We are proud to welcome a new cohort of outstanding students to the UCI Law community this fall! The Law School welcomes new J.D., LL.M. and Graduate Tax Program classes, totaling 187 new students, from 34 states and 11 countries.

UCI Law is pleased to announce the naming of its accomplished Pro Bono Program in recognition of a generous gift from Michael G. Ermer, Partner Emeritus at Irell & Manella LLP. The program will now be known as the Michael G. Ermer Pro Bono Program, in tribute to Ermer's dedication to public service and his significant contributions and long support of UCI Law's public service law programs.

In our latest episode of Coffee with the Dean, Irene Lee shares what inspired her to enroll in law school, offers her advice to prospective law students, describes her involvement with the Student Bar Association and Orange County Korean American Bar Association, and reflects on the lasting friendships she has formed at UCI Law.

Andres Berdugo (’23), a recent LL.M. graduate of the UCI Law Graduate Tax Program, was named the winner of the 2023 Tax Notes Student Writing Competition for his article titled, “Form Follows Function: A Critical Analysis and Reassessment of the Continuity of Business Enterprise Doctrine.” The annual student writing competition recognizes superior student writing on unsettled questions in federal, state, or international tax law or policy. Berdugo’s article will be published in Tax Notes Federal, Tax Notes International, and Tax Notes State in September.

We are pleased to present the newly relaunched UCI Law Talks podcast series with Dean Austen Parrish. In this episode, Dean Parrish interviews Monica Eav Glicken, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Law Center (PLC), on how the PLC is fighting for justice in Orange County, her career in immigration law and public interest work, the unique Orange County legal community, the work UCI Law students do with the PLC, and her advice for law students.

UCI Law and UCI's Henry Samueli School of Engineering established the Engineering-Law Scholarship Program, a collaboration to offer Samueli School of Engineering graduates access to scholarship funds at UCI Law. The collaboration seeks to provide talented engineering students interested in the study of law — including intellectual property, law and technology, and other areas — the ability to obtain an affordable legal education at one of the nation’s top public law schools.

Alumnus Edgar Aguilasocho (’12) collaborated with WLO clinic students to attain a measure of justice for essential workers who led walkouts during the pandemic. Under Prof. Sameer Ashar’s supervision and in collaboration with United Farm Workers, Aguilasocho and his firm’s paralegal staff, the clinic team — which included UCI Law ’23 graduates Erin Black, Mason Doidge, and Ethan Smith— researched potential claims, interviewed workers on-site, visited the plant, began informal discovery and drafted a state court complaint.

A consortium of community leaders, local and state policymakers, and UC scholars was awarded a $1.2 million climate action grant as part of the historic $80 million partnership announced on August 23, 2023 by the University of California and the state of California to address state climate priorities.

The brainchild of Gregg Macey, Center Associate Director for Environmental Justice at the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR), this innovative “Integrated and Equitable Climate Action” (IECA) project will align local land use plans with urgent state climate objectives and mandates and developing best practices for localities to engage in effective and equitable adaptation planning. Prof. Alejandro Camacho, who serves as faculty director of CLEANR, is the principal investigator on the project. Co-investigators include Profs. Mario Barnes, Joseph F. C. DiMento and Carrie Menkel-Meadow.

The International Justice Clinic (David Kaye with supporting work from students Eric Nguyen and Robia Amjad) submitted a letter to a Japanese Court on the vital role of journalists in conflict zones in a case concerning the Japanese government’s rejection of a passport application by a Japanese journalist who had been reporting from conflict zones. The letter was quoted in a major Japanese newspaper.

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.

The Law Alumni Association (LAA) is seeking two alumni members to join UCI Law's DEI Committee, composed of alumni, students, administrators, and faculty, dedicated to fostering diversity and equity within the school. Interested alumni are encouraged to submit candidacy statements by September 12. The LAA Board and Council will review submissions, with new DEI Committee members announced on September 21, serving a one-year term starting in Fall 2023. For inquiries, please email [email protected].

Q&A With Tommy McClain '13, Program Analyst with the Citywide Food Access Team, San Francisco Human Services Agency

In my role as a program analyst with the Citywide Food Access Team, I manage grants with and support small San Francisco-based community organizations that run food security programs for primarily low-income immigrant and Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) households. 

Prior to working for the San Francisco Human Services Agency, I worked in the Legal Affairs & Enforcement Division of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, and I served as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. 
Q: How did UCI Law prepare you for your legal practice?
UCI Law prepared me for legal practice and my career with its emphasis on getting hands-on and practical training. The professors and administration encouraged and allowed us to participate in pro bono service from the get-go and pushed us to focus more on getting experience through pro bono service, externships, and clinics rather than worrying about taking every single bar exam course.

Q: What do you like best about your work?
I enjoy the opportunity to interact with inspiring, grassroots organizations that serve their communities through dignified, culturally relevant, and community-led food security programs. We get to work with partners who feature program models such as free grocery markets, kitchens where community members cook meals with and for each other, and urban farms that train BIPOC youth apprentices.

