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UC Irvine School of Law • February 26, 2017

Tuesday, March 7

The Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California 2017 Diversity Bar Scholarship Deadline
The Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California is pleased to announce its 2017 Diversity Bar Scholarship. The application can be found here. The deadline is March 7.

Friday, March 10

Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Awards
EJW awards are presented annually to eight law students from Equal Justice Works member schools who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. The Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more. Apply here by March 10.

Friday, March 10

2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program Registration Deadline
Online registration is now open for the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer for patent law employers to interview law students for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. To register, students must meet the March 10 deadline (students will upload resumes and bid on interviews later in the semester). Registration confirmation emails include vital information next steps. Please notify Jon Trujillo if you don't receive a confirmation email upon submission. 

Friday, March 10

K&L Gates Kickstarter Program Application Deadline
K&L Gates invites 1Ls who self-identify as diverse, or who are current or former U.S. service members, to attend a two-day seminar designed to educate 1Ls about the practice of law at a global law firm.  The program will prepare you for the transition to summer associate and practicing lawyer by providing specialized educational sessions, resources, and mentoring opportunities. To apply send a resume and 500-word statement of interest to Beth Maoui by Friday, March 10 at 12:00pm.  For more information, see the program flyer.

Friday, March 31

The Law School Admission Council's Diversity Committee Writing Competition Deadline
The topic for the competition is Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession. More information about the competition can be found here.

Friday, March 31

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Diversity Scholarship Deadline
Qualified applicants are currently enrolled, first-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools who: contribute to the diverse background of a law school's student body; demonstrate strong academic achievement; demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. More information can be found here.

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.


Monday, March 6, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture, EDU 1111
This year's Raymond Pryke First Amendment Law Lecture will feature Laura Weinrib, Assistant Professor of Law, Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar and Associate Member Department of History, at The University of Chicago, Law School. As part of the Raymond Pryke Endowed Chair in First Amendment Law, UCI Law hosts an annual lecture on First Amendment Law, delivered by a top national expert. The Raymond Pryke Endowed Chair solidifies the UC Irvine School of Law’s teaching and research in First Amendment and Media Law. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky currently holds this chair, and serves as a national opinion leader in free speech and media law issues. RSVP here.

First Year Fridays

March 3

Mid-semester Review Week

Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mandatory for 1Ls: CORE Clinic Information Session (CCIS)
The CCIS will consist of two separate group sessions. Students in Professor Min's and Professor Litman's classes will meet in EDU 1111 the first day and go to the courtyard for the second day. Students in Professor Lee's and Professor Chacon's classes will meet in the courtyard for the first day and will meet in EDU 1111 for the second day.  Lunch will be provided for the EDU 1111 sessions only. Students will learn about each of the UCI Law core clinics, as well as how to submit their preferences for core clinic selection. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with current clinic students about their experiences, so we recommend that 1Ls come prepared to ask questions to help with the selection process. The Clinic administrators will send out more detailed information about the event to the 1L’s, along with descriptions of our clinics.


Monday, March 6

PILF General Meeting, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Thursday, March 9

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 4850, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Session, Los Angeles
Join CAALA to be a part of a discussion that may help your transition from law school into the legal profession. For more information, visit here

Friday, March 3, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

CLEANR Affordable Housing and Land Use Regulation in California, EDU 1111
California’s housing crisis continues to worsen as more than thirty percent of homeowners and nearly half of all renters spend more than one-third of their household income on housing. Populations critical to thriving cities—teachers, service workers and first responders—are at the forefront of the struggle and the state’s rate of homelessness remains higher than the national average. Join us for a day-long exploration of the legal challenges facing housing strategies, including lessons from other states and the status of recently adopted and potential state legislation to come. RSVP here.

Monday, March 6, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarizations in Redistricting and Voting Cases, Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway 1321
Professor Rick Hasen will present Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarizations in Redistricting and Voting Cases. Professor Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. Please RSVP to or contact Shani Brasier at 949-824-2904. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, March 7, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Community Fellows Information Session, MPAA 420
The Office of Student Life is seeking 20-25 upper class students to serve as Community Fellows to the incoming class of 2020.  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 Jennah Jones, talk to a current CF, or attend this information session.  Don’t worry, you CAN still apply to be a Community Fellow, even if you are not able to attend the information session. 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 20.

