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UC Irvine School of Law • April 2, 2017

Commencement Deadlines

Graduating students are reminded to review the 2017 Commencement site for various deadlines and information related to commencement.

April 1 & April 15
2017 Bar Exam Information

Please notify the Registrar, Stephanie Santoro, of the State in which you are planning to take the July 2017 exam by Saturday, April 1, 2017. If you are aware now of where you will be taking the exam, please let the Registrar know!  All required forms should be submitted to the Registrar by Saturday, April 15. Please see additional details below.

If you are taking the exam in California ONLY:
-Please notify the Registrar, via email, of your intent to take the exam in California.
-Once you have officially applied to take the July 2017 exam, the State Bar will send the Registrar's office the form required for certification. You do not need to submit additional information to our office.
-Once final grades are received in our office in June and your official transcripts indicate degree completion (middle of June 2017), the certification and a copy of your transcript will be sent to the State Bar.
-Please review all requirements set forth by the State Bar to ensure you adhere to all deadlines.

If you are taking the exam in a state other than, or in addition to, California:
-Each state has its own requirements for the certification of graduation.
-You are responsible for determining the requirements of the state in which you will be taking the exam. Some require a letter on UCI Law letterhead, some (most) require a specific form (or multiple forms), etc.
-You must submit to the Registrar, any required forms for the State in which you will be taking the exam. These forms are typically available on the State Bar website.
-Please be sure to complete any portion of the form for which you are responsible. You may not be on campus or even in California in June when the certification is completed and incomplete forms will not be accepted by State Bars.  Please be sure you have reviewed the form,  filled in any required information and provided your signature, where necessary.
-Please review all requirements set forth by the State Bar to ensure you adhere to all deadlines.
-Once final grades are received in our office in June and your official transcripts indicate degree completion (middle of June 2017), the certification and a copy of your transcript will be sent to the State Bar.

Friday, April 7, 5:00 pm

Fall 2017 Course Bidding Deadline
Pre-enrollment bidding on the Course Bidding Application for advanced level courses with an enrollment capacity of 24 students and under will begin on Monday, April 3 at 8:00am and end of Friday, April 7 at 5:00pm. You will not be able to access the application until 8:00am on April 3. For more information, please see a March 21 email from the Law School Registrar, Stephanie Santoro.

Monday, April 10, 5:00 pm

Student Sponsored Symposium Proposal Deadline
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. Proposals should be submitted using the Application Form.


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

Guest Speaker Series: Joan Biskupic, Covering the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, EDU 1111
Joan Biskupic is a Visiting Professor at UCI Law and a highly acclaimed author, journalist, and TV commentator. Her talk is scheduled after her return from covering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which began on March 20.  Join us for a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at the confirmation process. Ms. Biskupic recently joined CNN as legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer. She is on a one-year sabbatical from her position at Reuters as an editor in charge for Legal Affairs. She has covered the Supreme Court for 25 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). She is also the author of Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice (2005). She currently is working on a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. Before joining Reuters in 2012, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post and for USA Today. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Please RSVP here by April 3 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Friday, April 7, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCI Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium
This year's Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Liberties will be presented by Stephen Bright, Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. This annual lecture pays tribute to Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston for their advocacy of civil liberty and justice. Event details, including a speaker biography, abstract of his talk, and RSVP for the event can be found here.

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

Guest Speaker Series: 9th Circuit Moot in Doe I v. Cisco System, Inc., 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.  Doe I v. Cisco System, Inc. will be argued by UCI Law adjunct professor Paul Hoffman in the 9th Circuit on April 18, 2017. The case is an appeal from the dismissal of claims under the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victims Protection, alleging Cisco Systems, Inc. aided and abetted in a campaign against Falun Gong practitioners in China. Falun Gong believers filed the case based on their subjection to serious human rights abuses in China through the use of the “Golden Shield” and especially its anti-Falun Gong systems. The Golden Shield is an unprecedented network security system used for the widespread censorship, surveillance, identification, tracking, apprehension, and torture of Chinese dissidents. Cisco has been the major provider of network security “solutions” in China since the late 1990’s. Human Rights Law Foundation. Read the District Court opinion here. This article is a good summary of the complex legal issues in the case. RSVP here by April 10th to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Thursday, April 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, EDU 1111
Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area.  He has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the needy enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality.  As someone whose own close family members include Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Mormons and Jews, Mr. Ayloush is an active member of various interfaith groups promoting pluralism, dialogue, understanding and cooperation among America's and our world's diverse faith communities.  In late 2016, he was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “100 Most Influential” individuals in Orange County.  Mr. Ayloush earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and an M.B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton. Please RSVP here by April 10 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. This event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International at UCI Law.

First Year Fridays

Friday, April 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

All Mods: Fall 2017 On-Campus Interview Programs, EDU 1131
The CDO strongly encourages all first-year students to attend this session to learn about Early Interview Week (EIW) and the Fall Interview Program (FIP). This session will provide essential information concerning on-campus interview logistics, timelines, 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 as lunch will be provided afterward.

