Happy 15 years to our amazing community! This milestone underscores how much we have collectively accomplished, and the tremendous distinction we have achieved together.
UCI Law is pleased to introduce four new full-time faculty members who began July 2023: Adam Cowing, Veena Dubal, Kevin Haeberle and Ari Waldman. In addition, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Jessica Rofé (Spring 2024) and Heather Tanana as visiting assistant professors of law. (Pictured L-R: Professors Cowing, Dubal, Haeberle, Tanana and Waldman.)

Legal Aid At Work attorney Nora Cassidy ('17) helped a client named Laura, a truck driver in the Central Valley, to seek justice against her employer for unlawful practices related to a sexual assault she experienced on the job, leading to a favorable settlement in 2023. Watch the powerful video about the client's story and Nora's work.

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.

With the assistance of Professor Dalié Jiménez, UCI Law's Consumer Law Clinic is partnering with the Student Borrower Protection Center to offer students the opportunity to work on a range of timely projects that will affect the future trajectory of student debt nationwide. Public interest attorneys Josh Rovenger and Sophie Laing will lead the project. View a short introductory video to learn more about the clinic.

UCI Law hosted the national law school legal writing directors community for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Biennial Conference from July 12-14. Over 200 participants joined us from across the nation, representing more than 100 law schools. The conference was an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas about teaching, leadership, scholarship and the evolving landscape of legal education and writing programs.

Tristan Campbell's article, "Involuntary Civil Commitment As Mass Incarceration," is included in Vol. 79 of the National Lawyers Guild Review for Spring/Summer 2023. Campbell will be working with Prof. Ji Seon Song during the 2023-2024 academic year to continue research on the topic and further expand upon the article.

Alumni News: UCI Law Alumni Reconnect Across the U.S. for Summer Socials

Cheers to an amazing summer! Big thanks to all of our alumni who came out to the UCI Law Alumni Association Summer Socials. From coast to coast, we came, we laughed, we reconnected – and kept that UCI Law spirit alive.

Special shoutout to our incredible city hosts: Joe Boniwell '13, Adriana Nunez '14
Terence Desouza ’17, Merve Kaner ’22 LL.M., Vladimir L’Ouverture ’20 Tax, Sydney Martin ’22, Tommy McClain ’13, Micah Morris ’16, Isra Shah ’12 and Jordin Wilcher ’21.

Check out the photos below, taken at various locations, including Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego.
Q&A With Irene Lee, 2L and President of the Student Bar Association at UCI Law

Irene grew up in Arcadia, CA. In 2020, she graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Business Administration. Currently, Irene is involved with the Orange County Korean American Bar Association. Over the summer, she externed for Chief Judge Philip S. Gutierrez.

During her first year of law school, Irene developed a keen interest in labor and employment litigation as well as real estate litigation.
Q: Congratulations on your role as SBA president at UCI Law! What are you most excited about in this role?
I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead and learn from the student body. My primary goal as SBA President is to create a sense of community by increasing accessibility and planning campus activities, such as game nights, spirit days and movie nights. The SBA Board is exceptional this year, and I am super excited to work with everyone!

Q: What motivated you to pursue a law degree and why did you choose UCI Law?
My interest in the law developed through working in the downtown Los Angeles fashion industry. I witnessed how frustrating it is for laypersons, especially those with language barriers, to find legal representation. I chose to attend law school to be able to help my family and community. I chose to attend UCI Law because of the excellence and quality of the faculty, in addition to the abundance of hands-on opportunities. I also love the city, the 55 mph speed limit, and the proximity to my family. Being a student at UCI Law has allowed me to leave my comfort zone and learn more about diverse perspectives. Choosing UCI Law has been one of the best decisions I have made, and I could not imagine attending any other law school.

Q: What has been your proudest accomplishment so far at UCI Law? (or what do you hope to accomplish?)
Looking back on 1L, I am proud of applying for leadership positions, fully immersing myself in my community, and getting to know my peers. I would not be where I am today without the friends I made along the way (you know who you are). However, I have only finished my first year of law school, and I am excited about the opportunities that the future holds.

Q: What advice would you give to prospective students who are thinking about going to law school?
To prospective students considering or planning to attend law school, I would encourage them to take full advantage of office hours, student organizations and networking opportunities!
Prof. Dan Burk commented on Section 230 and artificial intelligence in KIMA Action News. READ

Prof. Alex Camacho was quoted in NPR on the EPA's plan to retool its pesticide program in an effort to protect endangered species. READ

Prof. Veena Dubal was quoted in BBC on the use of AI to measure productivity and determine wages, which according to her research, is leading to lower wages and inequality. READ

Prof. Dalié Jiménez spoke on AirTalk with Larry Mantle about President Biden's new income-driven repayment plan, SAVE. LISTEN
Prof. Elizabeth Loftus commented in New Scientist on deepfake videos and articles, and their ability to create false memories. READ

Prof. Ji Seon Song was quoted in The Marshall Project on privacy laws and how they are impacting women in fetal personhood cases. READ

Prof. Jane Stoever wrote an op-ed in Scientific American on the pressing need for the Supreme Court to support firearm restrictions in civil protection orders to protect survivors of domestic violence. READ

Prof. Heather Tanana was quoted in The Globe and Mail on U.S. tribal nations and their legacy of poor drinking water. READ
Congratulations to all the
July 2023 bar-takers. Recent UCI Law alumni are pictured here after the bar exam at the Ontario Center.
You did it!
Samrah Mahmoud '12 and Christina Zabat-Fran '12, members of the inaugural J.D. class at UCI Law, have been nominated for L.A. Times B2B Publishing's Orange County Inspirational Women Forum & Leadership Awards.

Claire-Lise Kutlay '15 became Partner at Greenberg Gross LLP.

Sara Alattas, LL.M. '18, a member of the inaugural LL.M. class at UCI Law, was promoted to Senior Manager in Legal and Governance at Bupa Arabia.

September 9 » Classes of 2013 and 2018 Reunion
We look forward to celebrating the fifth and tenth anniversaries of our alumni! (Details)

October 11-13 » International Access to Justice Forum 2023
Hosted at UCI Law this year, the International Access to Justice Forum 2023 will bring together a diverse group of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and court and dispute resolution experts to discuss exciting new developments and ongoing challenges in access to civil justice. We look forward to 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. (Details)

October 19 » Exploring a Potential Federal Insurance Response to Catastrophic Cyber Risk
Join UC Irvine’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute and UCI Law for a half-day deep dive into the possibilities of leveraging a potential U.S. Government financial backstop for the cyber-insurance ecosystem to improve cyber hygiene and our national and economic security. Conference highlights include the Keynote Lunch Address by the Honorable Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security & Department of Defense General Counsel. Free to attend. (Details)

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