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UC Irvine School of Law • February 5, 2017

Tuesday, February 7

UCI OCEANS Graduate Student Fellowship Application Deadline
UCI OCEANS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for graduate students interested in coast and oceans related research. Proposals will be accepted from any UCI graduate student in good standing who is studying oceans, coastlines, or beaches. For details on the application process, visit

Friday, February 10

17th Annual Wm. Matthew Byrne Jr. Judicial Clerkship Institute Application Deadline
The Institute will be on March 16-17 (Thursday-Friday) at Pepperdine Law School. This program is dedicated to promoting justice and the federal judiciary through training federal judicial law clerks. Deadline to apply is February 10. For more information, visit here

Tuesday, February 14

The California Bar Foundation's 2017 3L Diversity Scholarship Application Deadline
This scholarship provides a free Barbri bar review course and a living stipend to diverse law students who are taking the July 2017 California bar exam. Any diverse 3L who has a deep commitment to social justice and public service, who plans to take the July 2017 California bar, and who intends to practice law in California is eligible to apply. The application can be found here.

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 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.

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, February 6, 12:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Renewing Free Speech on Campuses, EDU 1111
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman will discuss their forthcoming book, Renewing Free Speech on Campus (Yale University Press).  They will explore the tension between the psychological harms of hateful speech or bullying and the social harms of censorship or the punishment of dissent.

Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Barbara Hadsell - Private Interest Lawyering in a Private Law Firm, EDU 1111
Barbara Hadsell has litigated extensively in state and federal courts in the areas of civil rights, constitutional and international human rights law.  She was co-lead trial counsel overseeing the effort of a team of over twenty lawyers from around the country against global energy giant Chevron for its involvement in deaths and other human rights abuses occurring in the rich oil producing region of the Niger Delta following environmental protests. Ms. Hadsell has litigated employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower cases, with settlements totaling in the many millions of dollars. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law.

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

Initiative to End Family Violence Lecture Series - Coach Eric Dixon, EDU 1111
The IEFV presents Coach Eric Dixion who will provide a lecture titled Child Abuse and the Restoration of Inner-Strength & Spiritual Edification. More information can be found here.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UCI Center for Psychology and Law Brown Bag Speaker Series, Social Ecology I - Room 112
Please join us for our Winter Quarter Brown Bag Speaker Series event "Improving Children’s Testimony: Turning Difficulties Into Strengths" featuring a presentation by Professor Thomas Lyon. This event is free to attend and is open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the UCI Center for Psychology and Law.

Monday, February 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CLEANR - Wayne Pacelle: The Humane Economy, EDU 1111
The Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources presents Wayne Pacelle (President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States) in a discussion of his newest book: The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals (HarperCollins 2016). The Humane Economy explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them. At once a major examination of the economics of animal exploitation and a powerful call-to-action, The Humane Economy tells a story happening in real time of businesses succeeding – indeed thriving – as they embrace the sensibilities and values of the 21st century. Details at For more information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact RSVP here.

First Year Fridays

Friday, February 10

We encourage students to attend the Student Sponsored Symposium presented by APALSA, BLSA & LLSA, “Race of the Races: Privilege, Exclusion and Inequality Among People of Color in the Law." Registration for this symposium can be found here.

Friday, February 17

Legal Research Practicum, 10:25 – 11:55 am

Save the Date: 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, February 6

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

International Journal Meeting, LAW 4850, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, February 7

LLSA General Meeting, EDU 1131, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday, February 13

APALSA Spring General Meeting, EDU 1131, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Wednesday, February 15

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 3500, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Monday, February 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2017 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition: Drafting Terms Agreements Workshop, School of Business Building 2 - 122
This workshop will be presented by Business School Professor, Max Chao. Prof. Chao has extensive experience in both business and transactional law.  He worked as a supervising senior auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick and a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He later established his own law firm where he advises a wide range of clients, including high-wealth individuals, partnerships, multi-national corporations, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and oversees clients. Students participating in the 2017 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

