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UC Irvine School of Law • March 26, 2017

Commencement Deadlines

Graduating students are reminded to review the 2017 Commencement site for various deadlines and information related to commencement.

Sunday, March 26

SBA Elections: Deadline to Submit Candidacy Statements
To be eligible for a position, you must submit a candidacy statement. SBA recognizes that you are busy—a brief paragraph detailing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications will do. Click here to submit your choice of position and candidacy statement. Click here to see who is currently running for each position. After you submit your choice of position and candidacy statement, Allen Babajanian will update the Google Doc with your name and statement under the position you will be running for. The Google Doc will be publicly viewable by all members of the UCI community, and will be updated every few days—so don't panic if you don't immediately see your statement. The deadline for submitting a candidacy statement will be Sunday, March 26th. Voting will begin soon after and the polls will be open for five days: from Monday, March 27th to Friday, March 31st.

Friday, April 7, 5:00 pm

Fall 2017 Course Bidding Deadline
Pre-enrollment bidding on the Course Bidding Application for advanced level courses with an enrollment capacity of 24 students and under will begin on Monday, April 3 at 8:00am and end of Friday, April 7 at 5:00pm. You will not be able to access the application until 8:00am on April 3. For more information, please see a March 21 email from the Law School Registrar, Stephanie Santoro.

Monday, April 10, 5:00 pm

Student Sponsored Symposium Proposal Deadline
Each year the Law School invites student organizations and publications to submit proposals for a Student Sponsored Symposium. One student organization or publication will be selected each year to sponsor a subsidized full-day conference or symposium. The Symposium typically is held in the spring semester. Information about the selection process, examples of past successful applications, and a past symposium budget can be found on our website. Proposals should be submitted using the Application Form.   


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.

Wednesday, April 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Joan Biskupic, Covering the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, EDU 1111
Joan Biskupic is a Visiting Professor at UCI Law and a highly acclaimed author, journalist, and TV commentator. Her talk is scheduled after her return from covering Judge Neil Gorsuch’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings, which began on March 20.  Join us for a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at the confirmation process. Ms. Biskupic recently joined CNN as legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer. She is on a one-year sabbatical from her position at Reuters as an editor in charge for Legal Affairs. She has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years and has written several books on the judiciary, including Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice (2014) and American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (2009). She is also the author of Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice (2005). She currently is working on a biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. Before joining Reuters in 2012, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post and for USA Today. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. Please RSVP here by April 3 to guarantee lunch will be provided for you.

Friday, April 7, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCI Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium
This year's Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Liberties will be presented by Stephen Bright, Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. This annual lecture pays tribute to Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston for their advocacy of civil liberty and justice. Event details, including a speaker biography, abstract of his talk, and RSVP for the event can be found here.

Thursday, April 13, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker Series: Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, EDU 1111
Hussam Ayloush is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area.  He has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the needy enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality.  As someone whose own close family members include Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Mormons and Jews, Mr. Ayloush is an active member of various interfaith groups promoting pluralism, dialogue, understanding and cooperation among America's and our world's diverse faith communities.  In late 2016, he was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “100 Most Influential” individuals in Orange County.  Mr. Ayloush earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and an M.B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton. Please RSVP here by April 10 to guarantee lunch will be ordered for you. This event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International at UCI Law.

First Year Fridays

Friday, April 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

All Mods: Fall 2017 On-Campus Interview Programs, EDU 1131
The CDO strongly encourages all first-year students to attend this session to learn about Early Interview Week (EIW) and the Fall Interview Program (FIP). This session will provide essential information concerning on-campus interview logistics, timelines, and strategies to prepare for the process. The significant majority of EIW employers are large law firms that seek to hire students as summer associates during their 2L summer, with the potential for permanent offers to be extended for post-graduate employment. The significant majority of FIP employers are government agencies and public interest organizations that seek to hire students for their 2L summer where they will cultivate substantive expertise and relationships that may prove beneficial for securing post-graduate employment. Please RSVP on Symplicity as lunch will be provided afterward.


