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UC Irvine School of Law • March 19, 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:
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.

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 11:45 pm

Deadline to Submit Survey on Community Relations with the UCI Police Department
As an incentive to participate in the study, there will be a drawing to provide $50 gift cards to four of the first 500 individuals who complete the survey. If you would like to be included in the drawing, you will need to provide your email address at the completion of the survey.  Your email address, however, will not be linked to your survey response.  Moreover, you need not respond to every survey question to complete the survey. This survey closes on March 21, 2017 at 11:45 pm. If you have any questions about the survey or about the committee conducting the survey, please contact Professor Kaaryn Gustafson, the UCIPD-UCI Community Relations Committee Chair, at (949) 824-4029 or kgustafson@law.uci.eduTake the survey:  


Tuesday, March 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Professor Ceballos, EDU 1111
The 2006 Supreme Court case Garcetti v. Ceballos was an important decision concerning freedom of speech for government employees and tells a story of police misconduct, retaliation, and the hard decisions faced by lawyers who believe in the integrity of the criminal justice system. Professor Ceballos, along with Professor Weinstein, will discuss Professor Ceballos' role in the case, the realities of prosecutorial discretion, and the costs of speaking out within an adversarial system. This event is co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society.

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Dr. Agatha Berger - Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, EDU 1111
Dr. Agatha Berger is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health and Fellowship in Family Planning in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. She received a BS in Biochemistry at the University of Scranton and then completed her medical degree and OB/Gyn residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Berger’s talk will focus on how repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect access to abortion, the dangers of `back alley’’ abortions, how telemedicine affects access to medicinal abortions, and related topics. This event is co-sponsored by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. Please RSVP here by March 26 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

First Year Fridays

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.


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

Thursday, March 23

Tax Law Society Meeting, LAW 3750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monday, March 27

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

Tuesday, March 28

Criminal Law Society: Last Meeting of the Year, LAW 4850, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, March 30

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


Monday, March 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Externship/Internship Opportunities in Tax Law, LAW 3750
Come explore extern and intern opportunities available to students interested in Tax Law. Professor Marian and Externship Director Hughes will discuss various positions in California, DC, and abroad on Monday, March 20 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in LAW 3750. Pizza will be served. Please RSVP to Michael Hawk at

Monday, March 20, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

War Dogs to Lord of War: The Ethics and Compliance of International Government Contracting, Kitayama Restaurant, Newport Beach
A discussion of the many complicated layers and issues involved in the sale of (military and civilian) goods and services to international organizations and foreign governments. We will discuss the various potential pitfalls of international government contracts as well as best practices for U.S. counsel to aide clients in the U.S. and abroad in cross-border government contracts. This event is organized by the Orange County Bar Association, International Law Section. Register here.

Monday, March 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Women & Leadership: Breaking Barriers in Law, Science & Business, LAW 3500
How do women break barriers in business? What are the unique obstacles they encounter? How do they forge opportunities? Join us for the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy's colloquium series on women in leadership, where we highlight chief executive officers, executive directors, and business leaders changing the way we think about women and entrepreneurship. This spring we will feature a discussion with Syovata Edari, an award-winning chocolatier, businesswoman, and lawyer who has taken the world of chocolate by storm. Light lunch will be served. RSVP here.

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.

Wednesday, March 22, & Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm

Women's Law Society presents: The Vagina Monologues, The Little Theater, Humanities Hall
WLS is proud to continue this great tradition of a student-run and student-performed production. Cast members of The Vagina Monologues have been working hard for the past few months and have an amazing show planned, with new-to-UCI monologues! Additionally, proceeds from The Vagina Monologues will benefit UCI Law's Reproductive Justice Clinic, a groundbreaking clinic advocating on behalf of women’s health, equality, and reproductive rights. Tickets are on sale in the courtyard through March 22 for $15 cash. Tickets may also be purchased online here. WLS would also like make available to everyone our new WLS shirts. All sales from the shirts will also benefit the Reproductive Justice Clinic.

Thursday, March 23, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Business Law in Entertainment, Director’s Guild of America Theater Complex, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law at Pepperdine School of Law is hosting its annual symposium on March 23, 2017 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater Complex on Sunset Blvd. This year’s symposium will feature esteemed panelists discussing legal developments within Performing Rights Collections and Film Financing. Tickets to this event are $10. Register here.

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

Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles In Indigenous Communities - Native American Law Students Association 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.

Monday, March 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2L Early Bar Prep, EDU 1131
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. Please email Michael Hawk at if you plan to attend so we can have an accurate catering order.

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.

Monday, March 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Town Hall with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, EDU 1111
Dean Chemerinsky will hold a Town Hall for UCI Law students. Please RSVP here to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you.

Monday, March 27, 12:05 pm - 1:05 pm

CLEaR Visiting Scholar Meera Deo: Diversity in Legal Academia, LAW 3500
Visiting Scholar Meera E. Deo is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is a nationally-recognized interdisciplinary scholar who utilizes empirical methods to interrogate institutional diversity and affirmative action. Professor Deo practiced civil rights law with the ACLU National Legal Department in New York City, where she worked on impact litigation involving privacy and cyberspace law. She was later Staff Attorney for Women's Health, and Director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project at the California Women's Law Center, a statewide advocacy nonprofit based in Los Angeles. Professor Deo currently serves on the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Law and the Social Sciences and is an appointee to the California Commission on Access to Justice.

Monday, March 27, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium, MPAA 420
George Washington University School of Law Professor Neil Buchanan will present "Expanding Social Security Is Good for All Generations." Please RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Fundamentals of Investing Workshop, MPAA 408
This workshop covers the different types of investments and their tax implications to help participants learn to maximize their investment opportunities.

Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

The Sixth Annual Diversity Leadership Summit, Loyola Law School
Learn how to find your professional style in the face of stereotypes and increase your leadership, employability and visibility throughout your career. Breakfast and a networking lunch will be provided. RSVP by Wednesday, March 22. This summit is presented by the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion & Resources and California Employment Lawyers' Association.

Thursday, March 30, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Sex and Gender Colloquium Series - Panel Discussion: Rape Culture & Sexual Assault, LAW 3500
This colloquium series engages in timely, important conversations and debates on gender, sex, and race in politics, marriage equality, safety on campuses, and much more. Join us for liberated, robust conversations on the role of sex, gender, and law in society. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

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:


Friday, March 31
Cesar Chavez Day

UCI Law School and the Law Library will be closed.

SBA Elections

Candidacy statements will be collected from March 20 - March 26. Voting will take place from March 27 - March 31. For a complete list of positions, please refer to the SBA Bylaws – specifically, Articles II and III. Click here to access the SBA Bylaws. If you have any questions, please contact Allen Babajanian. More information will be sent via email the week of March 20.

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! Access the auction site here.

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): Wilson Sonsini - Tuesday, March 21; Haynes and Boone - Wednesday, April 5.

CDO: 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 rest 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." Some upcoming deadlines include: 1Ls & 2Ls: Office of the County Counsel, County of Orange - Child Protection Unit (Orange, CA) - March 30.

Mix and Mingle

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.

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.