Volume II, Issue 3

A Few Thoughts as Another Semester Draws to a Close

Close to this time last year, I wrote a commentary in Voice called “Halfway Done, Long Way to Go.” In it, I wondered what UCI Law would look like for the Class of 2014. I wondered what effect  all the makings of a “real” law school—three classes for the first time ever, law review, moot court, and mock trial programs in full swing—would have on our community. READ MORE


What We Have to Do to Halt Our Economic Collapse

The economic philosophy that still governs says do what is good for businesses (i.e., expand free trade) and the jobs will come. We know better. READ MORE


Please, Do Not Pepper Spray My Grandmother

From students to seniors, it seems like everybody is getting pepper sprayed these days. I have never been to a public protest (unless you consider a pride festival a public protest). I do not know how it feels to be told to vacate an area where I believe my presence is lawful, and my purpose is noble. READ MORE


In Haiti’s Absence, Human Rights Review Proceeds in Geneva

The weighty importance and grandeur of Salle XX of the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland begins at the entrance of the room–those not donning a special badge must put their bags through an x-ray scanner and walk through a metal detector. Once through, the glass doors of the Human Rights Council room reveal an awe-inspiring, grandiose space with a dramatic, colorful ceiling that seems to drip blues and greens and reds onto the delegates sitting in concentric semi-circles below. READ MORE


Making Commercial Space Flight Passengers into “Crew” – A Way Around Tort Liability?

During this summer’s Future of Commercial Space Law and Regulation Conference, hosted by Jones Day and the University of Mississippi, an attendee asked whether commercial space flight passengers could be considered “crew” of the space flight company. By assigning the passengers tasks, he argued, they would become employees, and any injuries they incurred and wanted to sue for would be covered under workers’ compensation instead of tort law (read: cheaper, more predictable, all the things businesses like). READ MORE


Grades Don’t Matter

I got a C+ in high school chemistry. I will admit that at the time, it felt like my life had shattered into a thousand (carbon-based) smithereens. Crying, I broke the news to my mother, who simply said, “I think you’re brave for taking chemistry at all. You’ll still get into college. And the good news is that it’s over, and you won’t have to study it anymore.” READ MORE


Fall Semester in Review

In its second year, APALSA has more than tripled in size. Taking advantage of our increased membership, we have reached out to and maintained relationships with APALSA chapters at other schools, making connections with law students at UCLA, Pepperdine, USC, Southwestern, Chapman, and Whittier. We have also continued our connections with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, sending members to local networking events, mixers, and career events. READ MORE


The 1L Transformation

Stress is “[a] constraining force or influence . . . a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part . . . the deformation caused in a body by such a force . . . [or] a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” READ MORE


Standing for Equality

The California Supreme Court recently granted standing for the Prop 8 Campaign to appeal last year’s holding that the proposition, which implemented a state constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. On an emotional level, the granting of standing was frustrating at first—a  further delay for California couples waiting to wed. READ MORE


DC in DC: “At the Firm This Summer”

If I had a penny every time one of my UCDC classmates began their sentence with, “At the firm this summer…” I might have a dollar. Maybe it is because many of my close friends at UCI did not work at BigLaw over their 2L summers, but it certainly feels like many, if not most, of my UCDC classmates did, and they will return after graduation. READ MORE


Lollygabber: Law School to the Liberal Artist

I consider myself a “liberal artist”—a play on my liberal arts background and liberal political ideology/artistic interests. When I came to law school at UCI, I was most excited about the interdisciplinary curriculum. READ MORE



Today is of no moment
though there remains
a power in numbers
in the way they recall
already familiar images
in clearer more vivid color
that familiar burst
of orange
those black plumes
that blue canvas.

Tomorrow the air rings
with names, the night
shines, wise men peddle wisdom
to muted hearts and muted minds
shuffling and shuffling
back and forth
between all the things that
matter nothing and everything
that breed no consequence
but time.

I have heard the narrative that all
is changed, changed utterly
seen circumstance give way to ceremony
a chance to say again what never needed saying
before, save those who do not need saving
as if faith had need of reason
love, need of object.

Tonight in that hour of night when silence
humbles the smallest thought with meaning
your phantom fingers unfurl across
my palm, linger there like ivy.
I clutch at them clumsily, lightly as if
like tiny castles
they might crumble
in my grasp.


From the Editor

Voice is happy to announce Zeenat Hassan as the new executive editor. She has worked tirelessly over the last year as an associate editor and has taken on a great deal of responsibility in publishing the two most recent issues of Voice. We hope you join us in congratulating (and thanking) Zeenat for taking on this responsibility.

Abandoning the editorial we for a few lines, I would like to thank everyone for their support during my stint as executive editor. I will miss working with all the contributors, giggling at the cartoon of the month before anyone else has seen it, and trying to find the perfect way to arrange articles on a page; I will even miss the chaos and long hours Voice can sometimes entail. Yet, what I will miss the most is having a hand in providing a space for people to express their ideas and frustrations.

I do, however, look forward to being on the other side of Voice, not having to remain neutral despite wanting to comment on an article. Yet, if anyone would still like my opinion on his or her article before publishing in Voice, I will gladly read it with neutral eyes and give feedback as I have done in the past.

Thank you again for your support, without it, continuing to publish Voice would have been impossible.

Diana Palacios


Merging Politics by Lisa Payne


The Efficient Samaritan

Law and Economics Society, UCI Law

Reprinted with permission from Zach Weiner of smbc-comics.com