VOLUME VI / Issue 1

FROM THE EDITORS 

Hello, UCI Law! We want to welcome you to the sixth volume of the Voice. The Voice is your newspaper, and serves as a forum for individuals to express themselves creatively, comment on issues of personal or public concern, and make themselves heard.

We’re proud to be able to continue the tradition of publishing the Voice for UCI Law, and we want to thank the Veterans’ Advocacy Society for partnering with us and submitting articles for this issue. In honor of National Veterans Awareness Week, this issue of the Voice is filled with articles from students who have been impacted by veterans. These students have served in the military, faced the challenge of helping a loved one readjust to life after the military, and familiarized themselves with veterans’ legal issues through the Veterans Clinic. (Any 2Ls or 3Ls who are inspired by these stories can bid to participate in the Veterans Clinic by Thursday, November 12th.)

Remember that we rely on you to supply us with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Our next issue will be a standard publication of the Voice with no theme, so start thinking about anything you may want to say (submissions can be named or anonymous). This is your newspaper, and we want to hear UCI Law’s Voice loud and clear.

Jenaun Aboud and Priscilla Gutierrez


LETTER FROM A VETERAN

I am a Marine, and a veteran of the Iraq War. I am writing this letter to give my respect and gratitude to my brothers and sisters in arms who have served in the greatest fighting force the world has ever known. I cannot, and would not presume to, speak on behalf of anyone else. I simply offer my observations as a veteran and a citizen. READ MORE.


A DAUGHTER’S EXPERIENCE: VIETNAM, PTSD, AND LAW SCHOOL

I knew when I woke him that he would jump. I was prepared to quickly move beyond his reach, and pretend like I did not see the fear in his eyes that I had grown familiar with. As a daughter of a United States Marine who has been captive to decades of PTSD, I am motivated to help veterans. READ MORE.


CAN UCI LAW HELP THE EXTREME UNDERREPRESENTATION OF VETERANS?

In the beginning of November, I had the pleasure of attending the Second Annual National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans in Washington, DC. Accompanying me were fellow clinic students Alexis Federico and Morgan McCombe, and our adjunct clinical Professor Antoinette Balta. The National Law School Veterans Clinic Coalition, which includes UCI Law School among its members, hosts the Conference. READ MORE.


UNCOMMON VALOR

At age nineteen, with two weeks left until he returned to the United States, my uncle was killed in action in Vietnam. The folded flag and his framed medals have been on display in the hallway of my parents’ house, along with a picture of his name on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. I grew up hearing stories about the man I would never be able to meet, looking at those displays, and fantasizing about what he and the military must have been like. READ MORE.


MY PRO BONO EXPERIENCE

Choosing UCI Law is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have met incredible friends and been taught by brilliant professors, all while finding out exactly how I want to embark on my legal career. UCI Law also allowed me the unexpected opportunity of doing various pro bono projects with the military. READ MORE.