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UC Irvine School of Law • September 25, 2016

Friday, September 30, 12:00 pm

Add/Drop or Change Grade Option Final Deadline (2Ls and 3Ls)
September 30 is the final deadline to add or drop a class, change the number of variable units in a class, or change your grade option. There is a $3 late fee for each transaction; the charge will appear on your Zotbill. No changes can be made after noon on September 30. 

To Add or Drop a class: You must file an Academic Petition and you must get your instructor’s approval. Go to the Student Portal, Registration, Forms and click on the on-line Academic Petition. You may submit the Petition with your instructor’s signature or have the instructor send Dean Schroeder an email granting permission to add or drop a class. Faculty permission must be received by noon on September 30.

To Change Variable Units in a Class: Some classes can be taken for variable units (Independent Study, Advanced Clinic, Externships). To change the number of units in a class you must go through a two-step process: Drop the class with the current units, and add the class with your preferred units.  You will be charged for two transactions ($6). You must file an Academic Petition and get your instructor’s signature or have the instructor send Dean Schroeder an email granting permission to change the number of units. Faculty permission must be received by noon on September 30. 

To Change Your Grade Option: You can change from a grade to S/U or from S/U to a grade. You must file an Academic Petition but you do not need your instructor’s permission to make this change.  Some courses are offered only for a grade or only S/U – you will not be able to change the grading option in those classes. Check the course catalogue if you’re unsure which classes are in this category. Reminder: Students may self-select a maximum of 8 units of S/U. “Self-select” means the class is normally taught for a grade, but you opt to take it S/U. 

Check your schedule to be sure you are enrolled in the classes you think you’re in, for the grading option you want. If you are in a variable unit class, please be sure you signed up for the right number of units.  

Monday, October 3, 12:00 pm

UCI Law Gideon's Promise Fellowship Application Deadline
The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites students from its Class of 2017 to apply for the UCI Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowship. The Fellowship is part of the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (“LSPP”). The LSPP is a three-year program that provides permanent employment, training/continuing legal education, and support to recent graduates committed to public defense. If you are interested in this opportunity, the UCI Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowship application is now live here. Applications are due no later than noon on Monday, October 3, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than October 14, 2016. Please contact Tiffany Tsao with any questions.

Tuesday, November 1

Soros Fellowship Application Deadline
The Soros Fellowship Program is looking for the 30 most promising New Americans who will go on to make a significant contribution to US society, culture, or their academic field. Eligible applicants must be 30 or younger, enrolled in a full-time graduate program in the 2017-2018 academic year, and either immigrants, naturalized US citizens, green card holders or DACA recipients. Please find the full eligibility requirements here.


Tuesday, September 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Judge Andrew Guilford, EDU 1111
Judge Andrew Guilford was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California in 2006. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from UCLA, and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law.  After graduation he joined the Costa Mesa office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton where he specialized in business litigation, including professional liability, intellectual property, finance, and unfair competition cases. In addition to having been president of the State Bar, and before that the Orange County Bar Association, Judge Guilford served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, an arbitrator and judge pro tem in the Orange County Superior Court, a member of the Judicial Council task force on self-represented litigants and the state Supreme Court’s task force on multi-jurisdictional practice. He is a founding officer of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Orange County, and past president of the Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro bono, public interest law office.

Wednesday, September 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Rick Hasen - Legal Issues in the 2016 Election, EDU 1111
Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, is co-author of a leading casebook on election law, and he writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. His newest book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, was published in 2016 by Yale University Press. Professor Hasen holds a B.A. degree (with highest honors) from UC Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from UCLA. After law school, Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. Please RSVP here by September 25 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, September 29, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

uRSA Brown Bag Series: Professor Chacon, LAW 4700
The underRepresented Student Alliance presents its first Brown Bag lunch talk, featuring UCI Law Professor Jennifer Chacon. As uRSA's faculty advisor, Professor Chacon has been crucial to the organization's revival this year. Pack a lunch and join us on Thursday, September 29th, at noon in LAW 4700 to hear Professor Chacon speak on her experiences and goals for dialogue and solidarity on campus and beyond! Please send RSVPs to

Friday, September 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Career and Internship Panel, LAW 3500
Join us for a discussion featuring students, faculty, and practitioners who have had internships and careers in International Law. Panelists will answer your questions and offer tips for success, on how to find and secure positions in I-Law. This event is co-sponsored by the International Law Society at UCI Law and GLAS.

