UCI Law Class of 2023:
Let's Go Change the World!
On May 6, 2023, the University of California, Irvine School of Law held its 12th commencement ceremony, celebrating the graduation of 131 J.D., 25 Global LL.M., and 12 Graduate Tax LL.M. students. The event featured a keynote address from the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, Chief United States District Court Judge, Central District of California. 

At least 24 percent of the J.D. class of 2023 were the first in their families to graduate college or law school. The graduating J.D. class participated in more than 10,500 hours of pro bono work during their three years of law school, and over 92 percent of the class participated in pro bono work. We are so proud of our graduates!

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A delegation from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, recently visited South Korea to strengthen ties with the Korean legal community. The delegation, led by Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law Austen Parrish, included Assistant Dean, Chief Global and Executive Programs Officer Khary Hornsby, Professional Development Advisor, Global Programs Grace Lee, Professor Stephen Lee, Professor Ji Seon Song, and two of our J.D. students, who are Korea Law Center Fellows.

The May 2023 issue of Orange Coast Magazine profiled Professor Katie Tinto's work as director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, leading transformative programs like the Compassionate Release and Excessive Sentences Project. Photo courtesy of Orange Coast Magazine.

As part of the Innocence OC Pro Bono Project led by Annee Della Donna, nearly 50 UCI Law students worked over the course of eight years to successfully overturn the wrongful murder convictions for Juan Rayford and Dupree Glass. Two UCI Law students were present in court for the ruling on April 20.

The university-wide accolade LEAD recognizes key leaders, graduate students, staff and faculty who support and champion student success and research excellence in the Latinx community at UCI and in Orange County. Cindy is one of only 15 graduate students from across the entire UCI campus to receive this honor.

Student News: UCI Law Paves the Way for Success with Meet the Firms Networking Event

UCI Law students and law firms gathered at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel for the Meet the Firms event. Many thanks to the 32 law firms that attended and connected with our students ahead of Early Interview Week.

Congratulations to Chancellor’s Professor Alejandro Camacho and Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor Rachel Moran for their appointments as Chancellor's Professors of Law. 

As part of our Ninth Circuit Appellate Litigation Clinic, recent UCI Law graduates, Roy Bendavid and Nicole Tackabery, researched, briefed and argued a complex immigration/asylum case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Alexandre v. Garland, under the supervision of Clinic Co-Director Peter Afrasiabi, and against the United States Attorney General.

The UCI Law Civil Rights Litigation Clinic and Criminal Justice Clinic won a major appellate victory in a case filed in February 2021 on behalf of local taxpayers against Orange County and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

Chaired by UCI Law Prof. Carrie Hempel, the Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, “Hope as a Discipline,” featured several preeminent UCI Law clinical faculty, including Profs. Sameer Ashar, Annie Lai, Jane Stoever and Katie Tinto.

Student News: UCI Law Honors Outstanding Leaders and Service at Pro Bono and Student Life Awards Night 

Congratulations to all the students, faculty and staff who received awards for their leadership, service and commitment to the UCI Law community during our 2023 Pro Bono and Student Life Awards.

Faculty News: UCI Law Faculty Lead the Way in Tackling Crucial Contemporary Issues through Interdisciplinary Research

UCI Law faculty research the most important issues of the day, from the radically new challenges in intellectual property to the changing nature of the legal profession, the impacts of climate change, dispute resolution, the protection of consumers in economic crisis, the interaction of international and national law, and much more.

At the heart of our scholarship is not only rigorous attention to legal norms but also a deep appreciation for interdisciplinary work, bringing together law with such disciplines as political science, criminology, sociology, public health and business.

Peruse the top scholarship by UCI Law faculty on SSRN below, and learn more about individual professors’ scholarship on their faculty pages.

WE DID IT #UCIGivingDay!

We are tremendously grateful for the incredible support we received during #UCIGivingDay this month. In our most successful campaign ever, we raised approximately $74,000 from 65 gifts.

A special thanks to the generous donors who participated with matching gifts: Amy Chen (UCI Law Board of Visitors), Anteaters in Law Rabi Narula (B.S. '92) and Patty Le-Narula (B.A. '92), Jenny Tryck (J.D. ’12) and Hannah (M.A.T. '11) and Jeffrey Wachs (J.D. ’12).

Thank you to everyone who made a gift in support of our students and Law School.
Q&A with Vladmir L'Ouverture
LL.M. Tax '20

Vladimir graduated from UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program in May 2020. Since then, he’s been working in New York City at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions Tax. Vladimir grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is also where he met his wife, Caitlin. To pass the time, they enjoy movie nights at home, going to the beach and taking mini road trips in the surrounding northeast area.
Q: How did UCI Law prepare you for your legal practice?
UCI Law, specifically the Graduate Tax Program, prepared me for practice by giving me a plethora of skill sets not offered in other graduate tax programs. For example, in addition to the standard tax courses, we were offered tax clinics, tax externships, accounting, Excel, and Alteryx and Tableau (visualization software) courses. These courses offer exposure to what tax lawyers will see in the practice in ways no other programs currently match.

