The official fellowship announcement can be found here on Ms. JD's website.

April 16, 2016

Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Association of Los Angeles Scholarship
In 1975, a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys met to discuss the marked absence of an organization which addressed their needs in the legal field. The dialogue that ensued became the genesis of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (“BWL”). BWL held its first scholarship event in 1975. Since then, BWL and its foundation, has awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships and grants to second and third year law students. Application form and additional information located here.

May 1, 2016

M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship
The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County. Determinations regarding the amount and number of awards are at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee jointly appointed by OCLBA and OCEC and the Liberty Hill Foundation. Application form and additional information here.


Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

The Law Library’s Seventh Annual “Celebration of Books, Law Library
This will be an informal, open-house event for faculty, students, and staff intended to highlight and acknowledge the books authored, co-authored, or edited by our faculty from March 2015 through March 2016.  The current list of faculty authors to be celebrated this year include: Erwin Chemerinsky; Michele Goodwin; Rick Hasen; Chris Whytock.

Wednesday, March 23, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Mark P. Robinson Jr. Lecture, MPAA 408
This annual lecture series is made possible by an anonymous donor in honor of Mark P. Robinson Jr., senior partner at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis Inc., and his generous support of the UC Irvine School of Law. The 2016 lecture will feature Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and recognized as one of the foremost litigators in the United States. More information here.

Thursday, March 24, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling—The Business of Health and Beauty, LAW 3500
Presented by Kay Napier. The colloquium series is part of the public outreach of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members.  Lunch is provided. RSVP here.

Monday, March 24, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Tax Policy Colloquium Speaker: Shu-Yi Oei, EDU 1131
Shu-Yi Oei will speak on "The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums." This research is co-authored with Diane Ring of Boston College. More about Professor Oei here. RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 30, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

"Assumption of Risk and Consent in the Twenty-First Century," EDU 1131
This Chancellor's Professor Lecture will be presented by Kenneth W. Simons, a leading scholar of tort law, criminal law, and law and philosophy who has served since 2014 as a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third of Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons. More information about Professor Simons here. RSVP here.

Thursday, March 31, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Faculty/Adjunct Fall Course Panel, EDU 1131
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this fall.  Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics.  Q & A will follow the presentations. Please RSVP here by March 28 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Friday, April 1, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants," Presented by Judy Clarke, Merage School of Business Auditorium
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and Ramona Ripston, retired executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, have fought for and preserved civil liberties for decades, inspiring and influencing thousands of attorneys and activists. UC Irvine School of Law pays tribute to these two legendary advocates of civil liberty and justice through an annual, honorary lecture celebrating their contributions. Reception immediately following presentation. RSVP here.


Monday, March 21

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

Tuesday, March 22

ACS Elections and Info Session, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 4750

Thursday, March 24

3L Class Gift: Dean Cannon Discusses New Building, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, EDU 1111

Monday, March 28

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

Wednesday, March 30

Student Coffee with the Dean, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3500


Sunday, March 20, 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. 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. Each session will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in EDU 1111. The final session will be on April 3 – Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) Strategies.

Tuesday, March 29, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Patent Practice Groups Lunch Talk, LAW 3500
Associates from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati will host a panel about their experiences as patent attorneys in the areas of patent litigation, prosecution, and licensing. This event will be an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about patent practice and to meet practitioners from WSGR. Please RSVP on Symplicity by Monday, March 28 at 12:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, March 29, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Diversity in Environmental Law Panel, LAW 4750
Minority attorneys have traditionally been underrepresented in the field of environmental law. Join a panel of respected environmental practitioners and experts from private, in- house, nonprofit, and government environmental law practices for a discussion on how to make environmental law and lawyering more diverse. Panelists will also provide students an introduction to the dynamic field of environmental law, discuss current topics such as environmental justice, and help students explore potential career paths.

Wednesday, March 30, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CDO: Skadden Fellowship Orientation, EDU 1111
Susan Butler Plum, the Founding Director of the Skadden Fellowship Program, will be presenting (via Skype) an inside perspective into the application process for this prestigious post-graduate fellowship program. In-person attendance at this meeting is essential for all 2L students who plan to submit a post-graduate Skadden Fellowship application during September of their 3L year.

Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Advanced Degree Business and Consulting Club (ADBACC), Medical Education Building Room 3070
If you are interested in or what to learn more about a Career in Consulting or Business join ADBACC, UCI's graduate student and post-doc club for case interview practice, networking, and professional development. The club's kick-off event is on Wednesday, March, 30 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Medical Education Building, Colloquium Room 3070. RSVP and questions should be sent to

Friday, April 1 - Sunday, April 3, Various Times

2016 Baby Markets Congress, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
This Congress will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, policy-makers, civil society advocates, journalists, activists, and others to examine the myriad ways in which families are created, shaped, formed, and regulated. More information and Congress schedule located here. Register here.

Friday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 5, Various Times

The Reproductive Justice Film Festival, Various Locations
The film festival brings together Sundance and Emmy award winning and Oscar-nominated directors and producers to showcase and premier films that directly address women's lives. You will have the unique opportunity to meet and discuss these incredible works with the filmmakers. RSVP and screening locations listed here.


Tuesday, March 22

Student Health Center Closures
Please be advised that the Student Health Center (SHC) will be closed on Tuesday, March 22nd for staff continuing education and training. In addition, SHC will be closed on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th in observance of the Cesar Chavez holiday.

Friday, March 25

Cesar Chavez Day - Campus Closure
The Law School and Law School Library will be closed on Friday, March 25.

2016 LSSE Survey

Please check your email for your link to the 2016 LSSE survey. We use the survey results to assess the quality of programs and services at UCI Law, and to improve the students’ educational and campus experiences at the law school. This will be our third survey; students are welcome to view our results from 2012 and 2014. An excerpt from the 2014 results can be found here. In 2014 we had an 81% response rate, far above the national average.  We hope to better that result this year! 10 names will be drawn at random (3 from each class and an additional name from the class with the highest response rate) for a $10 Starbucks card! We really count on your participation!

UCI Law Committee on Inclusion and Diversity

Dean Chemerinsky recently appointed a Committee on Inclusion and Diversity composed of students, staff, faculty and alumni.  The Committee has been tasked with assessing our climate and making recommendations on improvements that will ensure UCI Law is a place where all feel welcome and are able to thrive.  In order to meet this mandate, we need your assistance gathering information about your experiences with diversity and inclusion at UCI.  Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing opportunities for groups and individuals to meet with committee members to share their views and experiences.  For now, however, we have created a web-based portal where all community members may share comments.   The comments box can be accessed through the following link: Faculty and staff will be receiving this solicitation to comment as well. To encourage absolute candor, submissions are anonymous.  We only ask responders to share whether you are a student or a member of the faculty or staff.  We welcome you to submit as many comments as you like.  Thank you in advance for assisting us in this important endeavor.

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. The Law School Registrar's Office will take them to main campus for you.

Mix and Mingle

Monday, March 21 7:30 pm

Trivia Night, Dave and Busters
Join the Community Fellows for a night of trivia and free appetizers. All three classes are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

3L Class Gift Tabling
We will be in the courtyard from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Wednesday March 23, 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, March 24, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spring In Vino Veritas Reception
IVV will be hosting their biannual reception in the courtyard. This networking event is open to all law students. Resident experts Professor Barnes and Marc Hankin will be in attendance.

Thursday, March 31, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Troutman Sanders 1L Reception, Troutman Sanders Irvine Office
First-year students are invited to attend a crash course about how to ace on-campus interviews, perform well during callbacks, and succeed during their 2L summer. RSVP to Gillian Sacks by March 28. 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.