We’re pleased to announce the election of the 2023-24 Executive Board for our flagship journal, the UC Irvine Law Review. Kanomé Jones, rising 3L, was elected Editor-in-Chief, becoming the first Black student to hold the position.

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In our latest episode of Coffee with the Dean, Kanomé Jones shares why she chose UCI Law, offers her advice for other first-generation students, and reflects on how her theater background has helped shape her law school experience.

They received the Immigrants’ Rights Award at the ACLU SoCal Advocates for Justice Reception on June 1, 2023 for their extraordinary work on the class action case, Kidd v. Mayorkas.

Don't miss our celebrated, annual event on Friday, June 30, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. PDT at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Join us as Professor Michele Goodwin moderates an engaging discussion with an all-star panel of leading experts about the critical decisions of this SCOTUS term. Thank you to our sponsors, Ms. Magazine and TorkLaw.

Isaiah will assume the role of National Graphic Design Specialist, bringing his creative expertise to the organization, while Jelani will serve as the National Director of Programming and Events, spearheading impactful initiatives and shaping engaging experiences for NBLSA members nationwide.

UCI Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, led by Professor Katie Tinto, successfully secured the release of Rayford Stevens, who had served 29 years of a life sentence in federal prison. This marks the 17th successful case for the Clinic’s Compassionate Release and Excessive Sentences Project since 2019.

Professor David Kaye has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program at Lund University in Sweden for the 2023-2024 academic year. He will serve as a Distinguished Scholar in Public International Law at Lund University’s School of Law and its Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, one of the most prominent centers for the study and teaching of human rights law in Europe.

UCI Law joins American University Washington College of Law to provide editorial leadership for the publication. Published since 1948, the Journal addresses key issues confronting legal educators, including curriculum development, teaching methods and scholarship, and serves as an outlet for emerging areas of scholarship and teaching.

Q&A with Rising 3L Ce-Lai Fong, President of OutLaw

Ce-Lai Powell Fong (she/her/hers) is a rising 3L at UCI Law, the current president of OutLaw, the LGBTQ+ affinity group at UCI Law, and is passionate about creating positive change in the legal profession for LGBTQ+ individuals. She recently accepted a position with the LGBTQ+ Bar Association Law Student Congress as an At-Large Member.

 Additionally, Ce-Lai has served as an Executive Co-Chair of the Public Interest Law Fund and is excited to join the Moot Court Board next year. Beyond the classroom, Ce-Lai can be found searching for the best dim sum in Orange County, training for her latest race (a half-Ironman), or working as a crisis counselor for the Trevor Project. Ce-Lai is originally from the Bay Area and is returning home this summer to work as a summer associate at Sheppard Mullin’s San Francisco office. 
Q: Why did you choose UCI Law? 
From the beginning of my law school search, UCI Law stood out as a diverse, public service-oriented institution that valued experiential learning over a more “traditional” legal education. As a result, UCI Law has attracted and turned out a group of students who are open to thinking about the law in creative ways to help their clients and communities, which is why I chose to come here. Of course, the weather doesn’t hurt either.

Q: What has been your proudest accomplishment at UCI Law so far?
My proudest accomplishment has been expanding Dress to Transgress (an event started at UCI Law in 2022) nationwide. Dress to Transgress is a day where law students are encouraged to dress as they would if the concept of "professionalism" fully embraced their identities and communities. The legal profession has historically required many to sacrifice expressing aspects of our identities in the name of our clients during our future legal careers. Dress to Transgress is designed to allow students to reimagine the profession not as it is, but as it could be. It’s important to give us space as future attorneys to think about how we can make our profession more inclusive for ourselves and those who come after us.

Q: What's your favorite class?
My favorite class would have to be either my clinic or Contracts with Christopher Leslie. I was in the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic with Paul Hoffman and Melanie Partow, and my clinic offered me a wide range of legal experiences that spanned every stage of the litigation process. It was also fantastic to learn from Professor Hoffman and Professor Partow, who are so passionate about fighting against the injustices done to their clients. Contracts was another favorite because of Professor Leslie’s expertise and teaching style, which made a topic I thought would be boring incredibly engaging.

Q: You just finished up one year as President of OutLaw and you will serve as President again next year. Would you mind sharing with us a little about your involvement in OutLaw?
It’s an honor to continue my involvement with the vibrant OutLaw community here at UCI Law. We’ve brought back a lot of the social events which were lost during the pandemic, which is so important to building community and holding dedicated, intentional space for LGBTQ+ students. We’re always looking for ways to make sure that our institution is as inclusive as it can be, which is why we are working to expand access to gender-neutral facilities at UCI Law. Additionally, OutLaw plans and hosts Dress to Transgress, and I really enjoyed bringing new speakers into the conversation this year.

Q: As we celebrate Pride month, what message or advice would you like to share with current and prospective LGBTQ+ students considering UCI Law or a career in law?
I would encourage you to embrace your authentic self and know that your unique perspectives and experiences bring immense value to the legal profession. Wherever you choose to go, seek out LGBTQ+ resources and affinity groups like OutLaw or bar associations to find support and connections in the profession. Know that the legal profession is changing (however slowly), and you have the opportunity to advocate for inclusivity and equality within the legal field. Your identity is a strength that can drive positive change and contribute to a more just and inclusive society. Never underestimate the positive impact you can make.
Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran was cited in The New York Times Magazine regarding a system of "Jim Crow credit." READ

Prof. Alejandro Camacho discusses the effects of climate change and habitat destruction in the Washington Post. READ

Prof. Dan Burk was quoted by KATU on the rise of artificial intelligence. READ

Prof. Michele Goodwin spoke with Ali Velshi on his MSNBC podcast regarding post-Roe America. LISTEN

Prof. David Kaye was quoted in the Financial Times on cyberweapon manufacturers. READ
Prof. Omri Marian was quoted in Cointelegraph on tax-loss harvesting with cryptocurrencies and the U.S. tax system. READ

Prof. Susan Seager was quoted in the Student Press Law Center on the arrest of a student journalist. READ

Prof. Katie Tinto discusses legal hurdles involved with charging burglary defendants with hate crimes in FOX11 . READ

UCI Law faculty members make their mark at the Law & Society conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A dozen faculty will be presenting, along with over 30 faculty and Ph.D. scholars from UC Irvine. READ
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. Magazine and TorkLaw. (Register here)
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)

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