Thank You from APALSA
Dear UCI Law Community,
After months of planning – and the combined efforts of so many of us – the second-ever UCI Law student-run symposium, “Reigniting Community: Strengthening the APA Identity” brought together community members, academics, and practitioners this past Thursday and Friday. Over 120 people registered for the symposium and kick-off event. The symposium line-up featured two performing artists, three visual artists, a documentary screening, a moving presentation by sixteen UCI law students, and remarks by nineteen different scholars and practitioners from all over the country, all of which sparked meaningful dialogue. While we could fill an entire issue of the Voice with the thanks that are due, we first wanted to express gratitude for your support.
Our greatest hope for this symposium is that the conversations sparked last week will continue long past this week, this month, and this year. With this in mind, we have tried to institutionalize memory for this event – in the form of a poster we’d like to hang in the student lounge; t-shirts we hope people will continue to wear; and conference recordings and pictures that we hope will remain a part of the history of student-run symposia at UCI Law. Furthermore, articles from this symposium will be published in the UC Irvine Law Review and we encourage students to submit notes in time to be considered for publication with those articles.
We also hope the spirit of the symposium will endure in less tangible ways – in the relationships built, in the conversations started, and in the impressions we have made and continue to make on the rest of the legal community. This symposium provided us with the opportunity to connect with local community organizations as well as programs and departments on the greater UCI campus that want very much to collaborate with the UCI Law community. Thank you for the conversations, the support, and for reiginiting community with us.
Denny, James, and Jennifer