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UC Irvine School of Law • September 11, 2016

Friday, September 16, 12:00 pm

UCI Law Student Organization Checklists and Budget Submission Deadline
All UCI Law Student Organizations must complete the tasks outlined on the checklist provided during the September 9 training by Friday, September 16 at noon. Completed checklists and attachments should be turned into Rocco Fragomeni at the front desk on the first floor of the EDU building. Proposed budgets should be submitted via email to Sonya Jaitly.


Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Joan Biskupic, Supreme Court Journalist, EDU 1111
Joan Biskupic has covered the Supreme Court for twenty-five years and has written several books on the judiciary, including Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014), American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009), and Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.  She currently is editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters News. Before joining Reuters in 2012, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post and for USA Today. She is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. Ms. Biskupic is a graduate of Georgetown Law School.  She earned her B.A. degree in Journalism from Marquette University, and her M.A. degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. Please RSVP here by September 11th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Ahilan Arulanantham - Supreme Court Moot, EDU 1111
****NOTE**** Because of the highly confidential nature of a moot, this event is not open to the public. UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to attend the argument. Jennings v. Rodriguez considers whether detained immigrants facing deportation must be allowed a bail hearing if they are held for at least six months. The American Civil Liberties Union brought a class-action suit in 2010 against Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on behalf of about 1,000 immigrants in California who have been detained longer than six months, either for crossing the border illegally or because they were legal residents who committed deportable crimes. The ACLU argued that immigrants in detention centers who demonstrate that they will show up for court hearings and who pose no public threat deserve a right to a bail hearing. The ACLU’s position prevailed in ruling by the Ninth Circuit in 2015. The Obama administration appealed the ruling; the case will be argued this term in the U.S. Supreme Court by Ahilan Arulanantham. Arulanantham is the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California and a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and he received his second B.A. from Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar. After law school Arulanantham clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt. Please RSVP here by September 18 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. 

Thursday, September 22, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

GLAS - Visiting Scholar Tim Sellers Talk, LAW 3500
Tim Sellers, GLAS visiting scholar and Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland, will present a paper entitled “Law, Reason, and Emotion.” Abstract: Reason and emotion provide the best starting point for any serious consideration of law because together they supply the basis for law's justice, law's legitimacy, and law's effectiveness -- the three most important attributes of any successful legal system. This discussion considers law, reason, emotion, justice, legitimacy and effectiveness as they relate to one another and to the power and purposes of law. Careful analysis reveals that law gains legitimacy and effectiveness when it marries reason with emotion, that reason and human emotion are the guiding values of any just legal system, that all legal systems claim to be just, and that all legal systems and all legal scholars make use of these insights whether they acknowledge them or not. This last point is important because clarity in definition reveals fallacies about the law. This study will discuss and dismiss the "technocratic", the "romantic", the "postmodern" and the "totalitarian" fallacies of law as examples of how mistaken conceptions of reason and emotion lead to unfortunate legal results. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

First Year Fridays

Friday, September 16

First Year Friday - ExamSoft Training (Mandatory)
Many of you will soon have midterms and it is very important that you have downloaded and know how to use the correct software beforehand. We will be hosting a mandatory training session of the exam process for new students. This program will simulate the experience you will have during midterms and the final exam period. Please bring your ID to the dry run. We will have you check in much like you will check in with your proctors during each exam. The Information Technology Services team will give you quick tips about the use of ExamSoft and the Take Home Module, so we encourage you to bring the laptop you will be using for midterms and finals (if you choose to use a laptop). Prior to this session, every student must download the most updated version of ExamSoft at Once you have downloaded the software, you must install the SoftTest.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 am 
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, September 23

First Year Friday - ASP: Preparing for Midterms: Intro to Law School Exams
Attention all 1Ls! With midterms coming up, are you wondering about how to tackle law school exams? Then come to this FYF workshop to learn how to break down exam questions and write good answers using the IR(RE)AC structure. We will also discuss some of the key similarities and differences between writing a formal legal memorandum (which you are learning in your Lawyering Skills class) and writing an essay exam answer. Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Monday, September 12

Latina/o Law Students Association First General Meeting, LAW 3750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy Kick-Off Meeting, MPAA 430, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Tuesday, September 13

