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UC Irvine School of Law • March 6, 2016

March 7, 2016

ACC Southern California Diversity Scholarships Deadline
ACC Southern California, the in-house bar association, is pleased to announce that the applications for a 2016 Diversity Scholarship is available now. Download application here.

March 7, 2016, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Grad Fair, Location Change: Executive Commons at the Business School
Join your classmates at the 3L Grad Fair!  Announcements, diploma frames, and Law regalia will be on display and can be ordered.  The campus Alumni Association staff will be available to take your measurements to ensure you order the correct regalia size.  All grads must wear regalia to participate in the Commencement ceremony (the only exception is active duty military personnel, who may wear their dress uniforms).  Stop by the Financial Aid table to schedule exit interviews (mandatory for students with loans). Academic Skills staff will answer questions about the free supplemental bar prep program it offers during the summer. More commencement information here.

March 7, 2016

Are you planning on sitting for a Bar exam this July? If so, the Registrar needs to know which exam(s) to be sure we get your records to the correct state(s). Please email The Law Registrar by March 7. 

March 11, 2016, 4:00 pm

The Boukai Family Foundation Scholarship Deadline
The Boukai Family Foundation is providing a scholarship to one UCI law student up to $2,500 for  the 2016-2017 academic year. The values of family, faith, education and giving back to the community are closely held by the Boukai Family. This scholarship program was established to encourage current law students to build upon these values; advocate the importance of tolerance toward Islam and all forms of religions and faith traditions; and serve to strengthen opportunities for future generations in Muslim-American communities. Application and eligibility requirements here.

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.


Monday, March 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Brown Bag Speaker Series: "Teen Sex and Statutory Rape Law," Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, 1517
Featuring a presentation by Professor Michele Goodwin. More event details here. This event is free to attend and is open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Professor Kaaryn Gustafson - Intersectionality and Activism, EDU 1111
Professor Kaaryn Gustafson is recognized nationally for her the interdisciplinary research on the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic inequality.  She earned her Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley, her J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School, and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.  This program maintains our tradition of presenting a guest speaker of particular interest during the week that the Women’s Law Society presents its version of The Vagina Monologues.  Co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Society.

Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Limits of Political Institutionalization in China, LAW 3750
Presented by Susan Shirk Chair of the 21st Century China Program, and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Less than four years after Mao Zedong’s death, Deng Xiaoping declared that China needed to move away from an “over-concentration of power” by an individual leader to establish a more institutionalized system of governance. Xi Jinping’s ascension to power in 2013 promised a new era of reform of the Communist Party of China (CCP), specifically intended to preserve the party’s power.  Rather than addressing governance issues, however, Xi’s actions, such as the anti-corruption campaign, have served to concentrate power in his hands, showing the weakness of political institutionalization in China after decades of collective leadership.  Read moreRSVP here.

Thursday, March 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“From Equality to Freedom: Food, Sovereignty, and the New Black Agrarian Movement,” EDU 1131
Presented by Angela P. Harris, Distinguished Professor of Law, Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom of Equality at UC Davis School of Law. RSVP here to ensure a seatThis event is sponsored by CLEaR.

Friday, March 11, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space, Calit2, UC Irvine
An Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture: Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space. Presented by Alisa Bierria, Associate Director Center for Race and Gender University of California, Berkeley. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12, 7:00 pm

The Vagina Monologues, The Little Theater
All proceeds from the show go directly to UCI Law's new Reproductive Justice Clinic, a groundbreaking clinic advocating on behalf of women’s health, equality, and reproductive rights. For more information, directions, parking, and to purchase tickets, please visit our EventBrite page. Tickets will also be available on campus during the week of March 7

Monday, March 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tax Policy Colloquium Speaker: Leigh Osofsky, EDU 1131
Leigh Osofsky will speak on "Simplexity and the Tax Law Co-authored." RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series - Civility Matters: Justice William Bedsworth, Douglas DeGrave, and William B. Smith, EDU 1111
State Court of Appeals Justice William Bedsworth will join Laguna Hills attorney Douglas DeGrave and San Francisco attorney William B. Smith, both of whom are members of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) for a program on  how civility affects litigation. The three have previously presented "Civility Matters" at meetings of ABOTA and other legal forums.  Justice Bedsworth has a long-standing relationship with UCI School of Law, having served as a moot court judge, a teacher and a featured speaker at Orientation programs for first year students. Please RSVP here by March 11th  to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Thursday, March 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Human Rights Law as Law of the United States, LAW 3500H
Professor Paust will discuss treaty and customary international law sources of human rights, their status in the U.S. legal system, and their relationship to the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes. This event is sponsored by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society. 
More about Jordan PaustRSVP Here by March 10.

