Volume I / Issue 6

Climate Justice

On April 1, 2011, UCI Law’s first student-organized conference will be held at UCI Law. “A3: A Conference on Climate Justice,” examines the social injustices faced by vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by climate change. The one-day, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. event will bring together scholars, practitioners, and students to explore and strategize ways to address climate justice through the power of law, policy, and coalition building. READ MORE

A Call to Challenge Process at the Law School of the 21st

To paraphrase Professor Stephen Lee, You didn’t come to law school for free; you’re here to build an institution. The incredible opportunity to execute our law school’s inaugural student-run conference—A3: A Conference on Climate Justice—has been an adventure into both the glory and grit of institution building. READ MORE

Building the Public Interest Law School of the 21st Century: Two Years in Review

For this year’s last issue of Voice, I decided to reflect on two years of institution and community building at UCI Law with a particular look at social justice and public interest. READ MORE

Gunner Dilemma

I recently watched George Washington University Law Revue’s spoof on Cee Lo Green’s F*ck You, a roast of what the song calls “gunners.” Gunners, according to the spoof, are students who “raise their hand in every single class.” READ MORE

From Peace Corps to Law School

On March 1, 1961, President JFK signed the executive order that established the Peace Corps program. Fifty years later, the program continues to ally Americans and foreigners. Because Peace Corps is such an individual experience, volunteers often leave their service with a very different idea of their future than when they began. READ MORE

Sojourn in the Land of Poets, Lakes, and Volcanoes

From April 2007 to July 2009, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ticuantepe,
Nicaragua, working in the area of small business development. The following is
excerpted from an essay written in late 2008 as I approached the last several months of my service. READ MORE


Renegotiating the Boundaries of Guilt

We have reached an impasse. As our criminal and immigration systems continue to coalesce, we are increasingly unable to have rational problem-solving discussions about these key issues. READ MORE

Discussion Welcome

People who know me outside of law school tend to assume that I feel out of place here at UCI Law. “What is it like,” they ask, “to be a conservative at that law school?” As if our school were filled with crazy-eyed liberals. READ MORE

Help Wanted

“I don’t know any lawyers. I am the first in my family to go to college and pursue an advanced degree. The LSAT? What’s that? The applications are due when?! I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m so confused.” READ MORE

Playing Politics

Forty-five years after the landmark Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices in the United States, voting is now deemed by some to be a privilege, not a right. READ MORE

In Defense of the Career Development Office

When prospective students visit UCI Law or email me with questions about the school, I generally respond by boasting about the kind, supportive culture the law school is developing and the collegiality between the students, faculty, and staff. READ MORE

Diversity: Entry Gate

“Legal education is unusually stratified, and schools at the upper end of the hierarchy produce a disproportionate number of the profession’s most privileged and influential members.”1 From the admission process through graduation, applicants and students are categorized, measured, and ranked, and it begins with each applicant’s LSAT score. READ MORE


I finally had the pleasure of seeing Luke Boughen’s documentary, Pelada. I had high expectations because (a) it had received good reviews, (b) the trailer was enticing, and, most importantly, (c) a classmate had taken a huge role in its production. Luke, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White, and Rebekah Fergusson directed the film. READ MORE

From the Editor

We did it. We reached the final issue of Voice for the year, the sixth issue. Of course, this first volume was made possible with the help of many amazing contributors. Without people willing to write and put up with annoying emails and edits, Voice would not exist. We are proud of every issue and it has been a great year despite some difficulties.

For example, the last issue of Voice caused some commotion. We were warned that maybe we went too far, we were advised to exercise discretion, and we were told to be ashamed, but we disagree. Voice is the paper of discourse and dissent. We do not publish some voices to the exclusion of others because the presentation or message is not one that garners support. The articles in question have caused discourse; students responded in this issue and we have over heard (and have partaken in) discussions on these topics as well. That is the point. Anyone is welcomed to disagree because Voice is a forum not an endorsement. Be it articles critical of students or the administration, the only discretion we will exercise will be based on legality and when we are uncertain, we will seek guidance.

Issues like the last one remind us why we do this. Voice exists to create a safe space, and the last six issues have been just that. The next volume will be no different; next year, Voice will continue to inspire, be thought provoking, and cause commotion.

This Month’s Cartoon

Libya 2011 by Lisa Payne