Volume I / Issue 5

Change Egyptians Can Believe in

The political uprising in Egypt has given many of us reason for hope in the power of angry citizens to demand accountability and democratic change in government. While the Egyptian protests bode well for the future of democracy, some worry that a new government will favor Islamic radicalism and be less friendly to America’s goals.
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Hope for a Democratic Egypt

So if you have not been watching the news lately or live under a rock, President Hosni Mubarak has just been overthrown by a military coup. This is a result of several days of popular uprising. Read More »

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On Living in Irvine

Moving to Irvine was not a totally easy transition for me. That said, there are palm trees and I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt in February. I will survive.  Read More »

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Back Row Curmudgeon

I missed the first week of school because of an illness. So, when I arrived on week two, I stood aside and let everyone take the seats they had presumably already claimed. Read More »

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Behind the Curtain

I always feel a little dishonest when I talk to my law school-bound friends about my experiences as a 1L at a “laid back” school. I tell them about all of the cool cases I have studied, the engaging class discussions I have had, and the connections I have been able to make with some amazingly brilliant, passionate people. Read More »

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The Transformative Practice of Law

Law students of color are constantly told, especially by other people of color, not to pursue the public interest because of the potential to be “more than” that. It is astonishing to me that many students key their law school applications to their commitment to community and “diversity,” and appear to be selected for those very reasons. Read More »

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¡Adelante a LatCrit XVI in San Diego, California!

Reading Tania’s reflections on attending LatCrit XV casts my mind back to my own such experience at LatCrit IX, which was held in 2004 in Malvern, Pennsylvania. I too was awarded by LatCrit’s Student Scholar Program for an essay I drafted (and subsequently revised) on the oft-forgotten histories of legal struggles against school segregation in California and Mississippi. Read More »

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Selling Your Soul for Followers

Some evangelists convince people to join their flock by warning of eternal damnation; Joel Osteen built his following by telling viewers God wants them to be wealthy. That positive message has helped Osteen’s Lakewood Church become the largest church in America, but Osteen is failing to use his position of influence in a positive manner. Read More »

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How “The Reagan Rule” Destroyed the Economy

What is The Reagan Rule? Let me start with its predecessor, The Henry Ford Rule, to make the explanation simpler. Read More »

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A Trip to OC Men’s Central Jail

On a Friday afternoon, we went with 19 other students from UCI Law on a tour of a local county jail, organized by the Orange County Human Rights Association (OCHRA). After the visit, as we shared our experience with friends, one question kept coming up: why visit a jail? Read More »

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“If I am for myself alone…”

Professor Henry Weinstein made the following comments in his Lawyering Skills class on February 1 after thanking his students for most of the comments they made—both favorable and unfavorable—on anonymous course evaluations they submitted. Read More »

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MANDATORY: READ THIS NOW !!!

Yesterday, upon opening my email, I discovered three messages from UCI Law’s administration: Read More »

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A Morning with We the People

When I volunteered to serve as a judge for the We the People Southern California Middle School Competition last month, I did not quite realize exactly what I had agreed to do. Read More »

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Everlasting Love

I do not usually have time to visit museums. But in July 2010, I went to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to see the exhibition “Secrets of the Silk Road” because I heard some of China’s best national treasures were on display. Read More »

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America and the Presumption of Tyranny

Central to the establishment of this country was the system of checks and balances, designed to prevent the aggregation of excessive power in any one government branch. The United States Constitution draws the blueprint of a clever machine, just efficient enough to be functional and just inefficient enough to counteract the momentum of power. Read More »

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Lip Service to Diversity

Professionalism and diversity inevitably clash. The legal profession commits to diversity like the NFL commits to safety. The NFL’s commissioner says the league prioritizes safety, but the very rules of the game require violence. Football fans expect and demand violence; nobody watches touch football. Read More »

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A Year of Community and Collaboration: uRSA Turns One

On February 16, 2010, the underRepresented Student Alliance held its first meeting at UCI Law to “provide a forum for discussing race, gender and cultural issues in a legal setting.” uRSA immediately began planning its first project, a mentorship program between UCI law students and undergraduates. Read More »

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Diversity: The LSAT

I was unable to complete my Diversity column for the January issue of the Voice because Dean Ortiz and I were preparing to do a presentation on Diversity Strategies at a major San Francisco law firm. Read More »

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Lollygabber

“Propagating murder is not free speech!” “Michael Oren, you are a war criminal!” “You, sir, are an accomplice to genocide!” “How many Palestinians did you kill?” These were some of the outbursts that disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010. The law school co-sponsored the event. The 11 students, 8 from UC Irvine and 3 from UC Riverside, who were arrested are collectively referred to as the “Irvine 11.” Read More »

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From the Editor

Admittedly, we were shocked; everyone liked the new paper and we received many positive comments. And maybe it was the new paper that encouraged 20 different people to contribute to this issue, which is by far our largest with an incredible variety of contributors, from law professors to 2 Berkeley Law students. We can only hope that this encourages more people to write.

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This Month’s Cartoon


By the People by Lisa Payne

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