Longtime UCI Law supporters, Richard and Susan Bridgford, have created a substantial endowed scholarship in their name to support future law students. Since our founding 15 years ago, Rich, Susan, and Rich’s law firm Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian LLP, have made an extraordinary impact on UCI Law with their generosity, vision, and service to the school and our law students. Rich has chaired our Board of Visitors since 2019. Rich, Susan and the firm's gifts to the Law School have exceeded $2 million.

The Honorable Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California, will deliver the keynote address for UCI Law's 2024 commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the UCI Bren Events Center. A member of the Navajo Nation, Judge Sykes is the first Native American Article III judge in California.

After several years of organizing to purchase the park, the CED Clinic helped facilitate the purchase of Shady Lakes Manufactured Housing Community by Comunidad Nuevo Lago, Inc., a resident-controlled nonprofit, for $7.625 million in February. This acquisition, supported by CED students under the direction of UCI Law Professors Carrie Hempel, Adam Cowing, and Robert Solomon, alongside UCI Law Lecturer Ana Marie del Rio, ensures long-term affordability for the farmworker community.

Get access to books, films, music, research and news articles in honor of Women's History Month. Most material is open to the public and all are free to UCI students, staff and faculty.

Keep the book celebration going by perusing "Legal Phantoms: Executive Action and the Haunting Failures of Immigration Law" (Stanford University Press 2024), a new release co-authored by Prof. Stephen Lee with Susan Bibler Coutin, UC Irvine professor of criminology, law and society, and Jennifer M. Chacón, professor of law at Stanford. In addition, Prof. Sameer Ashar contributed two chapters. The book tells the story of the nation’s Deferred Action programs, including Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) announced by President Obama in 2014 and enjoined by the Courts in 2015. 

UCI Law has been awarded two charitable grants by the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Charitable Fund. The OCBA Charitable Fund is dedicated to improving the Orange County community and the legal profession by promoting access to justice. The grants will support UCI Law's Saturday Academy of Law and Pre-Law Outreach Program.

UCI Law's Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources (CLEANR) released the results of a one-year investigation into California pesticide regulatory practices at a press conference in Watsonville, California. Released on February 15, 2024, the advisory opinion by the People’s Tribunal on Pesticide Use and Civil Rights in California outlines severe, pervasive, and ongoing civil rights violations by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and six of the state’s county agricultural commissioners.

Sarah Beydoun (’23) will serve as the inaugural Legal Empowerment Attorney at UCI Law, in partnership with El Centro Cultural de México, a volunteer-led alternative space in Santa Ana focusing on local and transnational projects that link the arts, culture, and social justice. Serving as a key liaison between UCI Law's clinics and El Centro, Beydoun will engage in several projects, including offering direct legal services, supporting grassroots campaigns, and contributing to program design and development.

In honor of World Wildlife Day (March 3), check out Prof. Camacho's recent op-ed in The Hill and commentary in the Center for Progressive Reform's video on the Endangered Species Act's 50th anniversary.

The experiential program's annual newsletter highlights UCI Law's acclaimed clinical program, externship program, and pro bono program — including announcements, victories, and milestones by students, faculty, and collaborators.

Alavi is externing at the U.S. Department of State, Legal Advisors Office, and Birong is at the U.S. Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section. Learn more about UCI Law's UCDC Law Program.

Professor of Lawyering Skills Ezra Ross has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The ABF Fellows is a global honorary society that recognizes attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.

In honor of World Water Day (March 22), check out out the latest Faculty Roundup to learn about Visiting Professor Heather Tanana's important work on tribal water access. Prof. Tanana leads the Universal Access to Clean Water for Tribal Communities, which will present a new handbook for tribal water infrastructure projects at the National Indian Health Board annual conference in May 2024.

UCI Law faculty are top scholars, educators and active leaders in a vast array of fields. Read the latest about UCI Law's faculty, including recent scholarship, conferences and influential leadership across the world.

Prof. Joseph F.C. DiMento contributed an article to Rivista Giuridica dell’Ambiente – RGAONLINE extreme weather events, climate change and the law. READ

Prof. David Kaye wrote an op-ed in Tech Policy Press evaluating the United Nations AI Advisory Board Interim Report. READ

Prof. Elizabeth Loftus's expert witness testimony in the Troconis trial was featured on Fox 61 in which she explained to a jury the basics of memory psychology and relevant studies she oversaw. WATCH

Prof. Ezra Ross' article, "Amorality in the Lawyering Skills Classroom, 73 J. Legal Educ. __ (2024), was featured on TaxProf Blog. READ
Community & Economic Development Clinic was featured by KQED for its years-long effort helping a Fresno farmland community protect affordability by purchasing its mobile home park from its corporate landlord. READ

Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources (CLEANR)'s recently released report on civil rights violations by California pesticide regulatory agencies was highlighted by Inside Climate News, KPFA Flashpoints, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Lookout Santa Cruz, The Pajaronian and KION 46 News. READ
Denny Chan '12 was appointed to the California Civil Rights Council by Gov. Newsom.

Brooke Weitzman '14 will be honored at the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association's Awards and Installation Gala on March 14.

Claire Stanley '15, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs at the American Council of the Blind, addressed the NASS winter conference, discussing the potential impact of accessibility regulations by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Morgan McCombe '16 became partner at Rutan & Tucker LLP.

Hollie Washington '16 will serve on the 2024 Officers and Board Members of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association. She is a Past President of the organization.

Andrenna Hidalgo Berggren '17 has been selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association as one of the recipients of the 2024 HNBA/VIA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award.

Honieh Udenka ' 17 will serve on the 2024 Officers and Board Members of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association. She is the organization's Immediate Past President.