Friday, September 30, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

IEFV Distinguished Lecturer: Donna K. Coker - Crime Logic, Campus Sexual Assault, & Restorative Justice, EDU 1111
The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) presents Donna Coker, J.D., M.S.W. Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law. The Obama Administration, spurred by student activism, has brought an unprecedented focus to the problem of campus sexual assault, including establishing aggressive Department of Education (DOE) Title IX guidance and enforcement. The framing of sexual violence as a civil rights matter under Title IX provides a welcome departure from the crime-centered approach to gender violence that has dominated the US response for more than two decades. There are, however, significant limitations to the models encouraged by the DOE. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments available at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky - Supreme Court Preview, EDU 1111
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will present his annual preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term. Please RSVP here by September 30th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

IEFV Distinguished Lecture: Dancing the Carceral Creep: The Feminist Anti-Domestic Violence Movement and the Paradoxical Pursuit of Criminalization, EDU 1131
Presented by Professor Mimi Kim, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach. In this talk, Kim uses historical interview and archival research on the formation of the first domestic violence victim witness program and the Community Coordinated Response to explain the process through which early social movement success targeting law enforcement led to the eventual subordination of the social movement to the carceral state. This focus on early institutional innovations and their effects upon a contested spatial relationship between civil society and the state serves as a launching point for further exploration of the contemporary social movement landscape and demands for alternative responses aligned with community-based, Transformative Justice and prison abolitionist visions and practices. RSVP at

Wednesday, October 5, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Faculty/Adjunct Spring Course Panel, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this spring. Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics. Q & A will follow the presentations. Please RSVP here by September 30 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, October 6, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Limited Space Available)

Federal Circuit Sitting at UCI Law, EDU 1121
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hold court at UCI Law on Thursday, October 6. This is the first time UCI has been honored to host the court, which normally sits in Washington, D.C. The court primarily hears appeals on patent law cases. Court will be in session in the Robinson Courtroom (EDU 1121). If you are interested in sitting in the courtroom please sign up here no later than noon on Monday, October 3.  We will separately notify students if their names are selected for seats in the courtroom, as well as their time slot. Students do not have permission to skip class to see the arguments. If we have strong interest from students in attending, we likely will have to draw names from a hat.  Additional instructions on courtroom decorum, dress, etc. will be given to those students whose names are selected. We will have an overflow room in the Executive Commons room on the first floor of MPAA. No reservations are necessary for the overflow room. Following the arguments, there will be a reception in the Executive Commons room from 5:00 pm – 5:30 p.m. Again, no reservations are necessary for the reception. Students attending the reception should wear business dress (suits and ties for men; court clothes for women).

Friday, October 7, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Race and Policing: Defining the Problem and Developing Solutions, UCI Student Center
Repeated instances of police violence against people of color raise serious questions about the impact of race on policing. This Symposium will bring together leading scholars and innovative practioners to define the problem, identify challenges, and discuss possible solutions to this persistent issue. 
Co-Sponsored by UCI School of Law, UCI School of Social Ecology, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Office of the Chancellor and Office of the Provost. Event details here.

First Year Fridays

September 30, 2016

CDO Orientation: Launching Your Career (Mandatory) (Note New Times)
This session is mandatory and will provide students an overview of the services available through the Career Development Office.
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

October 7, 2016

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop (Mandatory)
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Mod A, MPAA 408, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mod B, MPAA 430, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Monday, September 26

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

Tuesday, September 27

Business Law Society First General Meeting, MPAA 408, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 29

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

Trial Advocacy Workshops: Introductory Meeting, LAW 3750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday, October 3

Biotechnology & Global Health Policy Club Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Tuesday, October 4

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

Community Fellows Meeting, LAW 4750, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Wednesday, October 5

Federalist Society at UCI Law - First Meeting, LAW 3600, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Monday, September 26, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Introduction to Healthcare Reform and CaHPSA, Medical Education Building 836 - Third Floor
The California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) is excited to invite you to our first event of the year! We will be hosting a talk on the history of healthcare reform and an introduction to CaHPSA. CaHPSA is a statewide student-run organization of health professional students that advocate for health justice for all Californians and work to establish a universal, comprehensive, and affordable healthcare system. See for more information. Come join us to learn more about healthcare reform and/or to get involved in the movement! All students welcome!  RSVP here.

Tuesday, September 27, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

UCDC Law Program Information Session, LAW 3500
UCDC Law Program Director, Nicole Lehtman will be on campus for an information session about externship opportunities in Washington DC through the UCDC Law Program. Students may also sign up to meet with Nicole for individual advising sessions by contacting Michael Hawk at For general information about the UCDC Law Program, including contact information of UCDC Law alumni who have offered to speak with prospective participants, please visit  Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2017 semester and can be found at Students may also contact Program Director, Nicole Lehtman at with questions about the program.    

Wednesday, September 28, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

ASP Small Group Workshop: Practice Writing a Law School Exam Answer, MPAA 430
Attention all 1Ls! Do you generally understand how to structure a law school exam answer following the IR(RE)AC structure, but want to try it out with a sample rule and fact pattern? Then come to this ASP Small Group Workshop to practice writing a law school exam answer! You’ve heard that the best way to study for a law school exam is to practice, so let’s practice! For those of you who came to the September 14 Small Group Workshop on outlining, this exam-writing workshop is a great follow-up because we will give you the opportunity to test out the adverse-possession and private-nuisance outlines you previously developed so you can see how to use your outlines to answer essay exam questions. Even if you didn’t attend the September 14 workshop, you should still feel free to attend this exam-writing workshop because we will provide you with all the sample outlines you need to answer the practice exam questions. Space is limited, so please sign up on ASP’s TWEN page under “Sign-Up Sheets.” Please contact Professors Queena Mewers ( or Sue Kung ( with any questions.

