Volume VII, Issue II

The Voice has been on hiatus this year, and I hope to see it back again in the fall! However, a few members of the Class of 2017 approached me about publishing the annual commencement issue, which gives graduating 3Ls a platform to reflect on their experiences attending UCI law. This issue contains a collection of reflections, vignettes, and even a poem submitted by graduating students. I hope this collection inspires the UCI Law community to keep the tradition of the Voice alive next year, or finds another creative forum for students to voice their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. 

As always, thank you to all of the contributors!

Signing off one last time,
Jenaun Aboud


TO THE CLASS OF 2017
I went to law school because it was part of my plan
To impact the world in the best way I can


MY CHOICE
In December of 2016, Donald Trump was President-elect. The Water Protectors had been violently sprayed with water cannons and suffered illegal arrests. The Ohio legislature had passed a “heartbeat bill” that would unconstitutionally ban abortions at six weeks. And I had just unexpectedly learned I was pregnant.


REFLECTIONS OF A NASTY WOMAN
UCI Law shaped my feminism from wanting to be more like men to wanting to be more like whatever the hell I want. It made me more independent, a better listener, and more understanding. It has certainly made me more liberal—and defined what my liberalism is to me.


NOVEMBER 9, 2016
I’m willing to bet that there are very few UCI law students or alumni that did not communicate with anyone in our shared community on November 9, 2016.


A COLLECTION OF WEIRDOS
What a collection of weirdos! I couldn’t have imagined I would get so lucky as to spend my 3 years of law school learning about and learning from the approximately 90 other people who will be graduating on May 13th.


A SENSE OF PERSONAL FULFILLMENT
My sincere advice for every student is to pursue their passion and to welcome adversity in their pursuits. My journey and the journeys of many of our peers are full of hardships and difficult circumstances.

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