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UC Irvine School of Law • March 27, 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

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.

May 30, 2016

American Association for Justice Writing Competition
There is a new law student writing competition offered by AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.  In addition to a good cash prize, it also offers a great opportunity for exposure in two national publications – ACS’s Advance and AAJ’s Trial Magazine – as well as recognition at the AAJ Summer Convention (which is nearby in LA this year). Competition details here.

May 31, 2016, 12:00 pm

Vietnamese American Oral History Project
You or someone you know is an important part of history! If you are a UCI staff or faculty member, please share with us an item from your or someone else’s family history in relation to the Vietnamese American experience. Record a brief video (1-2 minutes) featuring the item, such as a photograph, document, artwork, article of clothing, object, etc., that is of significance to the person being recorded. You can record on your cell phone and use your laptop or desktop monitor to make your video. More information here. Sponsored by Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UCI and funded by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative.


Monday, March 28, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

"Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums," EDU 1131
This presentation will investigate the tax issues and challenges facing Uber and Lyft drivers by studying their online interactions in three internet discussion forums. More information about Professor Shu-Yi 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.

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.

Monday, April 4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Burt Neuborne, EDU 1111
Burt Neuborne is one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. More information here. Please RSVP here by March 31st to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, April 5, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law by Sherrilyn Ifill, MPAA 430
Sherrilyn Ifill is President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Ms. Ifill first served with LDF as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union after graduating from New York University School of Law, and then as assistant counsel in the New York Office where she litigated voting right cases. More about Sherrilyn Ifill here. RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Jean Su, Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation Group with the Center for Biological Diversity, EDU 1111
Jean Su is a Staff Attorney in the Strategic Litigation Group with the Center for Biological Diversity. Before joining the Center, she worked as a project finance associate focusing on renewable energy with Milbank, Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP in Singapore and Los Angeles. Prior to law school, Jean worked in the climate change and development fields with McKinsey & Company, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and CARE International in Madagascar. Jean holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University; a master’s of science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a J.D. from the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. She is our first alumna featured through the Speaker Series! The Environmental Law Society is co-sponsoring this event. Please RSVP here by April 3rd to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Why Reproductive Health Care Access Matters, LAW 3500
Presented by: Krista Hollinger, Chief Administrative Officer, UCI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

ELS In House Counsel Panel, EDU 1131
The Entertainment & Sports Law Society will be hosting an in-house counsel panel to teach students about various opportunities to work in-house for corporations in different industries.


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

Monday, April 4

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

Thursday, April 7

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Monthly Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, MPAA 430


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

Combination Event - Public Service Applications (answering why you want to do the work you seek) AND Skadden Fellowship Orientation, EDU 1111
For 2Ls planning public service careers, almost every public interest, government, and fellowship application due this coming July/August/September will ask you to explain why you want to do the work you seek.  Do you have a compelling answer? This workshop is designed to expose the elements of a good response and help you to tell your story. During the first half of this program Susan Butler Plum, the Founding Director of the Skadden Fellowship Program, will present (via Skype) an inside perspective on the application process for this prestigious post-graduate fellowship. 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. Please RSVP on Symplicity as lunch will be provided.

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 - 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, April 5, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

CDO: Succeeding During Your Summer at a Law Firm, MPAA 408
This panel discussion will cover the skills and strategies necessary to succeed as a summer associate at a law firm. The panelists will be 3Ls who worked as summer associates at law firms last summer. The program will include a discussion of important topics such as navigating a firm hierarchy and culture, how to manage work assignments, how to succeed at firm social events, and information about work productivity and the billable hour. Time will be reserved for questions. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

International Drug Control Policies, MPAA 430
In April, international leaders and NGO representatives will gather at the United Nations for a global drug policy summit to discuss ideas for reform and implementation strategies (UNGASS). SSDP will be participating in this historic event. This event will provide a background on international drug control policies, educate about the ongoing debate in this arena and the upcoming UNGASS summit, and give a concrete example of international law in action. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Co-hosted by Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the International Law Society.

FYF - Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm

CDO: Fall 2016 On-Campus Interviews Strategy Session, EDU 1111
The CDO strongly encourages students who plan to participate in Early Interview Week (EIW), featuring law firms, and/or the Fall Interview Program (FIP), featuring government and public interest employers, to attend this important presentation. In addition to providing essential information concerning On-Campus Interview logistics and timelines, we will discuss preparation for screening and callback interviews and strategies to prepare for the process. The significant majority of EIW employers are large law firms that seek to hire students as summer associates during their 2L summer, with the potential for permanent offers to be extended for post­-graduate employment. The significant majority of FIP employers are government agencies and public interest organizations that seek to hire students for their 2L summer where they will cultivate substantive expertise and relationships that may prove beneficial for securing post-graduate employment. Please RSVP on Symplicity. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm -1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, Law 3500H
Song Richardson (Law) will present Police Unions. 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.

FYF - Tuesday, April 12, 10:00 am -1:00 pm, Mandatory for New Summer 2016 Externs

Summer Externship Orientation, EDU 1131
All students externing for the first time this summer must attend this orientation. (Only those planning to extern in Summer 2016 should attend, not those with Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 externship placement plans.) Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to, Michael Hawk, at by Friday, April 8. As soon as possible, complete the Registration form on the externship online system. If you have any questions that are not answered here or on the externships website, please email Assistant Dean Carrie Hempel or Michael Hawk.


ABA's Law Student National Mental Health Day

We are providing free, anonymous mental health self-assessments over the next three weeks.  Students may access the on-line screening through April 10 at If you think you’d like help after doing the self-assessment, where can you go?  The UCI Counseling Center is free to all registered students.  The California State Bar offers confidential assistance to lawyers and law students through its Lawyers Assistance Program.  For more information, the ABA published an excellent on-line Mental Health Tool Kit and the David Nee Foundation offers guidance targeted to law students.

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 and for each class that reaches an 80% participation rate, one student will be randomly chosen to receive a $25 Amazon gift 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

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. Wear business attire. For more information, see the event flyer.

Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

3L Class Gift Tabling
Representatives from the 3L class will be in the courtyard from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 7, 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, April 7, 5:30pm - 8:00 pm

Rutan & Tucker Meet and Greet, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations in Newport Beach
1Ls who would like to know more about the firm are invited to this event. The invitation is limited to the first 30 responses. RSVP to Jodi Brooks. Wear business attire. For more information, see the event flyer.

Friday, April 8, 5:00pm - 8:00 pm

Alumni and Student Mixer, Location TBD
Networking and social event for current students and UCI Law alumni.

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.