Thursday, September 29, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

CDO: LAIPLA Law School Road Show, EDU 1131
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) will be visiting UCI Law School to discuss careers in intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law. Experienced IP practitioners with law firm and in-house experience will be panelists for the event. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the speakers’ remarks. For anyone interested in learning more about LAIPLA and the Association’s membership, this will be an invaluable opportunity. Pizza and refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Friday, September 30, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Studies Workshop, LAW 3500
Natalie Pifer, from UCI’s Department of Criminology Law and Society, will present "Policing Skid Row." The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar. Lunch will be provided. All interested faculty and students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy at

Friday, September 30, 1:30 pm

UC Irvine Law Review Note Training Session with Professor Fisk, EDU 1111
The Law Review publishes notes written by current UCI Law students and recent alumni in every issue of the journal. Writing a note is a great way to improve your research and writing skills, work with respected professors, receive peer feedback, complete a third-year intensive, and potentially be published. If you think you may be interested in submitting a note or just want to learn more, please join us. The training will cover how to begin thinking about the research and writing process, the components of a successful student note, how the note selection process works, the benefits of writing a note, and any other questions you may have. The training is open to all students. It is optional for Law Review members.

Monday, October 3, 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Trial Advocacy Club Workshop #1, EDU 1121
David Dworakowski, Assistant Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender's office, will hold a trial skills workshop for UCI Law students.

Wednesday, October 5, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Transitioning to Law School Panel, LAW 3500
Professor Christopher Leslie will moderate a panel about the challenges of transitioning to law school from the work place on Wednesday, October 5 from 12-1 in LAW 3500. The workshop is open to all 1Ls, but is designed to address the special concerns of students returning to school after a gap of several years. Please RSVP by Sunday, October 2 to guarantee lunch will be provided.

Thursday, October 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ask CDO and APALSA: 1L Summer Jobs, Courtyard
The CDO and APALSA have partnered up to answer questions about 1L summer employment. Ask 2Ls, 3Ls, and CDO counselors about judicial, government, public interest, and private sector jobs at this informal fair in the Courtyard. Help us help you find the right fit for your interests and career goals!  Pizza lunch will be provided. 

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Business Law Courses:  Selection and Sequencing Workshop, EDU 1111
Get advice on business law courses and sequencing. Whether you want to have minimum competency in business law or you plan a career in the area, Professors Arewa and Porter will offer ideas and take questions.

Save the Date: Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (3Ls only)

CA State Bar Workshop, Room TBD
Gayle Murphy, the Senior Director of Admissions for the CA State Bar, will be holding a workshop for 3Ls on Saturday, October 22. Ms. Murphy will explain how the bar exam is structured and graded, and she is a direct, reliable source of information about the new 2-day CA bar exam. An on-line RSVP will be set up soon. Note: We don't know if this workshop can be recorded.


Spring Course Catalogue

The spring course catalogue will be available on-line on October 3. Dean Schroeder will be available to meet with students for half-hour, individual sessions beginning on Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 28. Spring enrollment is in November. Please call Debbie Mondares (949-824-8395) or speak to her in person to set up an appointment (no emails, please).

Save the Date: November 1 & 2
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) at a much lower cost ($21) than local police departments charge. Payment can be made by check or cash, but no credit card.

Community Fellows Group for 1L Non-traditional Students

Two of our CFs (and non-traditional students), Star Leal and Emma McBurney, volunteered to lead a group specifically for 1L non-traditional students. This group is in addition to your originally assigned CF group, so you don’t have to give up your other Community Fellows that you have gotten to know. Contact if you would like to take a part in this exciting and supportive community of non-traditional students. 

Class Recordings

We have a new on-line system to request that classes be recorded.  You can find it in the Quick Links box in the Student Portal.  None of our current recording policies were changed when implementing this new program. You will have to request each class individually if you will be out the entire day because each instructor has his or her own recording preference.

National Depression Screening Day

The Counseling Center is hosting its yearly National Depression Screening Day next month (10/6). In short, the screening will take place on ring road near the student terrace area of the Student Center. Signage will be displayed for ease of locating us near that area. Also, FREE GIVEAWAYS will be provided.

September 26 - 28, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bar Prep Fair, Courtyard
UCI Law is hosting Bar Week to give students the opportunity to learn about the various products and services offered by many of the prominent bar review companies operating in Southern California.

Mix and Mingle

Friday, October 7, 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.