In a message to students, Dean L. Song Richardson and Vice Dean Christopher Whytock at UCI Law announced the school’s plans for fall 2020 instruction. Although there is a possibility that first-year students will be able to take one or two of their fall courses with an in-person component, the public health situation means that class sessions will otherwise be online. To support the highest quality online courses, UCI Law's Teaching and Learning Committee (the Committee) has created a robust summer workshop series titled, “Designing and Delivering Effective Online Courses,” that is serving as a model to law schools across the nation. The series is providing critical instruction and structure for the redevelopment of UCI Law faculty members’ courses based on research-backed best practices – including pertaining to equity and inclusion – for online instruction. (Link in bio)
In case you weren’t able to join us for last week’s COVID-19 & the Law talk with Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran on the CARES Act, banking for all in the time of COVID-19, and the racial wealth gap, you can listen on the latest episode of the #UCILawTalks podcast. Available on SoudCloud, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Visit law.uci.edu/podcast for details.
The UCI Law Innocence Rights of Orange County Pro Bono project has successfully aided in overturning 11 consecutive life sentences for two wrongfully convicted individuals -- Juan Rayford and Dupree Glass. Annee Della Donna, a trial litigator and founder of the Law Offices of Annee Della Donna, has been running the pro bono project for five years. This month, the Second District Appellate Court granted the Writs of Habeas Corpus for Rayford and Glass, who were sentenced as teenagers to 11 consecutive life sentences for a shooting in which no one was seriously injured. The reversal by the Appellate Court was due to the case that Della Donna and UCI Law students brought forward in collaboration with Innocence Rights of Orange County, Della Donna’s pro bono legal advocacy organization. Since Spring 2015, 34 UCI Law students have worked on the pro bono project.
Chancellor's Prof. Michele Goodwin is launching a new podcast with Ms. Magazine titled, “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin.” The first episode, which focuses on policing in America, airs Tuesday, June 30 and features UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson. (Additional details/link in bio)
Justice Prevails - DACA Victory before the U.S. Supreme Court! Congratulations to our alum, Viridiana Chabolla Mendoza ’20, and Profs. Mark Rosenbaum and Mónica Ramírez Almadani. Read Dean Richardson’s community message on today’s DACA victory (link in bio) #soUCILaw #UC4DACA #UCDACA
UCI Giving Day has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, June 24! Join us as we raise funds for student scholarships and the UCI Law Fund. #UCIGivingDay
UCI Law is pleased to announce the creation of its first scholarship endowment targeted at first-generation students. The endowment, generously funded by Carol and Eugene Choi, will be named the Choi Family Endowed Law School Scholarship Fund. (Press release link in bio)
In case you weren’t able to join us for last week’s COVID-19 & the Law talk with Prof. Rick Hasen on voting rights and election integrity at the time of COVID-19, you can listen on the latest episode of the #UCILawTalks podcast, available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Visit law.uci.edu/podcast for details (link in bio)
Tomorrow (6/11): Leading expert on banking law, UCI Law Professor of Law Mehrsa Baradaran will testify, remotely, before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. The Task Force on Financial Technology is holding the virtual hearing entitled, “Inclusive Banking During a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments.” (Details and livestream information linked in bio) #ucilaw #ucirvine #lawschool #law
“If we want this moment to be different, then it is up to us as a community to make it so. I challenge all of us, including me, to do better. As your dean, my commitment to our community is to make the law school welcoming, inclusive, and safe—a place where everyone can flourish. “What I also know is that we must commit to action and not simply platitudes. And for us at UCI Law, change not only begins with asking how we can do better to fight against Anti-Blackness and racism, in all of its manifestations, here, but also asking how we can use our voices, our power, and our influence to make changes in the profession and society. The two are not mutually exclusive, but the former is a prerequisite.” – Dean L. Song Richardson. Read Dean Richardson’s full statement on our website (link in bio).
In case you weren’t able to join us for last week's COVID-19 & the Law talk with Prof. Kaye on freedom of expression, disinformation and COVID-19, you can listen on the latest episode of the #UCILawTalks podcast, now available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Visit law.uci.edu/podcast for more info.
UCI Law invites our community to join the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence tomorrow, June 4 for The Fire Next Time: Anti-Black Racism and the Struggle to Live in the United States, featuring UCI Law Dean L. Song Richardson. Please note, the Self-Care and Community event on Friday, June 5, is restricted to those with UCI email accounts. Additional details at inclusion.uci.edu