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

International Refugee Assistance Program, LAW 4850, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, September 14

Environmental Law Society General Meeting, LAW 4700, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 3500, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Thursday, September 15

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

Monday, September 19

International Law Society First Meeting, MPAA 430, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Wednesday, September 21

American Constitution Society First Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 22

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society First Meeting, LAW 3750, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2L/3L Plan of Attack, LAW 3750
In this workshop, we will discuss resources and job search strategies for Summer 2017 and post-graduate employment that students can utilize for government, public interest and private sector employment. Additional topics will include: job search timelines and on-campus interview programs including the Fall Interview Program and the Spring Interview Program. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 Information Session, LAW 3500
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 in Chicago, Illinois is visiting to promote internships and externships for spring and summer 2017, and Honors Attorney Fellowships. Attorney Kris Vezner will host a brown bag session where he will describe employment with federal government generally and U.S. EPA specifically; the many responsibilities of U.S. EPA, emphasizing the role of its Region 5 office; and the day-to-day work of an EPA attorney. Following this session, Mr. Vezner will host individual sessions for informational interviewing regarding the positions currently available, or employment with U.S. EPA more generally.

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Saturday Academy of Law (SAL) Information Sessions, EDU 1131
Law students work alongside certified teachers from Santa Ana and Anaheim school districts in this pipeline program for ninth graders who are interested in attending law school. Volunteers teach lessons on the First Amendment, briefing a case, the U.S. court system, and recent constitutional challenges that have made impacts on society. Students receive one hour of pro bono credit per session and can accrue no more than five hours of SAL credit per semester. Saturday sessions take place on the campus of UCI and are scheduled for: October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, and 12. Law students will teach the last hour (11 a.m. to 12 noon). If you sign up, you must be available to attend a majority of the Saturday sessions. SAL student leaders, Simarpreet Ahluwalia, Ivette Aragon, David Penner, Priscilla Gutierrez, and Daniel Silverman, will hold a SAL Kick-Off Meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 12pm to 1pm in EDU 1131 for interested students to learn more about SAL. Pizza will be provided at this meeting. Sign up for SAL on PB Track. Please email if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 14, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Writing Workshop: Quick Tips for Clear and Concise Writing, MPAA 430
Have you received feedback from a professor or supervising attorney telling you to work on writing more clearly and concisely?  Come learn a few quick and easy tricks you can start using today to improve your writing.  For example, did you know that you can write clearer sentences just by moving around or choosing different words for your subjects and verbs?  We will also talk about why and how to avoid using passive voice, as well as some other common grammatical errors.  Space is limited, so please sign up on ASP’s TWEN page under “Sign-Up Sheets.”  Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.

Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

U.S. Army JAG Corps Information Session, LAW 4750
The U.S. Army JAG Corps is a diverse and broadly-skilled organization practicing law worldwide in a variety of practice areas, including criminal justice, administrative and civil law, contract and fiscal law, international law, environmental law, and legal assistance. Major Robert Murdough, U.S. Army JAG Corps, will be visiting UCI Law the week of September 14 to interview applicants and this session will cover employment opportunities in the JAG Corps.

Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ASP Small Group Workshop: How to Identify, Organize and Write Legal Rules, MPAA 430
Attention all 1Ls!  Do you generally understand the concept of “outlining” as a study tool, but need some more specific tips on how to turn your reading and in-class notes into an outline that will help you study for a law school exam?  Then come to this ASP Small Group Workshop to learn the ins and outs of outlining. We will work on preparing an outline after reading a mock case and attending a mock class lecture. Space is limited, so please sign up on ASP’s TWEN page under “Sign-Up Sheets.”  Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.

Thursday, September 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

SBA Mentoring Kickoff, EDU 1111 and Courtyard
Please join the SBA Board and your fellow classmates for the SBA Mentoring Program Kickoff! The program will begin with a short introduction in EDU 1111. We will then move to the courtyard where snacks will be provided. This is a great initial opportunity for mentors and mentees to go to know one another! RSVP Today!