Q: What do you like best about your work?
I work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in NYC, specializing in M&A Tax. What I like best about my work is that I constantly face new challenges and improve my practice. The variety of tax structures and sections of the tax code I work with on a consistent basis means I get to learn something new every day.

Q: What was the best part about being a student at UCI Law?
Definitely the professors and my classmates. It felt so communal. We would regularly socialize with the professors outside of class. I still communicate with (and visit) many of my classmates to this day, and I consider them close friends. All of this is accentuated when taking into account we only had one semester together in person (COVID made most of our second semester virtual). Also, having the beach about 10 minutes away was a plus!

Q: How do you stay involved with the UCI Law community?
Since graduating in 2020, I’ve had a couple of opportunities to participate in UCI Law in NYC; organized by Professor Blank, which allows current students and alumni interested in practicing in the Big Apple an opportunity to network with one another. Further, I often communicate with UCI Law students interested in working in NYC, providing them thoughts on my experience, tips and what to expect. Any UCI Law students looking to work in NYC can always reach out to me on LinkedIn!

Annie Nicholson is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in Haynes and Boone’s Orange County office. Her practice focuses on a wide range of business and civil litigation matters.

Alumni News: UCI Law Alumni Come Together to Help Students De-Stress During Reading Week

The UCI Law Alumni Association Board & Council would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who attended our de-stress event during UCI Law's reading week. Your presence and interaction with our current students provided a much-needed boost of encouragement and inspiration.
Prof. Sameer Ashar spoke at a panel at University of Pittsburgh School of Law's conference "Modern Legal Education and the Unmaking of American Lawyers." READ

Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran was quoted in Marketplace on bank consolidation and what that means for businesses located in lower-income and rural communities. READ

Prof. Alejandro Camacho was quoted in Stateline on the effect of climate change on habitats and the relocation of endangered species. READ

Prof. Joseph DiMento outlines actions to protect the environment in Path article, "How to Lend a Hand in Helping Wisconsin's Environment This Earth Day." READ

Prof. Bryant Garth delivered the inaugural Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Annual Lecture at Southwestern Law. READ

Prof. Michele Goodwin co-authored an opinion piece in CNN with Mary Ziegler, Professor of Law at UC Davis, about anti-abortion advocates using "junk science." READ

Prof. Dalié Jiménez discusses student debt forgiveness on Wort Radio with David Nahmias from UCB Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice. LISTEN

Prof. David Kaye was quoted in Committee to Protect Journalists analysis article, "UN can help journalists beyond World Press Freedom Day." READ

Prof. Omri Marian was quoted in Bloomberg Tax about the new IRS non-fungible token. READ

Prof. Rachel Moran spoke at a panel at University of Pittsburgh School of Law's conference "Modern Legal Education and the Unmaking of American Lawyers." READ

Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow's festschrift was published by the TAMU Law Review. READ

Prof. Susan Seager was quoted in NBC on a Press Freedom Project case defending journalist Ben Camacho against the city of Los Angeles. READ

Prof. Ann Southworth was quoted in Reuters on the Pacific Legal Foundation. READ

Prof. Katie Tinto was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article,"A California lawyer cashed in on criminal justice reform by fanning the hopes of inmates’ families." READ

UCI Law listed in "top 10 best law schools for practical training" in Above the Law. READ

UCI Law's 2023 commencement was listed in Above the Law: "Law Schools are Bringing Out Big Names as 2023 Graduation Speakers." READ
Ashley Tellier '15 joined the Department of Energy's Office of the General Counsel, where she will focus on electricity, fossil energy, cybersecurity, energy policy, and Federal Power Marketing Administration issues.

May 18 » Spring Swearing-in Ceremony
  • Alumni who have passed the February 2023 bar exam are invited to come together in person with the UCI Law community, family and friends, to mark this important, and joyous milestone in one's journey to becoming a licensed attorney. The Honorable Karen L. Robinson, Orange County Superior Court, will administer the Oath of Office for the State Bar. (Details)
June 30 » 13th Annual Supreme Court Term In Review
  • Save the date! UCI Law proudly hosts the 2023 Supreme Court Term in Review, moderated by Chancellor’s Professor Michele Goodwin. Thank you to our sponsors: Ms. and TorkLaw. (More details coming soon)
July 12 » ALWD 2023 Biennial Conference
  • The Association of Legal Writing Directors' (ALWD) Biennial Conference is a national conference for the legal writing community. This year's conference, hosted at UCI Law, provides an opportunity for colleagues from across the country to come together to share ideas about teaching, leadership, scholarship, and the issues affecting legal education generally and legal writing programs specifically. (Details)
September 9 » UCI Law Alumni Reunion
  • Save the Date! This year's alumni reunion will celebrate the classes of 2013 and 2018. (More details to come)

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