Volume I / Issue 2

Becoming a Community Lawyer

Let me start with a bit of my rather non-traditional legal background. As a true child of the 60s, I am a graduate of the first class at the Peoples College of Law (“PCL”), formed by several progressive bar associations as a school whose only purpose was to train community lawyers. Read More »


My First Time in San Diego

One of the reasons I came to UCI Law School was to live in California. Although I am proud of my Midwestern roots, I craved leaving the quiet suburbs of Michigan. Some of my college friends, also native Midwesterners, graduated and moved out here. They would call me to constantly praise the wonderful weather, progressive political values, and vibrant communities of color. Read More »


Confronting the Human Rights Concerns of SB1070

Since its proposal, SB1070 has generated a polarizing debate on the issue of illegal immigration. As fierce as the arguments on both sides have been, the mainstream debate on SB1070 has remained rather narrow in scope. Conservatives argue that illegal immigrants are a drain on the system and a concern for national security. Liberals argue that proper enforcement of SB1070 requires that citizens of color be subjected to racial profiling. Neither side seems too concerned with turning to other issues that the controversial Read More »


Why Not?

People often ask: Why get involved? Why should I care about gay marriage when I am not gay? Why should I care about immigration or Arizona’s SB1070 when I am a citizen? Why should I care about the recruitment and retention of people of color into higher education when I am not a person of color? All great questions. Here is a better one: Why not? Read More »


Advocacy with Intelligence

I LOVED the first issue of Voice. Fresh out of graduate school, I taught English at the community college and middle school levels. My message to both groups was the same: Written communication is one of the most powerful tools they could possess. Reading Voice not only reminded me of the message to my students, but it also reminded me of how true that statement was. Read More »


A Message for My Students

I have always been drawn to lists. I think it is because they break concepts down into easily digestible pieces. They are structured, organized, and easy to understand. When Diana Palacios asked me to contribute a piece for the uRSA newspaper, I thought long and hard about what kind of article I should write. In staying true to what speaks to me and what I think is important to remember as a law student, I would like to leave you with a list of reminders. This is of course not an all-encompassing list, but rather a couple of reminders that I hope will help you guard your emotional well-being during law school and beyond. Read More »


A Real Social Network: Time-Banking

In 1963, Edgar Cahn graduated from law school determined to use his law degree for social justice. The following year, he and his wife wrote The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective, which became the blueprint for the National Legal Services programs. Cahn then worked as a speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy and helped Kennedy organize a national campaign against hunger and create the Volunteers in Service for America (VISTA) program. Read More »


Discussing the “Savage Inequalities” of the Achievement Gap

On October 14, 2010, the monthly reading group Perspectives, a joint effort by the Center on Law, Equality, and Race and uRSA, held its first session on the book Savage Inequalities by Read More »


Diversity: Where Have the African American and Mexican American Law Students Gone?

In an earlier piece in my series on Diversity in Law Schools and the Legal Profession, I raised the issue of the absence of a critical mass of students of color in law school. I suggested that deans’ talking the talk about diversity is not enough to actualize a significant increase in the numbers of students of color in law school and the profession in order to reach a critical mass. Read More »


Lollygabber: A Call for Politically Correct Halloween Costumes

Last Halloween season, I was disgusted (but not surprised) by a latex mask offered by Spirit Halloween, Target, and many other retailers. The mask made the controversial illegal alien costume, which featured a space alien in an orange jumpsuit holding a fake green card, seem like Little Bo Peep garb. Read More »


From the Editor

Although we were incredibly pleased with the first issue, we have made some changes based on several comments and recommendations. Some changes may not be obvious but we hope they improve the reading experience.

One major change is the addition of artwork by our very own Lisa Payne, who has also agreed to provide us with political cartoons for future issues. Adding Lisa to our family of regular contributors is a big step for us at Voice since many things cannot be said with words. For example, the cartoon on the cover embodies everything we have envisioned for Voice. The newspaper is meant to be an instrument like a bullhorn that amplifies the voice of the individual giving him or her the opportunity to be heard, but we had no way of saying it until now.

More changes are expected, but do not fret because Voice will continue to be the newspaper for discourse and dissent.


This Month’s Cartoon

Voice by Lisa Payne