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UC Irvine School of Law • January 8, 2017

Tuesday, January 17

2016-2017 MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program
Since MALDEF's (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) founding, the civil rights organization has supported the next generation of civil rights advocates for the Latinx community.  Every year, approximately 10-15 students are awarded scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each. MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Candidates intending to matriculate to law school in the fall of 2017 are also invited to apply.  Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latinx civil rights in their careers. The scholarship application can be found here.

Friday, January 20, 12:00 pm (Spring Semester)

Spring Semester Enrollment Deadlines
The deadline to add/drop a course for the spring semester is Friday, January 20 at 12:00 pm. For more details, please see a November 16 email from the Law School Registrar, Stephanie Santoro.

Friday, January 20

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline 
The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to offer five scholarships of $2,000 each. Applications are currently being accepted from law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community. Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017. The scholarship application and instructions are available at

Monday, January 23, 5:00 pm

Bidding Deadline for Public Interest Career Day (PICD)
Join students from throughout Southern California and representatives from more than 100 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and private public interest-oriented law firms. This event provides law students an opportunity to meet and interview with public interest and public sector legal organizations. Register online here. Please find complete instructions (including username and password information) here. For more information, please see a December 21 email from CDO Assistant Director, Tiffany Tsao. The deadline for uploading your resumes and cover letters and for bidding is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 23. Please contact Tiffany Tsao if you have any questions.

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.

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.


Monday, January 9, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Moot Argument, Hernandez v. Mesa, LAW 3750
***NOTE*** Because of the highly confidential nature of a Supreme Court moot, this event is not open to the public. UCI Law Students must show their student IDs to attend the argument. Hernandez v. Mesa will be argued before the United States Supreme Court at the end of February.  The case involves a federal border patrol agent who, while policing the United States border in El Paso, Texas, shot a 15-year old Mexican national who was standing in Juarez, Mexico.  The issues in the case are (1) whether the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution applies extraterritorially to this cross-border shooting; (2) whether the border patrol agent is shielded by qualified immunity; and (3) whether the U.S. Constitution provides the victim’s family with a cause of action to sue the border patrol agent. 

Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Brown Club OC hosts: Health Reform After the 2016 Elections, Argyros Family Lecture Hall, Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach
Professor Eric Patashnik, Director of the Brown Public Policy Program, will discuss the Affordable Care Act and the future of health care in the United States as President-Elect Trump plans to take office. Tickets are free for students. For tickets and more information click here or contact Scott at or 949-636-1975.

Thursday, January 12, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

UCI Law’s Report on Diversity and Inclusion: Town Hall, EDU 1111
Join Dean Chemerinsky for a Town Hall discussion of UCI Law’s Report on Diversity and Inclusion. Please RSVP here by January 9th to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Thursday, January 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Jennifer Granick - Civil Liberties and Cyber Security, EDU 1111
Jennifer Granick is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. She is the author of a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press entitled American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It. From 2001 to 2007, Granick was Executive Director of CIS and taught Cyberlaw, Computer Crime Law, Internet intermediary liability, and Internet law and policy. From 2007 to 2010 she served as the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Granick practices, speaks, and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, security vulnerability disclosure, encryption policy, and the Fourth Amendment. In March of 2016, she received Duo Security’s Women in Security Academic Award for her expertise in the field as well as her direction and guidance for young women in the security industry. Before teaching at Stanford, Granick spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. Please RSVP here by January 16 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

First Year Fridays

Friday, January 13 (2 Sessions)

Session 1 - CDO: Interviewing Workshop and Public Interest Career Day (PICD) Information Session
Min & Litman: EDU 1111, 10:20 am – 11:20 am
Lee & Chacon: EDU 1131, 10:20 am – 11:20 am
Lunch will be served from 11:20 am – 11:50 am in the Law School courtyard.

Session 2 - Explanation and Interpretation of Grades (Mandatory)
All Mods: Business School Auditorium, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Food is not allowed in the Auditorium.

Friday, January 20

First Year Friday: Student Services & ASP: Obtaining and Evaluating Last Semester’s Exams
The best way to improve your law school performance going forward is to review and assess your final exams and overall performance last semester. Come learn how to identify which study and exam-taking skills and strategies worked for you vs. which ones you may want to consider changing and how.  Director of Student Life Jennah Jones will explain the process for checking out your fall semester exams, and ASP Professors Sue Kung and Queena Mewers will explain how to use your fall semester exams to self-assess and get useful feedback from your professors.
All Mods: EDU 1111, 10:20 am - 11:20 am
Light breakfast will be served.


Monday, January 9

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

Tuesday, January 10

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


Tuesday, January 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CDO Employer Spotlight: Paul Hastings LLP, Courtyard
Stop by the table in the courtyard to meet attorney’s from Paul Hastings LLP and learn about the global law firm (with offices in Orange County and Los Angeles).  Between 12-1pm attorney’s will answer questions, share perspectives, and discuss their summer and attorney recruitment programs.  