Friday, March 18, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Guest Speaker: Thomas A. Saenz, EDU 1131
Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund). This event is sponsored by the Latina/o Law Students Association.

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.  So far, we’ve compiled a list of the following faculty authors to be celebrated this year: Erwin Chemerinsky; Michele Goodwin; Rick Hasen; Chris Whytock.


Monday, March 7

APALSA General Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, MPAA 420

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

Community Fellows Information Session, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, LAW 3500

Student Coffee with the Dean, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, LAW 3500

Tuesday, March 8

NAILSA Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600

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

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

ACS Elections and Info Session, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LAW 4850

Thursday, March 10

Veterans' Advocacy Society First General Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, MPAA 430

Monday, March 14

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

Thursday, March 17

Moot Court Board Information Session, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, LAW 3600


Monday, March 7, - Wednesday, March 9, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Bar Week, Courtyard
Stop by tables in the courtyard to learn more about all of the participating bar prep companies. This event is open to all three classes, as the companies have materials that are helpful for all levels.  Please note there is a location and time change for the Bar Fair on Monday, March 7.  On Monday it will be held from 11:00am - 1:00pm in the Executive Commons at the Business School, at the same time as the Grad Fair. 

Monday, March 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Working with LGBTQ Clients, EDU 1131
Uncomfortable asking your client about their preferred pronouns? Unsure how your client's gender identity or sexual orientation might affect their housing and employment rights, domestic violence resources, health care access, or immigration status? Come to the "Working with LGBTQ Clients" workshop and learn proper vocabulary, current issues, and ways to ask questions in a mindful way. Led by three UCI Law students; open to all students, faculty, and staff. This workshop is sponsored by the Women's Law Society.

Tuesday, March 8, 4:15pm – 4:45pm

Community Fellows Information Session, EDU 1111
The Office of Student Life is seeking 20-25 upper class students to serve as Community Fellows to the incoming class of 2019.  The Community Fellows Program was established to help first year students become acclimated to law school and the culture of UCI Law, create a sense of community among first year students and the larger UCI Law community, and provide information and resources that will assist first year students with the transition to law school. If you would like to learn more about the Community Fellows program, please feel free to contact me, talk to a current CF, or attend an information session next Tuesday, March 8 from 4:15-4:45pm in EDU 1111.  Please note you CAN still apply to be a Community Fellow, even if you are not able to attend the information session. You can also learn more about the CF program and access the application here:  Applications (found here) must be submitted in person to the front desk in Student Services (EDU 1000) because you will sign up for an interview at that time.  All applications are due by noon on Monday, March 14.

Wednesday, March 9 & Thursday, March 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Core Clinic Information Sessions, EDU 1111, Mandatory for 1Ls
On the first day, students will learn about each of the UCI Law Clinics, as well as how they will be able to submit their preferences for clinic selection.  On the second day, students will have the opportunity to speak with current clinic students about their experiences, so we recommend that students come prepared to ask questions to help with the selection process.  We will be sending out more detailed information about the events to the 1L’s, along with descriptions of our clinics, for consideration prior to the event. Please be on the lookout for another email from Debi Gloria or Dean Hempel about this. Lunch will be provided both days. We look forward to seeing all of the 1L’s at the event!

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).  

Friday, March 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CDO: Finding and Applying for Clerkships, EDU 1131, First Year Friday

Dean Chemerinsky will moderate a panel of recent alumni who began their legal careers through clerkships. The panel will discuss why clerkships are valuable and how they impact subsequent career options. Dean Chernicoff will explain timelines and deadlines, the process for completing applications, and how the CDO can assist with clerkship applications. All students with an interest in judicial clerkships should attend; this event is part of the First-Year Friday series but is open to students in all class years who are considering clerkships. RSVP on Symplicity. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, March 11, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500
Lee Cabatingan will present "The Construction of Authority at the Caribbean Court of Justice." 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 ( by Wednesday, March 9.

Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12

Establishing Equity in Our Food System, EDU 1111
We currently have an inequitable food system that disproportionately burdens the poor and marginalized with its costs and failings. This inequity ranges from the unavailability of healthy foods in poor communities, especially communities of color, to poor labor conditions and wages for workers involved in the production and distribution of food. The result is that in the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, nearly 50 million people have trouble putting food on the table each day while food workers struggle to earn an income above the poverty line. UC Irvine School of Law and the UC Global Food Initiative will co-sponsor a symposium exploring how we might begin to correct these inequities. Inviting the perspectives of students, scholars, lawyers, and activists, this two-day symposium will focus on how research, law practice, and activism might support each other in establishing a more just and fair food system. RSVP hereMore symposium details here.

Sunday, March 13, 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. Please RSVP TODAY! Each session will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in EDU 1111. Additional topics include: March 20 – Performance Test Strategies; April 3 – Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) Strategies.

Monday, March 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

APALSA - Body Language Talk, LAW 3750
This is a brown bag lunch with Judge Schumann. She will be talking about body language to prepare students for interviews and courtroom appearances.

Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

JD/MBA Program: Lunch Info Session, Merage School of Business SB 1 - Suite 5200
Learn more about reduced credit hour program requirements, unique JD/MBA career opportunities, perspectives from alumni and current students. Visit to register.

Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CDO: Public Service Career Planning, LAW 3750
This workshop is geared toward students interested in pursuing public service careers, in particular 2L and 3L students planning next steps. The presentation will include a discussion of public service careers and explore approaches to public service career planning, including fellowships, strategic summer and school-year positions, and pro bono projects.

Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Financial Aid: Fundamentals of Investing Workshop, LAW 3750
This workshop covers the different types of investments and their tax implications to help participants learn to maximize their investment opportunities. For more information about UCI Law's financial literacy services, go to the Debt Management page.

Thursday, March 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

GLAS: Jordan Paust on “Human Rights Law as Law of the United States,” LAW 3500
Jordan Paust, Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the Law Center of the University of Houston, is a scholar of international law, human rights, and national security law. He will discuss “Human Rights Law as Law of the United States.”

Friday, March 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How to Register for Classes, EDU 1111, Mandatory for 1Ls
Lunch will be provided.


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.

Monday, March 7 - Thursday March 10, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Vagina Monologues Ticket Sales
The Vagina Monologues cast will be selling tickets in the courtyard for their upcoming shows on March 11th and March 12th at 7:00 pm. On Wednesday March 9, the cast will have a photo booth encouraging all to communicate their support for intersectionality on social media.

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, we can take them to campus for you.

University of Oxford and George Washington University Summer Program

International Human Rights Law
Admissions are currently open for this intensive program of university-level study in international human rights law at the beautiful New College, Oxford. UCI Law Professor David Kaye will serve as an instructor for this 4 week program from July 10 - August 6, 2016. Visit the program website for more information.

2016 ABA-Microsoft Summer Internship

First year students living with a "disability" are invited to apply to work within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department in Redmond, Washington, for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. They will have a broad range of responsibilities from across the department, which may include researching legal issues impacting business strategy, drafting transactional documents, attending client meetings and product reviews, and collaborating with internal teams on cross-group projects. Get ready to overcome challenges, forge solutions, and provide direct counsel to the cutting edge of the world’s most dynamic industry. Comprehensive information and application located here.

Mix and Mingle

Tuesday, March 8, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

WLS Bake Sale, Courtyard
Come support WLS by purchasing baked goods in the courtyard.

Monday, March 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

5th Annual Small Firm & Corporate Counsel Reception, MPAA Executive Commons
Please join us on March 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Small Firm & Corporate Counsel Reception from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the MPAA Executive Commons. The annual reception provides students with the opportunity to meet and learn from attorneys whose practice represent the evolving legal marketplace. We hope you will come meet employers from small to mid-sized firms and in-house counsel. Dean Chemerinsky will provide the welcome and opening remarks. Attire is business professional. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Monday, March 14 - Thursday, March 17, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PILF Tabling
PILF at UCI Law is holding a Thank You Week leading up to the Thank You Reception on Friday, March 18th. Join us in the courtyard Monday through Thursday from 12-2pm for a week of fun, photo ops, and baked goods. Every day between Monday March 14th and Thursday March 17th we will have a new activity in which we invite all students to participate. Don't forget to RSVP for the reception to celebrate this year's efforts! You can find the RSVP link in your LawNet email, social media, and at the tables at Thank You Week. 

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

Haynes & Boone 1L Reception, Costa Mesa Office
Attire is business casual. RSVP to Allison Solis by Monday, March 7 with “UCI Law 1L Reception RSVP” in the email subject line. Include a copy of your resume and unofficial law school transcript in the email. 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.