Monday, March 27

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

Tuesday, March 28

Future Policymakers Initial Meeting, LAW 4750, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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, April 3

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

Tuesday, April 4

2L Town Hall, EDU 1111, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 5

Student Coffee with the Dean, LAW 3500, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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, 12:00 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.

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, 12:05 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. RSVP here.

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 "Social Security is Fair to All Generations: Demystifying the Trust Fund, Solvency, and the Promise to Younger Americans." 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, 6:00 pm

Security, Privacy & Hacked eMails: Are our online lives ever really secure or private?, The Jewish Community Center of the South Bay, Redondo Beach, CA
This symposium will include a dinner and a panel featuring UCI Law Professor Jack Learner. Students may purchase tickets for $60 here.

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

Sex and Gender Colloquium Series - Panel Discussion: Rape Culture & Sexual Assault, MPAA 420
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.

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

Tales from the Epicenter of Patent Litigation – the Eastern District of Texas, LAW 3750
Former U.S. Magistrate Judge, the Hon. Charles Everingham IV, will discuss his perspective of patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas. He will also share his experience as a partner in the intellectual property practice group at Akin Gump. RSVP to Kenzie Whitfield ( This event is sponsored by the IPCS at UCI Law. Lunch will be provided.

Monday, April 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Corporate Governance by Stephen Cooke, LAW 4750
Stephen Cooke is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets practice group of Paul Hastings and concentrates his practice in securities and corporate law. He will discuss contemporary issues in corporate governance, and students interested in transactional law will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

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:

Thursday, April 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2L Early Bar Prep, EDU 1111
This session is a repeat of the March 27 Early Bar Prep Workshop and 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. Please email Michael Hawk at if you plan to attend.

Thursday, April 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

ILS/GLAS Panel - Trump and International Law, LAW 3750
How has the new administration affected life beyond U.S. borders? What actions are other governments taking in response to these effects? How are U.S. relations changing with traditional allies and long-standing enemies? Please join us on April 6 at noon to hear UCI Law's international law experts Professor David Kaye, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor Gregory Shaffer, and Professor Christopher Whytock will discuss these questions, among other topics, related to the international legal landscape since President Trump took office. The event is co-hosted by the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society and the International Law Society. RSVP here.

Thursday, April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

CLEaR Perspectives Reading Group: The Two Faces of American Freedom, LAW 3500
Discussion of the book by Aziz Rana will be led by Professor Seth Davis. 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, April 6 & Friday, April 7

The Politicization of Safety - Initiative to End Family Violence Annual Conference, UCI Beckman Center
The Politicization of Safety conference will critically explore political dimensions of interventions in (or failures to intervene in) family violence. Topics include challenges related to: reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, criminalization, failure to protect laws, police-perpetrated family violence, gun control, and campus responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. More information and registration can be found here.

Friday, April 7, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Socio-Legal Students Workshop: Keramet Reiter, LAW 3500
Keramet Reiter of Criminology, Law and Society will discuss her book: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement (2016, New Haven: Yale University Press). 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. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nix McCoy.

Monday, April 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UCI Law Celebration of Books, Law Library Reading Room
The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Law Library’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Books. Join us in the Reading Room as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from March 2016 to March 2017. Coffee and pastries will be offered beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Library vestibule. The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. This year, we are honored to celebrate Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Joseph DiMento, Catherine Fisk, Melody Lembke, Christopher Leslie, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Katherine Porter, Tony Reese, and Song Richardson. Please RSVP to Heather Alvarado, at

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Lost in Translation: Communicating Science to Practitioners and Policymakers, SBSG 1517
Please join us for the 2016-2017 Views By Two series featuring Dr. Susan Turner and Senator Joseph Dunn. Views By Two pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to discuss hot topics in the field of psychology and law. By providing both a researcher and practitioner viewpoint, we hope to start a dialogue that will bridge the gap between scientific research and policy. RSVP here by April 11. For more information about this event and the speakers, please visit our website here.


Spring 2017 Instructor Evaluations

Over the next few weeks, instructor evaluations will be administered during the first or last 10 minutes in your classes. You can access available evaluations at (also available on the Student Portal under Registration). Electronically submitted teaching evaluations are stored separately from any identifiable information, and are presented in a completely anonymous manner to instructors and administrative staff. Authentication is required only to ensure that only one evaluation is submitted per student per instructor. Professors and administrative staff have access to the anonymous evaluations including the comments, but have no way to associate an evaluation with a specific student other than the text submitted by the student. 

