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UC Irvine School of Law • September 4, 2016

Friday, September 9, 5:00 pm

2016 San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Application Deadline
Scholarships are awarded to law students who have met the criteria of community service, financial need, and academic achievement. Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Completed applications and materials must be submitted via e-mail as a single PDF to on or before September 9, at 5:00 p.m. Eligibility and application requirements are outlined here.

Friday, September 9

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference Stipend Application Deadline
The Pipeline Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association ("OCAABA") is awarding $200 stipends for law students at local Orange County law schools to attend the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") Convention in San Diego, California from November 3-6, 2016. The application deadline is September 9. More information about this opportunity and other events from OCAABA can be found here.


Wednesday, September 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Kristen Nelson, EDU 1111
Colorado Public Defender Kristen Nelson, will speak about her role in representing James Holmes, who was convicted of murdering 12 people and injuring 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Ms. Nelson is a Deputy State Public Defender on the Complex Litigation Team for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Denver, which represents indigent clients at the trial level in complex first-degree murder cases, including those in which the State is considering or has declared it is seeking the death penalty. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Please RSVP here by September 4th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, September 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Implicit Bias Workshop with Professor Richardson, EDU 1111
Most Americans believe in racial and gender equality and reject discrimination in any form. Yet, unconscious mental processes which are shaped over time by history and culture can lead us to view the world through a biased lens and to behave contrary to our deeply held egalitarian values. Professor Richardson will discuss these unconscious mental processes and how they can influence decision-making and judgment. She will end with some recommendations for safeguarding against the influence of these unconscious biases. SBA is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Speaker Series. Please RSVP here by noon on September 5th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ending Animal Cruelty: An Evening with Advocates, EDU 1131
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at UCI Law, in collaboration with SALDF at Whittier Law School, will host a speaker event featuring: Bob Ferber, the first full-time animal cruelty prosecutor in the nation; Professor Thomas Kelch, animal law professor from Whittier Law School; Kelsey Eberly, ALDF staff attorney; and Ava Park, founder of OC People for Animals. This event is free and open to the public. Dinner from The Veggie Grill will be served. 

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) and 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.

Friday, September 16, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

International Human Rights Clinic Symposium, Loyola Law School, Robinson Courtroom, Girardi Building, 1st Floor
The UC-Irvine International Human Rights Clinic is hosting an afternoon symposium on a dark stain on U.S. foreign policy -- medical experimentation on vulnerable populations in Guatemala (purposeful infection with syphilis and gonorrhea on indigent Guatemalans) and Guam (medical experimentation on island nationals with nuclear radiation). Experts will comment on these atrocities and how they are helping the victims and their heirs seek legal relief. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

First Year Fridays

Friday, September 9

ASP: Learning Like a Lawyer, Part II:  How to “Study” in Law School
Attention all 1Ls! Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the reading assignments for your various classes? Are you also wondering how you’re supposed to keep up with and keep straight all the new information you are learning in your various classes? And what’s this “outlining” thing you keep hearing about when it comes to “studying” in law school? Come to this FYF Workshop to learn how to become more efficient at reading cases and case-briefing, as well as to get an introductory lesson on that all-important law school study task called “outlining.” Please contact Professor Queena Mewers at with any questions.
Mod C,
MPAA 430, 9:40 am - 10:10 am
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (snacks will be provided)

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 next week. 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). 
Mod C, MPAA 430, 9:45 am - 10:45 am 
Mods A and B, EDU 1111, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Tuesday, September 6

Women's Law Society (WLS) Kick-Off Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, September 7

Mental Health and Wellness Association General Meeting, LAW 3750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 8

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 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

Wednesday, September 14

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


Friday, September 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moot Court Training Session, EDU 1111 (2Ls and 3Ls)
This is a mandatory Brief Training meeting for Moot Court competitors who signed up for the 2016-2017 Competition. Please contact the Moot Court Executive Board with any questions.

Friday, September 9, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Student Org Leader Training, EDU 1111
This is a MANDATORY training for all 3 "signers" for each student organization. If a signer is unable to attend, please contact Jennah Jones in advance. Other (non-signer) student leaders are welcome to attend. 

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

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 3750
The U.S. Army JAG Corps is a diverse and broadly-skilled organization practicing law worldwide in a variety of practice areas, to include 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 5

UCI Law and the Law School Library will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.

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.

Note Takers Needed

The Disability Services Center is currently looking for a note taker for the following classes:
84020-LAW 502-Constitutional Analysis- Chemerinsky
84080-LAW 503-Statutory Analysis-Simons
84110-LAW 504-Procedural Analysis-Whytock
84199-LAW 507A-Legal Profession I-Tice
84206-LAW 508A-Legal Research Prac I- Woodside
84395-LAW 548-Trademark Law-Reese
The job requires that you attend every class and take organized and thorough notes. As a note taker you can be compensated for note taking in the amount of $45/unit. If you are interested please send an e-mail to Please be aware the DSC hires on a first come, first serve basis, as we only need one note taker for each class. Should you have any questions about this opportunity please contact  Please consider helping your classmates by becoming a note taker!

CA Bar Exam Testing Accommodations

California Bar Exam testing accommodations are available to individuals with mental or physical disabilities as defined in the State Bar of California Admissions Rules. Applying for an accommodation takes considerable time and requires considerable documentation. 3Ls:  If you wish to apply for an accommodation, please do so as quickly as possible. 2Ls and 1Ls: You can apply early for an accommodation. Students who apply early but are denied an accommodation will have sufficient time to file an appeal and gather together additional documentation. Students who plan on filing for a California Bar Exam testing accommodation should read through the State Bar requirements carefully. If you are planning on taking the bar exam in another state, be sure to check its requirements for applying for a testing accommodation.

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!

Mix and Mingle

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.