VOLUME III / ISSUE 4

FROM THE EDITORS

It is with great appreciation and excitement that we pen our first co-editor’s note for Voice. True to UCI Law’s willingness to innovate, our esteemed predecessor, Zeenat Hassan, has embraced our desire to share the helm of Voice as a duo. In keeping with Zeenat’s vision for the paper, and one that is shared by so many past and present members of the UCI Law community, we are deeply committed to providing a safe and respectful forum for the free exchange of ideas. Each of your individual perspectives is essential to the open and robust dialogue Voice strives to foster, and one that we hope will continue to define the Law School’s identity and help us grow together. This is our paper, our Voice, and we strongly encourage every one of you to contribute and pay attention to what others have to say!

In the same vein, we are proud to dedicate this edition of Voice to the different ideas, work, and experiences of the UCI law community. We are concerned with issues that reach beyond the pages of our textbooks and into everyday life. The public interest ethos that helps define UCI Law is alive and well, as this year’s law students have participated in a multitude of pro-bono projects, working to help communities near and far. We are proud to share some of their stories.

All the best,

Sam Titelman and Caroline Reiser
stitelma@lawnet.uci.edu    reiserc@lawnet.uci.edu
Executive Editors

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PRO BONO: “A WITNESS TO JUSTICE”

There is a wonderful quote taped to Professor Henry Weinstein’s door that reads, “be proximate to injustice and a witness to justice.”  It is attributed to Bryan Stevenson, the extraordinary founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative and a recent speaker here at UCI School of Law. READ MORE.

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INTRODUCING GERTRUDE AND SOCRATES

Dear Gertrude and Socrates,
     A new column on The Voice?! WTF is this about??
Sincerely,
     Confused
READ MORE.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE SATURDAY ACADEMY OF LAW

Law schools and the legal profession are not known for their racial diversity. According to the Society of American Law Teachers and the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at the Columbia University School of Law, despite the increased number of law students over the past fifteen years, the percentage of African American and Mexican American law students has decreased during that same time period. READ MORE.

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NATIONAL INTROSPECTION AND INTERNATIONAL CONDESCENSION

Among United States citizens who have traveled broadly to countries rich, poor and in-between, two camps of thought have generally arisen. In the one camp there are those who, having considered the great variety of cultural norms and practices, the social networks necessitated by material realities, the nature of corruption and the levels of government and private business interactions that it affects, take away the considered opinion that there are benefits and drawbacks to residing in nearly every country on the planet. READ MORE.

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THE INSPIRATION OF THE MISSISSIPPI CENTER FOR JUSTICE

Working for the Mississippi Center for Justice was such an inspiring and fulfilling experience. Not only were the staff appreciative of our contributions to the Center’s work, but also everyone we collaborated with was so warm and genuine. A large group of students participated in community outreach programs to promote the Center’s services and advocacy efforts. READ MORE.

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SALAAM-AL-EEKAM UCI LAW

Over Spring Break, Caroline, Shaleen and I were incredibly lucky to travel to Jordan on behalf of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). We spent six days in Amman meeting with representatives at the International Organization of Migration, the Catholic Jesuit services, the Dutch Embassy and several NGOs. READ MORE.

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A REPORT FROM THE USC IP INSTITUTE

On March 14, 2013, at the 2013 USC Intellectual Property Institute, the Honorable Andrew Guilford, of the Central District of California and a member of the UCI Law Board of Visitors, spoke on a panel with other federal judges. READ MORE.

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NEGOTIATING CULTURE: THE GLOBAL JUSTICE SUMMIT AND FIJIAN MATS

I would like to draw upon the insights of Annelise Riles, a professor in both Law and Anthropology at Cornell University, and apply those insights to my experience at the Global Justice Summit. To start, Riles points to some basic similarities between Fijian mats and international documents. READ MORE.