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UC Irvine School of Law • March 12, 2017

Commencement Deadlines

Graduating students are reminded to review the 2017 Commencement site for various deadlines and information related to commencement. All commencement related tasks can be completed by following the instructions listed on the site. Some of the upcoming deadlines are:
Thursday, March 16 - Deadline to place order for regalia rental.
Friday, March 24 - Deadline to ensure your name appears correctly on your diploma.
Friday, March 24 - Deadline to ensure your mailing address is correct. This is the address your diploma will be sent to.

Wednesday, March 15

Deadline to register for "Becoming a Professional - Developing Essential Skills for Building a Successful Legal Career"
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 28, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Newport Beach. This program brings together the four OC law schools to learn the "how and why" to developing the personal and social skills necessary for a successful career in the law. Learn the basics of how to build business relationships, survive difficult situations, network and create a positive professional image. Space is limited to the first 15 students. To register, please email Jon Trujillo.

Deadline Extended - Wednesday, March 15

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 15 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.

Monday, March 20, 12:00 pm

Community Fellow Application Deadline
Community Fellow applications (found here) must be submitted in person to the front desk in Student Services (EDU 1000). Applicants will sign up for an interview at the front desk when turning in their application.


Thursday, March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Kristen Monsell, Staff Attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, EDU 1111
Kristen Monsell, is a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. She works with the Center’s Oceans program to protect marine species and their habitat. She is an outspoken opponent of offshore fracking. Before joining the Center, Kristen worked as a staff attorney at The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University. Please RSVP here by March 13 to guarantee that lunch will be ordered for you.

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

Guest Speaker Series: Julie Su, California Labor Commissioner, EDU 1111
Julie Su, California’s Labor Commissioner, is a nationally recognized expert on workers’ rights and civil rights who has dedicated her legal career to advancing justice on behalf of poor and disenfranchised communities. A MacArthur Foundation "Genius," Su is known for pioneering a multi-strategy approach that combines successful impact litigation with multiracial organizing, community education, policy reform, coalition building, and media work. Su is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Please RSVP here by March 20 to guarantee that lunch will be ordered for you. 

First Year Fridays

Thursday March 16, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Mandatory for Min's & Litman's Classes: How to Register for Fall Classes, EDU 1111
Lunch will be served after this session.

Friday March 17, 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Mandatory for Lee's & Chacon's Classes: How to Register for Fall Classes, EDU 1111
Lunch will be served.

Friday March 24, 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

CDO: Finding and Applying for Judicial Clerkships, MPAA 420
Learn the “nuts and bolts” of putting together your judicial clerkship application materials, when and how to apply, and what judges look for when making hiring decisions. Please RSVP on Symplicity to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

NALSA - Student-run Symposium: Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities
In the afternoon, we encourage students to attend the Student-run Symposium presented by NALSA: Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities. More information can be found here.


Monday, March 13

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

Monday, March 20

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

Tuesday, March 21

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 4850, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


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

Apportionment and the State Corporate Income Tax: Past, Present and Possible Future, MPAA 420
Presented by Darien Shanske (UC Davis) as part of the Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium. This colloquium brings leading tax scholars and tax-policy experts to present their works in progress. Anyone with a keen interest in tax policy is welcome to attend. RSVP here.

Monday, March 13, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dean Chemerinsky Discusses His Latest Book: Closing the Courthouse Door, EDU 1111
Professor Rick Hasen will interview Dean Chemerinsky about his new book, Closing the Courthouse Door: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable. An audience Q&A, book signing and reception will follow. The book is available for  sale at Yale University Press. Livestream will also be available here.

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. 

Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

(Un)Making a Murderer: Responses and Remedies for Wrongful Conviction, UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom B
Presented by Jon Eldan, an attorney in Oakland, California and the Director and Founder of After Innocence. Mr. Eldan founded After Innocence in 2015, after more than a decade of volunteer work on behalf of exonerees after release. After Innocence provides more than 400 exonerees with one-on-one, start-to-finish help with accessing and making good use of health care and public benefits, and legal services, and also advocates for the passage of laws that provide exonerees with meaningful compensation and re-entry support. His work has been profiled in recent articles by The Marshall Project and Berkeley Law, and he was recently named an Emerson Fellow. RSVP here.

Thursday March 16, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

ASP MBE Tips and Strategies Sessions, 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:

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. 

Thursday, March 16, 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kickoff for National Registry of Exonerations, UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom
Please join the UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society to welcome the arrival of the National Registry of Exonerations, the definitive repository of data about exonerations in the United States, and honor our benefactors Denise Foderaro and Frank Quattrone. Panel discussions are scheduled starting at 2:30 pm, featuring UCI Law professors Elizabeth Loftus and Henry Weinstein. At 5:00 pm, a celebration program will be held, with Prof. Henry Weinstein serving as Master of Ceremonies and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky among the featured speakers. The event schedule and details here. Please contact with questions.