Friday, April 14, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

All Mods: ASP Workshop: How to Attack a Policy Question, EDU 1111
Confused about how to discuss policy in an exam answer? This workshop provides tips and suggestions on what to do if you receive a policy question on your final exam. Lunch is provided! Please contact Professor Sue Kung at with any questions.


Monday, April 3

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

Tuesday, April 4

2L Town Hall, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 3500, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Monday, April 10

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

Tuesday, April 11

Community Fellows Training, MPAA 420, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Monday, April 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Want to Help a Vet? Veterans and Tax Law, Newport Beach
This program will discuss the substantive areas of tax law that have the greatest significance to service members and veterans. It will examine both federal and state aspects of the tax codes, describing the aspects of the law where veterans are treated differently than non-veteran taxpayers. The program is designed to train attorneys to be able to dispense tax-related legal advice to veteran clients. For more information, visit here. This program is presented by The Orange County Bar Association Veterans and Military Committee.

Monday, April 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Corporate Governance by Stephen Cooke, LAW 4750
Stephen Cooke is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets practice group of Paul Hastings and concentrates his practice in securities and corporate law. He will discuss contemporary issues in corporate governance, and students interested in transactional law will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

3L MBE Tips and Strategies Session, LAW 4750
This session will cover the same content from the March 16 MBE Tips and Strategies Session. You can sign up on the ASP TWEN page. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

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

2L Early Bar Prep, EDU 1111
This session is a repeat of the March 27 Early Bar Prep Workshop and will cover the same general information about the bar exam, each of its components, and the general skills tested on each portion. We will also cover some basic information on the Moral Character application process and the MPRE. Lunch will be provided. Please email Michael Hawk at if you plan to attend.

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

ILS/GLAS Panel - Trump and International Law, LAW 3750
How has the new administration affected life beyond U.S. borders? What actions are other governments taking in response to these effects? How are U.S. relations changing with traditional allies and long-standing enemies? Please join us on April 6 at noon to hear UCI Law's international law experts Professor David Kaye, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor Gregory Shaffer, and Professor Christopher Whytock will discuss these questions, among other topics, related to the international legal landscape since President Trump took office. The event is co-hosted by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society and the International Law Society. RSVP here.

Thursday, April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives Reading Group: The Two Faces of American Freedom, LAW 3500
Discussion of the book by Aziz Rana will be led by Professor Seth Davis. 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. RSVP to Andrea Levenson at For more details, go to For more information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email

Thursday, April 6 & Friday, April 7

The Politicization of Safety - Initiative to End Family Violence Annual Conference, UCI Beckman Center
The Politicization of Safety conference will critically explore political dimensions of interventions in (or failures to intervene in) family violence. Topics include challenges related to: reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, criminalization, failure to protect laws, police-perpetrated family violence, gun control, and campus responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. More information and registration can be found here.

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

Socio-Legal Students Workshop: Keramet Reiter, LAW 3500
Keramet Reiter of Criminology, Law and Society will discuss her book: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement (2016, New Haven: Yale University Press). This event is part of the Socio-Legal Studies Workshop Book Talks series in which UC Irvine faculty will speak about their recently published books. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy by Wednesday, April 5.

Monday, April 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UCI Law Celebration of Books, Law Library Reading Room
The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Books. Join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from March 2016 to March 2017. Coffee and pastries will be offered beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Library vestibule. The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Joseph DiMento, Catherine Fisk, Melody Lembke, Christopher Leslie, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Katherine Porter, Tony Reese, and Song Richardson. Please RSVP to Heather Alvarado, at

Monday, April 10, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

CLEaR - Jason Okonofua: When Bias and Threat Persistently Interact, LAW 3750
UC Berkeley Professor Jason Okonofua will present his research concerning the interaction between racial stereotypes, expectations, and discipline in teacher-student relationships. More about this event including registration can be found here.

Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

K-12 Education and the Law, EDU 1111
With K-12 education, specifically, charter schools now at the forefront of the national political debate, this panel discussion will facilitate an array of perspectives on how attorneys can work with educators and policymakers to identify and solve problems in K-12 education. Panelists will include law school professors, a professor from the UCI School of Education, and a charter school principal. Co-hosted by uRSA and the Children's Advocacy Group, the discussion will focus primarily on policies and practices that affect underrepresented students (i.e., English Language Learners, Special Education students, and low-income and minority students).

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

Loyola Chicago Patent Law Interview Program Brown Bag Roundtable, LAW 3750
Join us for a roundtable discussion with 2Ls who attended the Loyola Chicago PLIP last year. Topics to be covered include researching law firms/prospective employers, bidding strategy, the relationship between Loyola Chicago PLIP and EIW, and interviewing and callback experiences of the panelists in Chicago last year. Those planning to attend Loyola Chicago PLIP are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP on Symplicity.

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Lost in Translation: Communicating Science to Practitioners and Policymakers, SBSG 1517
Please join us for the 2016-2017 Views By Two series featuring Dr. Susan Turner and Senator Joseph Dunn. Views By Two pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to discuss hot topics in the field of psychology and law. By providing both a researcher and practitioner viewpoint, we hope to start a dialogue that will bridge the gap between scientific research and policy. RSVP here by April 11. For more information about this event and the speakers, please visit our website here.