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

Tax Law Career Panel, EDU 1111
Hans Famularo of the IRS: Office of Chief Counsel and Douglas Schaaf of Paul Hastings, LLP will speak on a panel to students about careers in tax law.

Tuesday, March 7, 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

ASW Celebration of Diversity Information Session, MPAA 408
This information session for student organization leaders will cover all aspects of the inaugural "Celebrate Diversity #SoUCILaw Brunch Drop In." If your student organization is interested in participating in this exciting new venture, please sign up on this google spreadsheet, and include what food (if any) you would like to bring. If your group is on the fence about participating, you can always sign-up after the information session. The sign-up will be available until Friday, March 17. Questions regarding this opportunity can be sent to Estuardo Ponciano and/or Jennah Jones.

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm

Center for Psychology and Law Film Screening: They Call Us MonstersCrystal Cove Auditorium - UCI Student Center
Join the Center for Psychology and Law for a screening of They Call Us Monsters. After the film screening, there will be a discussion about the film with Orange County defense attorney Kate Corrigan and former California State Senator Joseph Dunn. They Call Us Monsters documents the experience of three juvenile offenders who face adult sentences for their crimes. The boys are placed in a Los Angeles facility that houses serious violent offenders. You can watch the trailer here. The film has been nominated for and has won several awards from film festivals across the country. The screening will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the juvenile justice system.

Wednesday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Interviewing Children to Obtain Reliable Evidence: Considerations and Challenges, EDU 1131
In this presentation, Dr. Jodi Quas will review research findings including best-practice interviewing strategies that increase children’s initial willingness to disclose negative experiences; increase the amount of detail children provide about those experiences; and reduce children’s tendency to err. She will also describe ongoing controversies regarding interviewing practices and children’s reporting tendencies. The research presented is relevant to a range of legal, scientific, and other professionals who work with children and who are charged with the sometimes task of obtaining reliable and useful information from children about their knowledge, needs, or experiences. This event is presented by the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV). Register here.

Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 pm

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, UCI Student Center Crystal Cove Auditorium
Harvard sociologist and award-winning author Matthew Desmond will receive the UC Irvine Human Security Award and discuss his latest book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, listed on The New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016. Prof. Desmond's Keynote lecture with Q&A will be followed by a book signing. Open to the public. Event details can be found here.

Thursday, March 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

GLAS Book Talk - David Sloss, LAW 3500
Join the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society for a discussion with Professor David Sloss (Santa Clara University of Law) about his new book, The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional Change (Oxford 2016). Light lunch will be served. RSVP to

Thursday, March 9, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Women's Issues Film Night: Vessel, EDU 1111
Please join If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a screening of the documentary Vessel depicting one doctor's journey to provide access to safe abortions around the world in areas where it has been made unlawful. A reception will be held in the law school courtyard prior to the screening with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Friday, March 10, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

CLEANR: Food Security and Sustainability, LAW 3600
The purpose of this roundtable is to examine the relationship between security and sustainability. To what extent do these two legal frames complement and contradict one another? In bringing together academics, practitioners, activists, and students, this roundtable sets a relatively straightforward but ambitious agenda: to identify legal reforms that advance the goals of both food security and environmental sustainability.

Friday, March 10, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Workshop - Amy Magnus, Criminology, Law and Society, LAW 3500
Amy Magnus will present: Crossed Over or Crossed Out? A Critical Assessment of Specialized Juvenile and Family Justice Initiatives. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy

Tuesday, March 14, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

UCDC Program Information Session, MPAA 420
Please join UCDC Law Program Director, Nicole Lehtman, on March 14 for an information session about externship opportunities in Washington DC through the UCDC Law Program. Lunch will be provided. Nicole will also be available to meet individually with students on March 14. If you would like to schedule an individual advising session, please go to our Doodle poll ( and select a timeslot that works for you. 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 Fall 2017 and can be found at Students may contact Program Director, Nicole Lehtman at with any questions about UCDC. 

