Volume IV / Issue 2
FROM THE EDITORS
As we near the end of the fall semester and the start of exams, we invite you to take a brief but pleasurable escape from the grind of studying and enjoy the latest issue of Voice! This issue is about quality rather than quantity. The topics include gender stereotyping in the legal profession, the effects of election law developments on minority voters, the dilemmas facing law students who wish to pursue a public interest career, the role of student members of the National Lawyers Guild in monitoring the recent UCI student demonstration during the visit of incoming UC President Janet Napolitano, and whether or not this Law School community is showing signs of apathy. The importance of these topics goes without saying, and the way in which these articles inform and challenge our conceptions is fully in keeping with the purpose of this student paper. We are very proud of this edition.
Having said that, we would certainly welcome more quantity as well. We are an eclectic community full of interesting ideas, experiences, and stories, and we urge you to share them with us. Where are all the new 1L voices, the 2Ls who have finally got things figured out, and the 3Ls who just might still have something to say? The future of our Law School’s discourse depends upon you! Next semester, we are hoping to hear from more of you about your passions, concerns, ideas, and experiences, as well as any artistic talent you may wish to share. For those of you who would like to discuss a potential idea or need help getting your creative juices flowing, please just email us and we’ll be happy to oblige.
Caroline Reiser and Sam Titelman
UCI Law is a law school that really wants us to get good jobs when we get out. I’m sure all law schools are like that, but this is especially true of UCI, since it is new and really feels like it has something to prove. This is good in many ways because the school really focuses on giving students the resources they need to succeed. But the drive for success, and the self-promotion that it requires, makes for an uneasy tension for those of us who want to practice public interest law. Is it always possible to simultaneously serve the public and serve one’s own career? READ MORE.
The October 28th email from main campus’ Career Center started with an innocent enough subject line: “Do interviews stress you out?” They do—but not as much as gender stereotyping and sexism. The email suggested that women “make a first great impression” by donning “leg-lengthening heels,” a “feminine top,” and a “tailored skirt.” By using a before-and-after picture that suggested women have to be 1) feminine and 2) attractive in order to get a job, UCI’s Career Center played into an old and problematic discourse about the role and identity of women in the workplace. READ MORE.
On October 29, 2013, incoming UC President Janet Napolitano came to UC Irvine. The former head of the Department of Homeland Security was touring UC campuses to meet with both faculty and student leaders, and did so under limited circumstances. Initially the only two UCI students scheduled to meet with Ms. Napolitano were the UCI undergraduate and graduate student body presidents. However, the representatives of a handful of student groups were later invited to speak with the UC President under certain conditions. The Muslim Student Union was given notice that they would know the location of the meeting only 20 minutes beforehand. The MEChA (a Chicano student movement) representative had a scheduling conflict and Ms. Napolitano’s organizers refused to accept a substitute representative from the organization. READ MORE.
On Wednesday, November 13, UCI Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) hosted a panel to discuss recent developments in election law and its effects on minority voters. The panelists included Mr. Hyongsoon Kim (counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP), Mr. Eugene Lee (Project Director of the Voting Rights Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles), Professor Justin Levitt (Loyola Law School), and Professor Manoj Mate (Whittier Law School). After devouring some delicious Chinese cuisine, the panelists engaged the audience in the difficult yet fascinating topic of election law and its relevance to minority voters. READ MORE.
UCI Law brings quite a few interesting guest speakers to campus. However, it seems like the turnout for these events is often very low, and the majority of those who do attend are 1Ls. In a similar vein, the general turnout for student org. film showings is at best tepid. Why is that? Is it a sign of apathy on the part of our student body, or just a reflection of the necessary compromises of a busy schedule? And why the drop-off after 1L year? Are these events an important part of the law school curriculum, and should we care that more people aren’t showing up? If so, how can we get more people interested and involved? READ MORE.