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

2017 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition: Negotiations Workshop, School of Business Building 2 - 117
This workshop will be presented by Business School Professor, Dr. Chris Bauman. Dr. Bauman taught previously at Northwestern University and the University of Washington. He teaches Negotiations, Business Ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility, among other classes. His research focuses on information processing in negotiation and its implications for tactics that can increase individual or mutual gains. Students participating in the 2017 UCI Technology and Entrepreneurship Competition are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

Tuesday, February 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Potential Impact of Trump's Push for School Choice-What Does the Evidence Suggest?, School of Education Room 2024
President Trump and Betsy DeVos, his nominee for secretary of education, are proponents of school choice, including the use of vouchers and charter schools. The effects of such policies on achievement and achievement gaps are mixed. In this discussion, we will explore arguments on both sides of the school choice debate and examine the positions of important stakeholders. Information: Christopher Stillwell - Flyer:

Tuesday, February 7, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Impacts of Trump’s Presidency on US Education, and What Anteaters Can Do, School of Education Room 2010
Come join an ongoing discussion about issues related to US education and the impact of the Trump administration, and learn about opportunities to make a difference. A diversity of perspectives is welcomed and encouraged for this respectful and constructive discussion Information: Christopher Stillwell - Flyer:

Wednesday, February 8, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

3L Early Bar Prep, EDU 1131
This session will cover general information about the bar exam, detailed information regarding each of its components, and a breakdown of the general skills tested on each portion. We will also discuss the various resources and programming available, including tips on choosing a bar prep company, and the summer UCI Bar Foundations program.

Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives Reading Group: The Legacy of Conquest, LAW 3500
Discussion of the book by Patricia Nelson Limerick will be led by Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow. 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, February 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Department of Justice Legal Hiring Programs, LAW 3750
Join U.S. DOJ Attorney Recruiter, Trisha A. Fillbach, for this presentation on the Department's four legal hiring programs. This presentation will be valuable for all students considering an internship, externship, or career with the Department of Justice. RSVP on Symplicity.

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

CLS: Free Minds Write Lunch, MPAA 408
Please join us in reading and commenting on poetry written by D.C. juvenile defendants.

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

IPCS & BGHP Lunch Panel with WSGR Attorneys, MPAA 420
The Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Society and the Biotech & Global Health Policy Club will be hosting a lunch panel featuring attorneys from Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati P.C. Panel discussion will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn about the differences between careers in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and patent transactions (i.e., monetization), including differences in day-to-day practice, the types of clients, and tips & tricks for launching a career in each area.

Friday, February 10, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Race of the Races: Privilege, Exclusion and Inequality among People of Color in the Law, EDU 1111
The Race of the Races symposium focuses on the inter-group and group-specific experiences of people of color in a legal context. Sociolegal scholars, practitioners, and community organizers have been invited to share their expertise on some of the most salient issues affecting communities of color—higher education, mass criminalization, and employment. Given the recent presidential election, the Race of the Races symposium is being held at an especially critical time. We intend to steer our discussion towards finding opportunities for solidarity across different contexts—the Black Lives Matter movement, immigrant rights’ movement, anti-Islamophobia movement—and identifying what role(s) lawyers and law students can play in dismantling oppressive legal regimes. This symposium is presented by Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA) at UC Irvine. Please RSVP here.

Friday, February 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Equal Justice Works Information Session, LAW 3750
Calling all public interest students! Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit organization that offers a continuum of opportunities targeted at mobilizing the next generation of lawyers toward committing to creating a just society. Michelle Gaeng, Program Specialist, will offer information and advice about postgraduate fellowship opportunities, law student internship opportunities, educational awards for public interest internships, and managing student debt. RSVP on Symplicity.

Saturday, February 11

Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PICD), UCLA
Representatives from public interest organizations, government agencies and offices, and private public interest firms throughout Southern California will be in attendance to talk with and interview 1L, 2L, and 3L students. See the December 21st email from Tiffany Tsao for more information.

