Volume I / Issue 4

Thoughts on the Arizona Shooting

A year after the Columbine High School massacre, rapper Eminem reflected upon the belatedness of public concern for important issues in his single, “The Way I Am”:
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Promoting Equitable Access to Essential Medicines

In July 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a symposium to tackle one of the most important issues of our times—access to medicines. Each year, millions of people in low-and middle-income (LMI) countries die from preventable and treatable diseases. According to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, “roughly one billion people live on the margins of survival. Read More »


Time to Get Financially Fit

Happy New Year—Time to get Financially Fit!
Now that the holidays have passed and Spring 2011 semester is upon us, many students may begin to feel the financial stress and worry about how to pay for summer expenses. Read More »


Language Barriers in the Legal Profession

Recognizing the importance of interpreters for clients with limited English proficiency is not a radical notion—it is common sense. Many of us would be appalled to learn of a non-English speaking client who was forced to undergo criminal proceedings in the U.S. without an interpreter in the courtroom. Read More »


The Story of Gin Chan and the Power of History

As I sat in the very first class of Race and the Law listening to students introduce themselves and share what they wanted out of the class, I scrambled through many thoughts. Instead of just rambling through random points, I desperately wanted to piece together a cohesive introduction, especially since these topics mattered so deeply to me. Read More »


Halfway Done, Long Way to Go

Nearly four weeks into the semester, I am starting to come to terms with the somewhat terrifying reality that the inaugural class is halfway done with law school. Looking back, I am amazed beyond words by all that my classmates have accomplished—creating student organizations, writing student notes, and perhaps most significantly, laying the foundation for UCI Law’s professional reputation. Read More »


One-Man Band

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a flyer for a performance by UCI Law 1L David Pierucci scheduled for Friday, January 7, 2011 at Ray’s Pizza at the University Center. Very general biographical information was offered on the flyer, but from what I could piece together in my ability to do so the first day or two back from the holiday vacation was that there would be pizza and music. Read More »


My Life in High-Res

There is a movement out there called slow-photography, which asks us “what’s the point?” Indeed, what is the point when cameras have become so quick, so versatile, and so affordable that you can document every friend you have, every night you are not alone, and every sunset you think is the best one you have ever seen. Read More »


“After this our exile…”: My Glimpse into the Refugee’s Plight

Over winter break, two classmates, Lauren Gruber (1L) and Susan Lewis (2L), and I went to Amman, Jordan as part of our work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). On the day before our fact-finding and client meetings actually began, I lost my passport. Now, I have little idea whether losing a passport is a big deal to most people, but for me it was terrifying. Read More »


Distinctions between Covering and Personal Choice

On January 20, 2011, Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow led the reading group Perspectives in a discussion on Professor Kenji Yoshino’s book Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. Read More »



Dean Ortiz began the first class discussion in Spanish for Lawyers by asking, “¿Por qué estás aquí?”(Why are you here?) A few bilingual students responded as native speakers. Another student, who studied in Spain, had a distinctly different accent from the rest of us and used the Vd. and vosotros verb forms, which are unique to Spain. Other students struggled for a few moments and then expressed themselves with competence and clarity. Read More »


From the Editor

We are back, and Voice is sporting a new look. Well, not entirely—the paper is different. From now on, we will be printing most copies of Voice on ivory copy paper. Voice will still be published on newsprint, but only a few copies will be available. Although it was a very difficult decision to make since newspapers should be published on newsprint, we had to change the paper to increase our distribution, lower our costs, and save lots of time. As always, the content will remain the same despite any changes to the appearance of the newspaper. For those who read Voice online, you can ignore all of the above.


This Month’s Cartoon

Dream Deferred by Lisa Payne