Sunday, March 26 - Thursday, March 30
UCI Traffic Impacts

1) From 7:00 a.m. Sunday, March 26, until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, a portion of East Peltason Drive will be closed from Bison Avenue to Los Trancos Drive for roadway maintenance, weather permitting. Additionally, parking lot 12B will be closed at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25 through the completion of this project. Alternate parking is available in lots 12A and 16. Detour signs will be posted and traffic directors will be available to facilitate traffic flow. For a map of the affected area and detour routes, please visit In support of the Children's Water Education Festival, parking lots 16H and a portion of lot 16 will be closed on Wednesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 30. Please expect heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Bison Avenue, East Peltason Drive, Academy Way, and surrounding parking areas on these days. Alternate parking is available in lots 81, 82, 83, and 84.

Friday, March 31
Cesar Chavez Day

UCI Law School and the Law Library will be closed.

Academic Advising Appointments

Academic advising appointments with Dean Schroeder are now available. Please make an appointment through Debbie Mondares. It is much easier for Debbie if you call her (949-824-8395) or stop by her desk; please do not email her

Saturday, April 8
Student Org Tabling at ASW

All student organizations at UCI Law are invited to the 2017 Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) Student Involvement Fair on Saturday, April 8 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to engage admitted 1Ls on your organization’s mission and accomplishments, as well as share your experience at UCI Law. Register your org to table at ASW 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): 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; St. John Knits, Inc. (Irvine, CA) - March 31.

Mix and Mingle

Tuesday, March 28, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

National Law School Mental Health Day, Courtyard
Join us in the courtyard for frozen yogurt and therapy dogs in recognition of National Law School Mental Health Day.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 pm

Jones Day - 1L Diversity Meet and Greet, 5:30pm, Los Angeles. Jones Day invites Los Angeles area 1Ls to this Diversity Meet & Greet. An interviewing tips panel and reception will be held. The attire is business casual. RSVP and submit a resume (optional) by Wednesday, March 29. For more, visit here

Monday, April 10, 5:30 pm

Transactional Law Panel and Mixer with Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. hosted by the Business Law Society, Newport Beach
The attorneys at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. will present an "Introduction to Corporate Transactional Practice" panel at their Newport Beach firm. This panel of transactional attorneys will discuss life as a corporate attorney, life at a law firm, and advice for law students interested in pursuing corporate transactional work. The panel will be followed by a networking reception. The dress is business casual. RSVP here by March 31 to attend. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sheppard Mullin - 1L Rock Your Interviews, Costa Mesa
This program is designed to assist diverse law students in the interview process with a roundtable discussion with partners and associates from Sheppard Mullin's Orange County office. All 1L students are welcome to attend and the attire is business casual. RSVP by email to Patty McGraw by Wednesday, April 5. 

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kading Briggs - 1L & 2L Reception, Irvine
Kading and Briggs is hosting a reception at their Irvine office for 1Ls and 2Ls who will be working in law firms this summer. All Kading Briggs lawyers have worked at big law firms and received offers as summer associates from firms including O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Paul Hastings and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. They have served on recruiting and summer associate committees and are eager to share their unique perspectives on how to maximize your summer experience. RSVP by email to Melissa Weisbender

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.

Thursday, April 20

Orange County Women Lawyers Association July Bar Stipend Application Deadline
OCWLA is pleased to provide the Bar Stipend Award to worthy law students about to take the bar exam. Offered twice a year, the award is given to the student(s) that best exemplifies the mission of OCWLA, and a commitment to scholarship, community service, advancement of women or women's issues, financial need, and to Orange County. Download Application.

Thursday, April 20

Orange County Women Lawyers Association Diversity Bar Stipend Award Application Deadline
OCWLA awards a $1000 Diversity Stipend to a recent law school graduate with a minority ethnic background and achievements and contributions in scholarship, community service, advancement of diversity or diversity issues. Financial need and connection to Orange County are also considered. Download Application.

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.