Tremayne Wilson '18 will be installed as President of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association on March 14.

Tryphena Liu '18, Attorney at Epstein Becker & Green, was named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders for 2024. 

Betty Kim '21 joined the 2024 Board of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance.

Chris Lawrence '21 will serve on the 2024 Officers and Board Members of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association.

Robyn Lin '21 joined the 2024 Board of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance.

Kristie Kang '22 joined the 2024 Board of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance.

The photos and video recording of the Feb. 9 Celebration of Dan Burk's Scholarly Contributions are now available. Also, listen to the moving UCI Law Talks episode recorded with Burk on Jan. 17 with Dean Austen Parrish.

Over 50 attendees joined on Feb. 22 for a screening of ART & KRIMES BY KRIMES, followed by a live discussion with system-impacted artists Asia Johnson and Adamu Chan, moderated by UCI MFA student Alberto Lule. The event was organized by the Criminal Justice Clinic; Center on Law, Equality and Race; UCI Center in Law, Society, and Culture; UCI LIFTED; UCI Department of Art; UCI Underground Scholars Program; and the Poetic Justice Initiative.

Dean Parrish took UCI Law On The Road to New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles over the past two months to connect with members of the UCI Law community and celebrate their successes.

March 12 » CLEAR | Vitor Araujo Filgueiras - Life After Slavery: Unleashing Workers from the Labor Market in Brazil
  • The UCI Center in Law, Equality and Race (CLEAR) welcomes Vitor Araujo Filgueiras (UFBA), inaugural CLEAR International Scholar, to present "Life After Slavery: Unleashing Workers from the Labor Market in Brazil." (Details)
March 15 » CLSC | Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Asad L. Asad - Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life
  • Asad L. Asad, Assistant Professor at Stanford University, will present: Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life (2023, Princeton University Press). (Details)
March 15 » IEFV | Parenting Under Siege: Reckoning with Coercive Control
  • This presentation will analyze and evaluate the movements to criminalize coercive control and to address it in the family court system. The presenters, who direct family justice and domestic violence law clinics, will explore the challenges that arise in both legislating and litigating claims of coercive control. Featuring speakers: Courtney Cross, Professor of Law and Director of the Survivor Representation & Advocacy Clinic at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law; Gillian Chadwick, Professor of Law and Director of the Children and Family Law Center at Washburn University School of Law. (Details)
March 20 - April 10 » Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium
  • The UCI Law Graduate Tax Program is hosting a tax law seminar class where leading tax scholars and tax policy experts are invited to present their works in progress. The seminar is open to current and prospective students, tax practitioners, faculty members from outside the law school, and anyone who has a keen interest in tax policy. (Details)
March 20 » Book Discussion | Nadia Kim, Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice in LA
  • Professor Stephen Lee and Gregg Macey, Director of UCI Law's Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, host a discussion of Nadia Kim's book, Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice in LA. Hosted by the UCI Law Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEAR), UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), the Environmental Law Society (ELS), Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA), and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at UCI Law. (Details)

In honor of National Book Month, don't miss the Law Library's annual Celebration of Books on Thursday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The informal, open-house event will highlight and acknowledge recent books authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited by faculty, including: Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Bryant Garth, Stephen Lee, Christopher Leslie, Austen Parrish, Tony Reese, Ann Southworth, Ari Waldman and others. Check out the Law Library's collection from last year (pictured) and years prior.

April 1 » 2024 UC Shakespeare Trial: Measure for Measure
This year, the UC Shakespeare Trial is returning to the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The event will feature Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, Berkeley Law; Founding Dean, UCI Law) and Bernadette Meyler '06 (Professor and Associate Dean, Stanford Law), the Hon. Andrew Guilford will preside, and Dean Austen Parrish will provide introductory remarks. The event will feature scenes from Measure for Measure by New Swan actors, directed by Beth Lopes. You are the jury at this interactive theatrical event! (Details)
April 5 » UCI Law Moot Court Competition
  • Prepare for a riveting showdown as the finalists of UCI Law's Moot Court Competition face off with esteemed judges including The Honorable Marsha S. Berzon; The Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and The Honorable Otis D. Wright II from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. This year's competition is generously sponsored by Buchalter. (Details)
April 5 » CLSC | Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Arón Montenegro - The Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery in Post-Cold War Central America
  • Arón Montenegro, President's Post-Doc Fellow at UCI School of Social Ecology, will present: “The Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery in Post-Cold War Central America.” (Details)
April 5-6 » UCI Law Admitted Students Weekend
UCI Law welcomes the future UCI Law class of 2027 to campus April 5-6. Our admitted students will have the opportunity to meet alumni, representatives from student organizations, faculty and staff, and hear about the broad variety of opportunities available at UCI Law.
April 12 » CLSC | Socio-Legal Studies Book Talk: Mona Oraby - Devotion to the Administrative State: Religion and Social Order in Egypt
  • Mona Oraby, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, will present: Devotion to the Administrative State: Religion and Social Order in Egypt (Princeton University Press, forthcoming March 2024). (Details)
April 18 » 6th Annual UCI Law - Taylor Nelson Amitrano, LLP Tax Symposium
  • The theme this year will be The Moore Case and the Future of the Realization Doctrine. The one-day virtual symposium will be attended by tax industry professionals, government officials and academic researches from all over the world. (Details)
April 19 » CLSC | Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Diego Rochow - Punishment and Criminal Procedure in Chile
  • Diego Rochow, Ph.D. candidate at UCI School of Social Ecology, presents: “Detention in Flagrance, Legal Technicalities, and Punitiveness: Punishment and Criminal Procedure in Chile.” (Details)
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