Q: What was the best part about being a student at UCI Law?
The best part about being a student at UCI Law was that the school attracted warm and kind people; some of my former classmates were my closest friends. Additionally, we had supportive professors who were very generous with their time and energy outside of the classroom, in my case, especially Professor Mario Barnes and Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow. And, with UCI Law being a new school at the time, I really appreciated the adventurous spirit of the Class of 2012 and the example they set for the subsequent classes, particularly the founding members of the Underrepresented Students Alliance (UrSA).

Q: How do you stay involved with the UCI Law community?
I'm always excited to reconnect with other alums, so I've volunteered to organize summer socials and get togethers in San Diego and the Bay Area. And when I lived in southern California, I enjoyed volunteering during summers at UCI Law for the Pre-Law Outreach Program and the Saturday Academy of Law.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at UCI Law’s Reunion on September 9th? 
Now, having lived in the Bay Area for five years, I feel quite far away from the community of UCI Law. So, I can't wait to catch up with classmates and professors I haven't seen in a while!
Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran was quoted in BNN Bloomberg on turmoil surrounding California banks. READ

Prof. Veena Dubal was quoted in Fast Company on Uber and Lyft gig workers' rights. READ

Prof. David Kaye commented in NBC News on government affiliations with tech platforms. READ

Prof. Elizabeth Loftus' studies on the concept of false memory was featured in the French newspaper Le Monde. READ
Prof. Jane Stoever co-wrote an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee with Karen Earl, CEO of Jenesse Center, Inc., about AB 1028 "Centering Survivor Safety and Health" (McKinnor). READ

Prof. Susan Seager was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on a lawsuit against a journalist who is being sued by the city of Los Angeles. READ

Prof. Heather Tanana spoke on KALW Public Media's "Your Call" program about the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision against the Najavo Nation in a major water rights case. LISTEN
Samrah Mahmoud '12 was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's Women in Business Awards.

Christina Zabat-Fran '12 was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's Women in Business Awards.

Caitlin Emmons '15 was featured in the Orange County Business Journal.

Sai Upadhyayula '20 was chosen for the second time as a recipient of the John Wilson Award by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, in recognition of outstanding legal service to the firm's pro bono clients.

Jordin Wilcher '21 was chosen by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to be a recipient of the John Wilson Award, which recognizes outstanding legal service to the firm's pro bono clients.

September 9 » Class of 2013 and 2018 Reunion
  • We will celebrate the fifth and tenth anniversary of our alumni graduating from UCI Law. (Details)
September 12 » CLEANR, Newkirk & CPR | People's Tribunal on Pesticide Use and Civil Rights in California | Webinar
  • Farmworkers and agricultural communities in the U.S., particularly in California, face significant challenges and limited protection. This event aims to empower community members to discuss civil rights within the context of pesticide use and exposure, shedding light on regulatory gaps, scientific research, and the pressing concerns of these marginalized populations. (Details)
September 12 » Federal Bar Association: Prince, Jack Daniels, and AI: Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law
  • UCI Law hosts the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Intellectual Property Program for a discussion featuring The Hon. John W. Colcomb, Prof. R. Anthony Reese and Knobbe Partner Lynda Zadra-Symes. (Details)
September 18 » Federal Bar Association: Inside the Federal Criminal Justice System
  • The UCI Law Criminal Justice Clinic Co-Hosts the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Criminal Practice Program for a discussion featuring The Hon. Douglas McCormick, US Attorney Chief Assistant for the Santa Ana Branch Ben Barron, Santa Ana Bureau Chief for the Federal Public Defender’s Office Kelley Lane Munoz and Keller/Anderle Partner Chase Scolnick. (Details)
September 20 » Graduate Tax Program KPMG Information Session
  • Meet the KPMG M&A Tax Team for an information session followed by a meet and greet. (Details)
September 28 » Graduate Tax Program EY Information Session
  • EY Tax professionals will be on-campus to speak with Tax LL.M. students, and 2Ls and 3Ls interested in tax. (Details)
September 28 » IEFV | Kelley Fong - I Know How It Feels: Empathy and Reluctance to Mobilize Legal Authorities
  • The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence welcomes Professor Kelley Fong (UCI Sociology) to discuss her journal article "I Know How It Feels: Empathy and Low-Income Mothers' Reluctance to Alert Child Protection Authorities." (Details)
September 29 » CLSC | Socio-Legal Studies Workshop: Ashley Rubin
  • Ashley Rubin, Associate Professor at University of Hawaii, will present: The American Prison (forthcoming). (Details)
October 11 » International Access to Justice Forum 2023
  • The International Access to Justice Forum 2023 will take place at UCI Law Oct. 11 – 13 featuring presentations on topics ranging from legal needs surveys to online dispute resolution innovations, legal professional regulatory reform to the links between climate change and civil justice. Register to join the event in-person or online. (Details)
October 19 » Exploring a Potential Federal Insurance Response to Catastrophic Cyber Risk:
  • Join UC Irvine’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute and UCI Law, as well as senior officials from the White House Office of the National Cyber Director and Department of the Treasury for a half-day deep dive into the possibilities of leveraging a potential United States Government financial backstop for the cyber-insurance ecosystem to improve cyber hygiene and our national and economic security. Free to attend. (Details)

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