Volume IV / Issue 1

From the Editors

First, we’d like to welcome back the 2Ls and 3Ls and extend a warm welcome to this year’s class of 1Ls. In the words of Dean Chemerinsky, 1Ls, you are 1/12 of the way to graduation. 2Ls, you are half a semester away from being halfway done with law school. 3Ls, we’re sure you’re just counting down the months, weeks, days, and minutes until graduation. Now that we’re all settled in, the Voice is here to welcome everyone back for a successful second half of the semester.

This marks the fourth year of the Voice, UCI Law’s student-run paper. In keeping with tradition, we strive to continue providing a medium for open and respectful discourse within the Law School community. We welcome submissions from anyone, and encourage people that have never written an article before to share their passion with everyone. UCI Law is a community of diverse and unique perspectives, and that is what makes the discourse interesting.

This issue covers a wide variety of social and legal topics, from dining policies and pitbull ordinances to electronic cigarettes and advice on how to find that elusive work-life balance. We’d like to thank our new associate editors Jeremy Cowan, Anna Rea, and Aaron Manley for their hard work on this issue, and warmly welcome them to the Voice staff.

Here’s to a great year!

Sam Titelman and Caroline Reiser
Executive Editors


WHY UCI? Class of 2016 Edition

The new class of 1Ls shares why they chose to come to UCI. READ MORE.


Witnessing the End of the Voting Rights Act

Shortly after Memorial Day 2013, I began my summer working on the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR) in Washington, D.C. The LCCR had intervened in the case of Shelby County v. Holder on behalf of Bobby Lee Harris. Mr. Harris was a former city council member in Alabaster, Alabama, located in Shelby County, who had almost lost his seat in a historically African American district. Bobby Lee Harris was interviewed and stated that “[i]f it hadn’t been for Section 5, I would have been off the council in 2000.” READ MORE.


A $100,000 Voice for Babe

UCI Law is exceptional because so many in our community hold fast to the oft-forgotten or discarded desire to change the world. Virtually every person I have interacted with here has made a tangible contribution to social justice. While I realize that a person can’t take up every cause with an equal amount of zeal, I am confident that our community of world-changers would be eager to make slight alterations to daily habits in the name of justice and the greater good. It is with this confidence that I propose our school make a more conscious effort to support the humane treatment of animals,through the addition of vegan options at our school events. READ MORE.


Electronic Cigarettes: the Pros and Cons

There seems to be a lot of confusion over electronic cigarettes: what they are, how they work, and what health risks they pose. Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs” or “vapes”) simulate everything about smoking a real cigarette except the sickening smell. There are usually three parts: a rechargeable battery, a tank, and an atomizer. The battery heats liquid held in the tank, which goes through the atomizer to create water vapor. The vapor is usually odorless, and after a few seconds, the vapor disappears and no smell is left lingering. READ MORE.


Blowing Smoke: Electronic Cigarettes and the UC Anti Smoking Policy

On January 2012, UC President Mark Yudof announced the new Smoke-Free Policy that will apply to all University of California campuses. The goal is to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke by creating a smoke-free environment. The policy will go into effect on January 1, 2014 on all UC campuses. According to President Yudof the policy will ban “smoking of tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products” (e.g. “e-cigarettes”). The policy applies to all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, private residential space, and Medical Center campuses. READ MORE.



At a meeting concerning Riverside County’s proposed new pit bull sterilization ordinance, discussed by Anna Bennett in this issue, many things were said about pit bulls: that pit bulls are “inherently vicious,” that owning a pit bull is “like playing Russian roulette with your life,” that pit bulls are “just different” than other dogs. Most of what was said is false. This piece serves to debunk some common myths about pit bulls. READ MORE.


Indefense-a-Bull: Riverside County’s New Ordinance and the Stigma of Pit Bulls

On September 23, 2013, five dogs mauled a two year-old Riverside County boy to death.  The child’s uncle left him unattended in a bedroom where the boy crawled out an open window and into the backyard where the dogs lived.  The local media labeled the dogs as “Pit Bull” mixes.  A neighbor reported that the dogs were not aggressive, but were often loud, starved for attention, and restless.  She added that in the hot summer months, the dogs seemed to resent being left in the heat while family members remained indoors. READ MORE.


A Dining Guide to UCI

Although it seems like dining options around the law school are limited, there are some great places to get a bite or study.  Below is a short list of some of great dining spots close to the law school.  Restaurants located within University Center and Campus Plaza are excluded since you’re probably already familiar with them. READ MORE.


Good Faith Advice

Question: I’ve heard the saying, “law school is a marathon, not a sprint.” How do you keep your motivation levels up as the days/weeks/years go by? Especially during those times when other aspects of life (family/relationship/etc…) seem to have more important happenings and require more energy?

More Tired Than Ever Before