Thursday, March 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A book talk on Failed Promises by David M. Konisky will be hosted by CLEaR, CLEANR, and ELS. RSVP to Andrea Levenson: For more information or to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email

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

Socio-Legal Book Talk - Susan Coutin, LAW 3500
Susan Coutin of Criminology Law & Society, and Anthropology, will discuss her book, Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence (May 2016, Duke University Press). All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy.

Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Faculty/Adjunct Fall Course Panel, EDU 1111
Full-time faculty and adjuncts/lecturers will discuss upper-level classes they will teach this Fall. Emphasis will be placed on describing seminars and classes that cover unfamiliar topics. Q & A will follow the presentations. Please RSVP here by March 20 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Road Show, LAW 3750
LAIPLA will visit UCI Law 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. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Friday, March 24, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles In Indigenous Communities Student-run Symposium, MPAA 420 and EDU 1111
This symposium will gather indigenous people together to discuss the realities of blood quantum and identity in Indian Country and Native Nations' battles for sovereignty. The symposium is broken down into two main topics: “Blood Quantum, Culture, Lineage, and Identity” and “The Fight for Sovereignty.” The first panel will focus on the intersections of the above topics and how they affect tribal communities. The second panel will focus more closely on legal battles that Native peoples are facing in the judicial system currently. Register here.

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, March 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Post-Graduate Fellowship Information Session, MPAA 430
This presentation will provide an overview of post-graduate public interest fellowships with a discussion on Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Soros Fellowships as well as information about finding smaller foundation and agency-based fellowships. 2Ls who intend to pursue public interest  post-grad are strongly encouraged to attend, and 1L students interested in looking ahead are also welcome! During the second half of this program Susan Butler Plum, the Founding Director of the Skadden Fellowship Program, will present (via Skype) an inside perspective on the Skadden application process. Lunch will be provided. RSVP on Symplicity.


Sunday, March 12, 2:00 am
Daylight Saving Time Begins

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Sunday, March 12!

PILF Student-Faculty Auction

The annual PILF Student-Faculty Auction is live. 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 19, so strategize wisely with your friends!

Monday, March 13 - Wednesday, March 15, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bar Prep Fair

UCI Law is hosting Bar Week in the courtyard to give students the opportunity to learn about the various products and services offered by many of the prominent bar review companies operating in Southern California.

Wednesday, March 15 - Sunday, March 19
Parking Impacts

Heavy traffic is expected for the Pan Jiu-Jitsu tournament at the Bren Events Center on Wednesday, March 15, through Sunday, March 19. The impacted areas include Mesa Road, West Peltason Drive, Mesa Parking Structure, and parking lots 14 and 14A. For a map of the affected area, please click here. Additional parking will be available in lots CT and 36. Anteater Express route information can be found at Detour signs and traffic directors will be on site to facilitate traffic flow. If you have any additional questions, please contact Nancy Lu at (949) 824-2690. Thank you for your patience and support of this event. 

Thursday, March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
APALSA Banh Mi Fundraiser

The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association will be selling Banh Mi from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (while supplies last) on March 16 to raise money for their organization.

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 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22. Baked goods will also be sold in exchange for donations of any amount.

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): Tuesday, March 21 - Wilson Sonsini.

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." Some upcoming deadlines include: 1Ls & 2Ls: County of Orange, Office of the County Counsel (Santa Ana, CA) - March 17; Disability Rights California (San Diego, CA) - March 17. 2Ls: Lynberg & Watkins, PC (Orange, CA) - March 17.

Mix and Mingle

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 Noon on Tuesday, March 14 to Patty McGraw (Recruiting Coordinator) with subject line "UCI Reception."

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

AGS - St. Patrick's Day Party, TBA
Join the Associated Graduate Students for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. For more information about upcoming AGS events visit: UCI AGS.

Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In Vino Veritas Spring Reception, Courtyard
In Vino Veritas will be hosting our biannual reception in the courtyard event open to all law students. It is a networking event with our resident In Vino Veritas experts, Professor Barnes and Marc Hankin.

Thursday, March 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cooley - 1L Reception and Panel, Los Angeles
Join Cooley lawyers from their Los Angeles and San Diego offices for an informal gathering to learn about fall recruiting and life at Cooley. Hiring partners, former summer associates and legal staff will share tips on navigating on-campus interviews and provide a preview of associate life at a big law firm. RSVP by March 16.

Friday, March 24, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

PILF Thank You Event, Yosemite Ballroom - Continuing Education
The PILF Thank You Event will recognize and appreciate the students, faculty, staff, and community members who have contributed to the Public Interest Law Fund. The event will be held in the Yosemite Ballroom of the Continuing Education Building. Please RSVP here. Please direct questions to and

Scholarships and Fellowships

Thursday, March 30

Boukai Family Foundation Scholarship Deadline
The Boukai Family Foundation is providing a scholarship to one UCI law student up to $2,500 for  the 2017-2018 academic year. The values of family, faith, education and giving back to the community are closely held by the Boukai Family. This scholarship program was established to encourage current law students to build upon these values; advocate the importance of tolerance toward Islam and all forms of religions and faith traditions; and serve to strengthen opportunities for future generations in Muslim-American communities. More information 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.

Writing Competitions

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.

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.