Thursday, April 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Succeeding During Your Summer At a Law Firm, LAW 3750
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 regarding work productivity and the billable hour. Time will be reserved for student questions. RSVP on Symplicity.

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kading Briggs LLP Presents Top 10 Do's and Don'ts To Get An Offer From Your Summer Job at a Firm, Glenn Briggs' Home
Kading Briggs attorneys will share their experiences and perspectives from their time as summer associates. Transportation will be provided from UCI to Glenn Briggs' home where the event will be held. Appetizers will be served and the attire is business professional. RSVP by email to Melissa Weisbender by April 10th.

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Artistic Freedom Around the World, Beverly Hills, CA
Join international artists and activists dedicated to Artistic Freedom of Expression, including Ole Reitov of Freemuse and Svetlana Mintcheva of National Coalition Against Censorship at Marc Selwyn Fine Art for an evening reception. Speakers include: Jim Prince, Artistic Freedom Center President; David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Featuring Bassem Youssef: the Jon Stewart of the Middle East. More information can be found here.


Spring 2017 Instructor Evaluations

Over the next few weeks, instructor evaluations will be administered during the first or last 10 minutes in your classes. You can access available evaluations at (also available on the Student Portal under Registration). Electronically submitted teaching evaluations are stored separately from any identifiable information, and are presented in a completely anonymous manner to instructors and administrative staff. Authentication is required only to ensure that only one evaluation is submitted per student per instructor. Professors and administrative staff have access to the anonymous evaluations including the comments, but have no way to associate an evaluation with a specific student other than the text submitted by the student. 

Academic Advising Appointments

Academic advising appointments with Dean Schroeder are now available. Please make an appointment through Debbie Mondares. It is much easier for Debbie if you call her (949-824-8395) or stop by her desk; please do not email her

CDO: Employer Spotlight 

Throughout the Spring semester, you will have the opportunity to connect with employers through this informal event. Stop by the employer table to get a sense of their practice, culture, and hiring programs. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in the courtyard on the following day(s): Haynes and Boone - Wednesday, April 5; McDermott Will Emery - Tuesday, April 11.

Special Offer To Join Long Beach Inns of Court

The Inns of Court is a well-regarded professional association. The Joseph Ball/Clarence Hunt Long Beach Branch is offering two one-year slots for UCI students who live/work in the Long Beach area (either a rising 3L or a recent graduate). The term begins in September and ends in June. Students/grads must commit to attending 6 of the term’s 7 meetings; meetings are held in the evenings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. In addition to strong mentorship, students will be exposed to some of the best known lawyers and judges in Southern California with programs emphasizing trial practice skills. Student dues are $230. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. This includes 7 "sit down" dinner meetings and various "field trips." If you are interested, please submit a letter applying to the Inn with a copy of your resume. Dean Schroeder will send all the applications to the Inn’s coordinator, who will make the selection. The deadline to apply is April 12.

Mix and Mingle

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Trivia Night with Veterans' Advocacy Society, Anthill Pub
Come play pub trivia and get to know Veterans' Advocacy Society.

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sheppard Mullin - 1L Rock Your Interviews, Costa Mesa
This program is designed to assist diverse law students in the interview process with a roundtable discussion with partners and associates from Sheppard Mullin's Orange County office. All 1L students are welcome to attend and the attire is business casual. RSVP by email to Patty McGraw by Wednesday, April 5. 

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kading Briggs - 1L & 2L Reception, Irvine
Kading and Briggs is hosting a reception at their Irvine office for 1Ls and 2Ls who will be working in law firms this summer. All Kading Briggs lawyers have worked at big law firms and received offers as summer associates from firms including O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Paul Hastings and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. They have served on recruiting and summer associate committees and are eager to share their unique perspectives on how to maximize your summer experience. RSVP by email to Melissa Weisbender

Scholarships and Fellowships

Thursday, April 20

Orange County Women Lawyers Association July Bar Stipend Application Deadline
OCWLA is pleased to provide the Bar Stipend Award to worthy law students about to take the bar exam. Offered twice a year, the award is given to the student(s) that best exemplifies the mission of OCWLA, and a commitment to scholarship, community service, advancement of women or women's issues, financial need, and to Orange County. Download Application.

Thursday, April 20

Orange County Women Lawyers Association Diversity Bar Stipend Award Application Deadline
OCWLA awards a $1000 Diversity Stipend to a recent law school graduate with a minority ethnic background and achievements and contributions in scholarship, community service, advancement of diversity or diversity issues. Financial need and connection to Orange County are also considered. Download Application.

Writing Competitions

Monday, April 3

Rule of Law Competition Entry Deadline
Entries are due no later than April 3, 2017. Rules, topics and materials are available at

Friday, April 14

ABA Section of Family Law Schwab Essay Contest 2017 Deadline
Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. This contest is open to 2L and 3L students. More information can be found here.

Saturday, July 1

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Student Writing Competition Deadline
All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CST. More information can be found here.

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.