1Ls & 2Ls: Thursday, March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

JD/MBA Concurrent Degree Program: Lunch Info Session, Merage School of Business, SB 1, Suite 5200
UCI’s School of Law and Paul Merage School of Business offer a successful JD/MBA Concurrent Degree program. Students can earn both degrees in 4 years, one year less than if enrolled in both programs separately. Join us at the upcoming Information Session to learn details about the JD/MBA program, including the admissions process, program requirements, and employment benefits. Hear from alumni and current students in the program. RSVP here by March 10 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you. 

Save the Date: Monday, March 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2L Early Bar Prep, EDU 1111
There will be two sessions to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  Both sessions 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. The second 2L session will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in EDU 1111. 


Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 3

Mid-Semester Review Week
The Law School and Law School Library will remain open.

Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Class of 2017 Grad Fair, Courtyard
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.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to place orders, connect with on-campus resources, and touch base with your 3L Class Reps! 

Vagina Monologues Ticket Sales

Tickets for the March 22 and March 23 performance of Vagina Monologues will be on sale in the courtyard from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on the following dates: March 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22. Baked goods will also be sold in exchange for donations of any amount.

PILF Student-Faculty Auction
March 6, 10:00 am  - March 12, 8:00 pm

PILF will be launching its annual online Student-Faculty Auction on Monday, March 6. Exciting auction items this year include: coffee and movie night with Professors Chacon and Glater, a food tour of Orange County with Professor Lee, hike and picnic with Professor Whytock, poker night with Professor Leslie, and much more! The auction will close at 8:00 pm on March 12, so strategize wisely with your friends!

ASP MBE Tips and Strategies Sessions
Monday, March 6, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, MPAA 420
Thursday March 16, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, EDU 1121

ASP is pleased to offer two dates and times for small group sessions on MBE Tips and Strategies. Both sessions will cover the same content and you can sign up on the ASP TWEN page. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

CDO: Spring Interview Program

Spring Interview Program: The 2017 Spring Interview Program is underway on Symplicity. Employers will schedule interviews with 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls either at UCI Law, by phone/skype, or at employer offices throughout the month of March. You can access the session through the OCI module on the left side of your screen, by selecting the "UCI Law 2017 Spring Interview Program." The next deadline is: 1Ls & 2Ls: Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Hardcore Gang Division (Los Angeles, CA) - March 1.

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 days: 
Tuesday, March 7 - Justice in Aging
Tuesday, March 21 - Wilson Sonsini

Pre-Law Outreach Program (POP) - Help Needed

Every summer our school hosts a Pre-Law Outreach Program (“POP”) for college students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  This is one of just a few such intensive programs in the country, aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. POP participants learn from attorneys, faculty, staff, and current UCI Law students about what is needed to be admitted into and excel in law school.  Here are some ways you can help: 1) Spread the word. 2) Review POP applications. 3) Volunteer as a POP mentor.  4) Serve as a TA. Please contact Grace Lee to express your interest or ask questions.

Mix and Mingle

Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Haynes and Boone, LLP - 1L Reception, Costa Mesa
This 1L reception is for UCI Law students only. The dress is business casual. Appetizers and drinks will be served. RSVP to Allison Solis by March 1st and include a copy of your resume and law school transcript. 

Thursday, March 9,  5:00 pm

Bowling with the Community Fellows, Irvine Lanes
Save the date for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun with your classmates at the bowling alley. 1Ls, please be on the lookout for an e-mail from your Community Fellows for details on how to sign-up.

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

Sheppard Mullin - 1L Reception, Eureka!
This 1L reception is for UCI Law students only. The dress is business casual. Please RSVP by Friday, March 10 to Patty McGraw (Recruiting Coordinator) with subject line "UCI Reception."

Monday, March 20 and Monday, March 27, 5:00pm

K&L Gates Kickstarter Program, K&L Gates Irvine Office
K&L Gates invites 1Ls who self-identify as diverse, or who are current or former U.S. service members, to attend a two-day seminar designed to educate 1Ls about the practice of law at a global law firm.  The program will prepare you for the transition to summer associate and practicing lawyer by providing specialized educational sessions, resources, and mentoring opportunities. To apply send a resume and 500-word statement of interest to Beth Maoui by Friday, March 10 at 12:00pm. For more information, see the program 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.