Monday, September 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Managing Law School Expenses, MPAA 408
Managing Law School Expenses by reducing your overall student loan debt, knowing exactly where your money is going each month! This workshop will help you stay on track, to save for summer, making the student loan refunds last for the year!

Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bloomberg Certificate Training, LAW 3500
Join your Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Tania Wilson, and your classmates for a lunchtime Certification session. We’ll cover as many of the Bloomberg Law Certifications as possible during this hour, but at minimum we’ll complete the introduction and navigation/basics portions. Develop your resume, enhance your research skills and work together with your colleagues to attain this certificate. Lunch from Veggie Grill will be provided along with our newest swag! Please Register by 10:00 AM on Monday, September 19 to ensure we have enough food for you! You can register on on the homepage (top right) or via this Google Form: REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives: Cultural Appropriation and Language Sensitivity, LAW 3500
CLEaR co-sponsors a reading group every academic year. The Perspectives Reading Group serves as an informal setting where students and professors can examine issues of concern or importance to marginalized groups, focusing on a particular issue or demographic group at each meeting. This discussion will be facilitated by BLSA, LLSA, NALSA, and APALSA board members with short readings from each.

Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CA Attorney General Honors Program, LAW 4850
Join real-life attorney's from the California Attorney General's Office as they describe the Honors Program and application process for 3L applicants. The Attorney General’s Honors Program is a highly competitive, two-year program for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers committed to public service. Attend this session to learn more about the program. RSVP on Symplicity.

Thursday, September 22, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Private Sector Direct Service Jobs, LAW 4750
Private sector direct service providers include small firms and solo practitioners that work with individuals and small businesses in a variety of legal contexts, such as criminal defense, trusts & estates, immigration, and family law. This informational session will focus on the hiring process for these firms, the nature of their work, and how to prepare for careers in these fields. Please RSVP on Symplicity.


Flu Vaccine

The Student Health Center has scheduled a flu clinic on September 16 from 10 am - 4 pm. Mark your calendars and plan on a quick trip to the Health Center (directly across the street from the Law School) to take advantage of the flu clinics. The vaccine is FREE to those with SHIP insurance.

Fall Interview Program

Government, Public Interest, and Private Practice employers are ready to receive application materials on Symplicity.  Employers will schedule interviews with qualified candidates at UCI Law, by phone/skype, or at employer offices throughout September and October. You can access the session through the OCI module on the left side of your screen, and then select the "UCI Law 2016 Fall Interview Program" from the Session dropdown menu.

Grading Option

Please be sure to check your courses to confirm (a) the courses in which you are enrolled, and also (b) whether you’ve signed up for the class for a grade or CR/NC. Between weeks 2 – 6 you can add/drop by filing an on-line Academic Petition, which requires the instructor’s permission. You can also change your grading option by filing an on-line Academic Petition, but you do not need the instructor’s permission for this.  Changes made between weeks 2 -6 will incur a $3 late fee that will appear on your ZotBill. A small number of classes are designated “grade only” or “CR/NC” only in the course catalogue. Those designations are set by the instructor and cannot be changed by students. No changes in classes can be made after the end of the 6th week of the semester. Every year we have students who are disappointed to learn they are receiving a grade (or CR/NC) in a class, when they intended the opposite. Please check your schedule so this doesn't happen to you!

CA Moral Character Fingerprinting

One of the requirements for the CA Moral Character application is submission of digital fingerprints. We have arranged to have a company come on campus on November 1 & 2 (10 am – 5:00 pm) and 28 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) at a much lower cost ($21) than local police departments charge. Payment can be made by check or cash, but no credit card.

Mix and Mingle

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Chapman Law School Mentoring Event, Chapman Law School
Chapman University Fowler School of Law will be hosting its seventh annual Speed Mentoring with the OC Bench & Bar event with volunteers from the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), the OC Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA), and other bar associations on Thursday, September 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This is a great networking and mentoring event with many local judges and attorneys in attendance. Students can RSVP at Student RSVP by Wednesday, September 14.

Friday, September 16, 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm

BLSA's Black Friday, EDU 1131
Informal get together of UCI's Black Law Student's Association and its supporters on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Food and drinks will be served. This event has a particular focus to help new and incoming students with the mentoring and support needed to thrive in the first year of law school.

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.