Volume III / Issue 5

FROM THE EDITORS

For this issue, we received several requests from authors who wished to remain anonymous. In response, we decided to reserve anonymity for truly unique cases because we wanted to remain committed to the UCI Law tradition of a policy of open and transparent discourse. We understand it can be intimidating, and even dissuasive, for some people to disclose their identities. It can be scary to share one’s personal views with the whole community. However, remaining open about our identities helps keep us connected to one another. Putting names to ideas makes them real and gives them greater meaning within our small community.

The interesting thing is that we consider, and generally are, a community that is very supportive of expressing our different views. Early on in the fall of my 1L year here at UCI Law, on a warm Saturday afternoon, I descended from the library and found two gentlemen sitting at a nearby table with their laptops open, chatting in an otherwise empty courtyard. Motivated by the desire to meet new peopIe, I stopped and introduced myself, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made at UCI Law. I ended up meeting two amazing 3Ls who spent the next hour giving me the inside scoop about every facet of law school, even going so far as to teach me about Pennoyer’s minimum contacts. Their friendly attitudes, thoughtful gestures, and genuine desire to help me really warmed my heart and instilled in me a sense of what made the UCI Law community unique and special. Friendships were born that day, and since then I have made several more wonderful connections with the 3L class. This is what UCI Law is all about and we want to continue encouraging open and friendly relationships. We want to especially thank all of our authors this issue for agreeing to sign their truly thought provoking pieces.

Now that the 3Ls are getting ready to move on, off into the “real world” for good…or at least for the time being, we are going to miss them and the value they have added to our school. The Voice recognizes the wonderful contributions that every member of the UCI Law community has made, but this edition is in special tribute to the contributions of those who are about to bid us farewell. We are proud to share some of their thoughts and reflections. May they find much meaning and fulfillment in their lives and find ways to make a difference in the world, just as they have done at UCI.

With all the best for the summer and on into the future,
Sam Titleman and Caroline Reiser
Co-Editors

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APPRECIATION FROM uRSA

When the Class of 2013 arrived at UCI Law as 1Ls, we were welcomed by what was then the largest and most active student organization, the under-Represented Student Alliance. Dedicated to the pursuit of social justice, uRSA sought to engage all students in its mission. The lower-case “u” symbolized the principle that small numbers have no bearing on the impact that a group of people can make in the world. READ MORE.

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FOUNDING IDEALS AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

In my 1L year, I had the opportunity to write in Vol. 1, Issue 1 of uRSA Voice about why I had chosen to attend UCI Law. I wrote about how I was excited to be surrounded by motivated students who want to be pioneers in a brand new program and committed to creating a new kind of law school. In my 2L year, (Vol. 2, No. 5), I wrote about two things: first, I wrote about the freedom I felt knowing that our school was still unranked by US News & World Report. Second, I wrote about the Law Review as a site of progressive reform in legal education. READ MORE.

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AGORA

As many of you know, an Agora is a gathering place – a main square for athletic, artistic, spiritual, political, and social expression. In my mind, it can be any area where people meet and commune. A battered and dirty orange couch in the hallway of a legal aid office where I once worked served as our agora, where beer and conversation flowed freely (in that order!) after five o’clock on Fridays. READ MORE.

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REFLECTION: ON GETTING OUT OF THE SHADOW

One of the reasons I applied to UCI was the incredible inaugural class. I’ll never forget reading their student profiles on the school website. I remember thinking, “These people have accomplished more prior to going to law school than I ever hoped to accomplish after law school.” It was only natural to want to be a part of the incredible tradition they were building. READ MORE.

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THE CHOPSTICKS COMPACT

Once, an ascetic spoke with god. “Lord, I want to know the difference between heaven and hell.” God took the ascetic to a great hall. In the middle was a long, wooden table, with benches on both sides filled with people. The tabletop was hidden beneath plates of the world’s most exquisite foods. The ascetic’s mouth watered. READ MORE.

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OUR SECRET BELL JARS

There’s a crisis of silence at UCI Law. We debate course schedules and coffee-cart food, sure. But if we’re going to be that trailblazing law school upon a hill that serves as a beacon for others, there’s an issue much more pressing that needs to emerge from the shadows: our students’ mental health. READ MORE.

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SERIES FINALE

As we approach the series finale of the Class of 2013 Law School Experience, a reflection on the past three seasons. Season #1: Living in the Shadows: We came into law school with different experiences, expectations, and ambitions. However, the one thing that tied us all together, despite any differences, was that each of us decided to attend a new institution—an institution that emphasized serving the public interest, experiential learning, and nice people. READ MORE.

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SUMMER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Since I met one of UCI law’s most valuable mentors, Brooke Weitzman (Class of 2014), she has been telling me to always look out for my reputation: When I RSVP for speakers and don’t show up, people notice; when I promise to help at an event and don’t do so, people notice; when I go to pro bono projects and behave unprofessionally, people notice. READ MORE.

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THANK YOU UCI LAW, AND DON’T CHANGE

I found myself saying “UCI Law changed my life” a lot while meeting admitted students last week. After uttering that a few times, what I was saying took hold of me, and I marveled at how true it is. I am going to leave here with opportunities that were entirely beyond my grasp three years go. What’s more, I am going to leave here with a new confidence, with an abiding feeling that I belong in conversations that would have seemed abstruse, intimidating, and otherwise inaccessible to me three years ago. READ MORE.

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I LOVE YOU, DOG!

I would like to start off by saying that I cannot believe my time here at UCI Law is almost over! The last three years have been a blast, and even though I’ve gone through some rough patches, I feel truly blessed to have been surrounded by such great people. Without my classmates, I don’t think I could have made it this far. And that is why I am so proud that I am going to graduate from UCI Law within a few weeks. READ MORE.

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GOOD FAITH ADVICE

Dear Gertrude and Socrates, Welcome to the VOICE. I hope you know what you are getting yourselves into. We UCI Law students are an irreverent group, and given the guise of anonymity you hope to maintain, I expect you’ll receive quite the set of questions in your inbox. (And by “questions” I mean bits of acerbic criticism designed to rile the crowds, un-artfully veiled as innocuous, sincere attempts to create dialogue and awareness on campus.) Here’s one to start: READ MORE.