Tuesday, January 10, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mock Trial Information Session, EDU 1111
Students interested in participating in UCI Law’s Fifth Annual Mock Trial Competition should attend the informational meeting on January 10 at Noon in EDU 1111. The informational meeting will discuss the format of the competition and other details. The Final Trial in the competition is scheduled for March 15, 2017. Preliminary rounds begin in February. The competition is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. 1Ls, though not eligible to compete, may still participate as witnesses. In addition to learning about the competition, this information session is the last opportunity for 2L and 3L students to volunteer to be on the Mock Trial Board. A Board is essential if the competition is to be held this year. The Mock Trial Competition will NOT go forward if there are fewer than five volunteers for the Board. Students can be members of the Board AND compete in Mock Trial. The Board organizes and runs the contest; signs up students for the competition; schedules the practice, preliminary, and final rounds; and secures judges, witnesses, and jurors, among other things. Board members do not judge the competition and have no influence on which students advance to upper rounds.

Friday, January 13, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

CLEANR - Marine Protected Areas RoundtableSocial and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG) 1517
Against the backdrop of California’s ongoing assessment of its MPA network, this roundtable builds on a June 2016 scoping session and convenes experts and practitioners to explore the goals of MPAs in dynamic conditions, opportunities to overcome regulatory fragmentation in water quality monitoring, and the lessons in promoting coordination. Developed in partnership with UCI OCEANS and working with state and local entities. Event information can be found here.

Friday, January 13, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Workshop - Nick Marantz, Planning, Policy, and Design, LAW 3500
Nick Marantz will present Redevelopment in California, 1945-1988: From "slum" clearance to tax revenue capture. The Socio-Legal Studies Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar that meets selected Fridays over lunch (12-1:15 pm) in the Law School (Room 3500H). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy (

Saturday, January 14, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In & Training: Mobilizing for Justice in the Post-Election Era, UC Irvine School of Law
Following the November 8th election, there have been many concerns raised by the UCI Law community about the effects of the new administration upon the most vulnerable in our community, as well as the long term policy implications. This event is an opportunity for UC Irvine School of Law faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local attorneys to come together to discuss the potential effects of a new presidential administration on a variety of legal practices. Event details and registration information can be found here.

Tuesday, January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Admissions Ambassador Appreciation Lunch AND Call for More Volunteers, EDU 1131
Thank you to all of our wonderful 1L, 2L, and 3L Ambassadors who did such a great job during the fall semester welcoming prospective students to campus!  In recognition of your efforts, the Admissions Office is hosting a luncheon for you in appreciation of the meaningful impact you have made.  Also, for any newcomers, PLEASE join us and hear from experienced Ambassadors about how you can help recruit the Class of 2020 with law school tours, classroom escorts, phone outreach, and through many other opportunities to influence excited admits at Admitted Students Weekend on April 7 and 8. If you remember how welcoming this experience was or just want to make a difference, than please RSVP by Tuesday, January 16 to Katie Rohner,, so we can order plenty of food.

Friday, January 20, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Book Talk - Keramet Reiter, Criminology, Law, and Society, LAW 3500
Keramet Reiter will speak about her recently published book Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement (2016, New Haven: Yale University Press). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy (

Thursday, January 26, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) Road Show, LAW 4850
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 meeting IP practitioners in OC and LA, this will be an invaluable opportunity. Pizza and refreshments will be provided! PLEASE RSVP ON SYMPLICITY.

Early Bar Prep - Save the Dates

Session One:  Wednesday, 3/22 (Dean Chemerinsky is speaking), 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Session Two:  Monday, 3/27 or Thursday 3/30, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Session Three: Monday 4/3 or Thursday 4/6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
ASP will send you more information regarding the contents of each week’s session as we get closer to the dates.  For now, please note that during the first week, there is only one session because Dean Chemerinsky will be delivering some key information during this session only.  


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 16

The Law School and Law School Library will be closed.

2017 Graduation and 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 their 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 will need to 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 website of the State Bar Associations.
-Please be sure the complete any portion you are responsible for. 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 the State Bar Associations.  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.

2017 Commencement Website is Live

The updated Commencement website is now live! Feel free to share the link with you family and friends.

Mix and Mingle

Monday, January 9, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Halfway Done with Law School Celebration for 2Ls, Courtyard
2Ls please join Dean Chemerinsky in the courtyard to celebrate your accomplishments over the past year and a half. You are officially halfway done with law school. There will be cake and pizza! In the event of rain or poor weather, the celebration will be moved to EDU 1111.

Wednesday, January 11, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

1L Mentor Reception, Division of Continuing Education
First meeting and networking opportunity for UCI Law 1L students with their lawyer mentors. Directions to this event 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.