Volume VI/Issue II

FROM THE EDITORS
Hello, UCI Law! Welcome back for our second edition of the Voice. First, we’d like to welcome aboard our two 1L associate editors, Mason Sayer and Jonathan Sutton. We’d like to thank them for their hard work on this issue, and also thank our contributors for their insights and articles. 

The winter holidays provided us with a measure of solace and a time for reflection. Now that we are once again subject to the rigorous demands of law school, we encourage everyone to take a few minutes for introspection every now and then. Reflect on the emerging shape of the future as defined by the past and present, in your own lives and in the broader cultural landscape. Notice patterns and make connections. Take stock of how certain people and events affect the way you feel. Think critically about whether the presentation of information influences your opinion about its substance. Most importantly, stay curious.

And for those of you drawn to the art of self-expression, turn these personal, transformative insights into articles for our next issue of the Voice. We’ll see you in March.

Jenaun Aboud and Priscilla Gutierrez


 

JUST A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE
Dear 1L, I am writing to you on the eve of the fall grades release. I hope this letter will provide you with a couple of principles of encouragement as you dive back into the second half of your 1L year.


 

HIKING IN SOCAL: IT GETS BETTER THAN IRVINE
I grew up in Southern California, and I have heard far too many UCI Law students lamenting over the grand misfortune of spending three years here. “I would never live here by choice,” these people say. “Everything is commercial and beige. There is no culture.” 



CHASING THE SCREAM
I could never quite shake the feeling that addicts were different from me, and that no matter how fun drugs were, they were bad. This is the lie we’ve been fed – it’s the indoctrination that began in America only 100 years ago and has taken over the world – and it’s the lie that “Chasing the Scream” seeks to expose.


 

NOMNOMNOM STANDARDS IN IRVINE
If “haters gonna hate” then certainly Anteaters gonna eat, right? If you get tired of pizza and other campus offerings, here are some of my #nomnomnom standards from greater Irvine.


 

1L JAIL TOUR
On October 30, 2015, a group of 1Ls, chaperoned by Professor Richardson, visited the Orange County jail on 550 N Flower St. in Santa Ana. As a first year criminal law student, I was excited to visit the jail to see a segment of the criminal justice system in my own community up close and in action.