Volume I / Issue 1

A Terrific Development

I am thrilled that the students have created a law school newspaper. Obviously, as a constitutional law professor, I believe strongly in freedom of the press (and promise to support it even when it is criticizing me). The student paper can be an invaluable forum for communicating news about the law school, debaing law school policies, offering opinions, and providing insights into legal issues. Read More »

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Why law school and why UCI?

First-year law students answer. Read More »

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My Summer in the Storm

On April 23rd, Governor Jan Brewer signed a controversial immigration bill into effect: Arizona SB 1070. One month later, I was driving to Los Angeles for my first day at National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), a public interest organization that seeks to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. Read More »

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But Wait, I Thought We Elected Obama?

When I started interning at the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project (VRP) in late May 2010, little did I realize that my summer would be spent assisting with litigation debating whether America is post-racial. I was aware that the election of President Obama gave much encouragement to those eager to declare America colorblind. Read More »

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I Discovered I am Not a Model Minority

This past summer I clerked at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC). To work at APALC was a form of reconciliation for me. I have advocated for the rights of the underprivileged since many years before I came to law school, namely on behalf of LGBT rights. Yet up until recently, my being an Asian American rarely informed that social justice work. Read More »

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Legal Services Organizations Struggle to Provide Quality Representation for Clients

With significantly less funding in the past two years, Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) in Lawrence, Massachusetts, like many other legal services organizations around the country, has had to cut its budget and staff. The majority of legal services funding comes from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). Read More »

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Caminante, No Hay Camino / Pathmaker, There Is No Path

Antonio Machado (1875-1939), the great poet of the Spanish Civil War, might well have been speaking to and about those of us who, with eyes and hearts wide-open, voluntarily chose to join the founding and inaugural communities at UC Irvine’s brand-new law school, as dedicated and risk-taking pathmakers: Read More »

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Diversity: It Is Time for Every Law School to Walk the Talk

The legal profession, according to the American Bar Association, remains a predominantly white, male profession at large law firms, on the bench, among law school faculty and students. This is so even though many more women and people of color seek admission to law school. They have been doing so in significant numbers for the past thirty-plus years. Read More »

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Lollygabber: MSU Sanctions Must be Overturned

As the holy month of Ramadan drew to a close last week, members of the Muslim Student Union (MSU) at UC Irvine had little reason to celebrate. On Friday, September 3, UC Irvine upheld its suspension of the entire organization and sentenced its members to 100 hours of community service. Read More »

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From the Editor

When the uRSA Executive Board made me the Voice Executive, I was excited to take on the responsibility of starting a newspaper. UCI School of Law needed a forum for people to express themselves, discuss important issues, and dissent from the status quo. Voice intends to fill this need with no hidden agenda or secret preferences. As far as I am concerned, anyone can write for the paper and everyone should.

That said, I am proud of this first issue and tremendously grateful to all those who contributed to it. Every article is a voice and important in its own right. Without these articles, we would have no newspaper.It was an uphill battle to publish this first issue, but I have to admit that it was all worth it and I cannot wait to do it all over again for the next issue.