Monday, February 13, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium, MPAA 420
Gregg D. Polsky (University of Georgia School of Law) presents: Elite Tax Professionals Behaving Badly: The Sad and Sordid Management Fee Waiver Saga. This colloquium runs every spring. Tax practitioners, faculty from outside the law school, and anyone with a keen interest in tax policy are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Public Service/Public Interest Career Planning, LAW 3750
This workshop is designed for students interested in pursuing public service careers. The presentation will explore approaches to public service career planning, including tips on how to position yourself for a public service career while in law school, hiring programs and fellowships, and creating your personal calendar.

Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

uRSA: Lobbying and Advocacy Outside the Courts, MPAA 420
Professor Davis will be teaching us how to fight outside the court system through lobbying, advocacy, and commenting on agency actions! You will learn how to frame different issues, make allies in federal and state agencies, and grassroots organizing. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, February 17, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Book Talk - Mona Lynch, LAW 3500
Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, will discuss her book, Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court (2016, Russell Sage Foundation). 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. All interested faculty members and law students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy (

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Orange County Coalition for Diversity Law Career Panel and Networking Reception, Orange, CA
A complimentary reception for Southern California law students to meet with law firm attorneys and learn about life and the practice of law in Orange County. The evening will feature a panel presentation and an organized networking reception with a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP here

Thursday, February 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Strategic Career Planning to Maximize Post-Graduate Success, EDU 1131
This interactive program is designed to introduce students to the essential components of a comprehensive and strategic career action plan. The workshop will focus on activities and developing skills that enhance students’ short term and long term employment outcomes and professional success in the private and public sectors. Topics to be discussed include how to formulate a career plan, identify practice areas of interest, research employers, develop relevant substantive expertise, and engage in strategic and productive professional networking. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, share ideas and participate in a group conversation regarding these important topics! 

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. 


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 February and 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 for 2Ls & 3Ls: AARP Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) - February 15.

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: 

Monday, February 6 - Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG), presented by UCI Law Alum, Lieutenant James Yoon ('13)
Tuesday, February 7 - Office of County Counsel, Los Angeles
Tuesday, February 14 - Foley & Lardner 
Tuesday, February 21 - Brown Rudnick
Tuesday, March 7 - Justice in Aging
Tuesday, March 21 - Wilson Sonsini

Law Students with a Campus Housing Lease

1Ls, 2Ls, and 3LsBe on the lookout for lease renewals, which will be sent out soon.  3Ls wishing to extend their leases through bar prep should carefully follow the extension directions. 2Ls and 3Ls enrolled in Quarter-System ClassesAll students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to remain in campus housing.  Unfortunately, Housing can’t tell if a law student is enrolled in a quarter-system class that puts them over the 12 unit minimum.  If you get a letter saying you are under-enrolled, please carefully read and follow the instructions on how to prove to Housing that you are enrolled in 12 units (or more). 

WLS Valentine Grams Fundraiser

The Women's Law Society will be selling Valentine Grams in the courtyard from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on weekdays from Monday, February 6, through Monday, February 13. All proceeds will support the Women's Law Society.

SBA Class Gift Tabling

Representatives from the Student Bar Association will be fundraising in the courtyard from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, until Thursday, February 23. Stop by and learn more about the class gift and pledge!

Mix and Mingle

Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 am - 1:30 pm

IRAP Waffle Wednesday, Courtyard
IRAP will be hosting a love-themed Waffle Wednesday on February 15th in the Courtyard. We're offering up gourmet waffle creations and a chance for you to get a little good karma. Come eat some delicious waffles and support a good cause! 

Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Knobbe Martens 2017 Cocktail Reception, Irvine
Knobbe Martens invites 1L, 2L, and 3L students with a technical background and an interest in IP law to attend. RSVP to Candice Lee with a resume by February 8.

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.