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UCI School of Law Clinics

 401 E. Peltason Drive
 Irvine, CA 92697
[P] (949) 824 x 0066
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www.law.uci.edu
www.ucifoundation.org
[email protected]
Andrew DiNuzzo
FOUNDED: 1965
INCORPORATED: 1967
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Organization DBA UCI School of Law
UCI Foundation
University of California, Irvine
UC Irvine
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-2540117 --

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Practicing law under close supervision and with time for reflection is a fundamental goal of UCI Law curriculum, and the clinical program, ranked No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is the most important means by which students achieve this goal.

Students choose one of seven different clinics in which they act as the primary legal representatives of their clients. They work to solve problems facing individual clients and problems that affect a larger community, whether within a neighborhood, city, state, country or the world. In the process, the law students become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys. Among the UCI Law Clinics available to the students are the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC), Community & Economic Development Clinic (CED), and the Veterans Clinic.

The mission of the DVC is to provide transformative legal representation to abuse survivors and their children in Orange County while educating law students to become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys.   

The CED Clinic focuses on issues impacting low- and moderate-income populations, emphasizing non-adversarial, transactional approaches to advocacy. Client work focuses on housing and homelessness, community, small-business and non-profit development, and policy initiatives designed to improve client communities. 

The Veterans Clinic’s goal is to create a cohesive network of experienced providers of veterans’ services, making UCI Law one of the premiere institutions for veterans’ benefits claims and discharge upgrades. The Clinic aims to help veterans navigate complicated administrative and legal issues, including military cultural competency, mental health concerns and service members’ interactions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Mission Statement

UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Practicing law under close supervision and with time for reflection is a fundamental goal of UCI Law curriculum, and the clinical program, ranked No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is the most important means by which students achieve this goal.

Students choose one of seven different clinics in which they act as the primary legal representatives of their clients. They work to solve problems facing individual clients and problems that affect a larger community, whether within a neighborhood, city, state, country or the world. In the process, the law students become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys. Among the UCI Law Clinics available to the students are the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC), Community & Economic Development Clinic (CED), and the Veterans Clinic.

The mission of the DVC is to provide transformative legal representation to abuse survivors and their children in Orange County while educating law students to become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys.   

The CED Clinic focuses on issues impacting low- and moderate-income populations, emphasizing non-adversarial, transactional approaches to advocacy. Client work focuses on housing and homelessness, community, small-business and non-profit development, and policy initiatives designed to improve client communities. 

The Veterans Clinic’s goal is to create a cohesive network of experienced providers of veterans’ services, making UCI Law one of the premiere institutions for veterans’ benefits claims and discharge upgrades. The Clinic aims to help veterans navigate complicated administrative and legal issues, including military cultural competency, mental health concerns and service members’ interactions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $46,616,859.00
Projected Revenue $29,235,792.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC)
  • Community & Economic Development Clinic (CED)
  • Veterans Clinic

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Overview


Mission Statement

UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Practicing law under close supervision and with time for reflection is a fundamental goal of UCI Law curriculum, and the clinical program, ranked No. 13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is the most important means by which students achieve this goal.

Students choose one of seven different clinics in which they act as the primary legal representatives of their clients. They work to solve problems facing individual clients and problems that affect a larger community, whether within a neighborhood, city, state, country or the world. In the process, the law students become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys. Among the UCI Law Clinics available to the students are the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC), Community & Economic Development Clinic (CED), and the Veterans Clinic.

The mission of the DVC is to provide transformative legal representation to abuse survivors and their children in Orange County while educating law students to become client-centered, culturally competent, ethical, and effective attorneys.   

The CED Clinic focuses on issues impacting low- and moderate-income populations, emphasizing non-adversarial, transactional approaches to advocacy. Client work focuses on housing and homelessness, community, small-business and non-profit development, and policy initiatives designed to improve client communities. 

The Veterans Clinic’s goal is to create a cohesive network of experienced providers of veterans’ services, making UCI Law one of the premiere institutions for veterans’ benefits claims and discharge upgrades. The Clinic aims to help veterans navigate complicated administrative and legal issues, including military cultural competency, mental health concerns and service members’ interactions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  


Background Statement

The UCI School of Law opened its doors to students in August 2009, the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. Instilling the value of public service is at the very core of UCI Law’s mission. Todate, 92 percent of all UCI Law students have provided more than 50,000 hours of pro bono legal services for the poor and underserved. The UCI Law clinics such as the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC), the Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic, and the Veterans Clinic provide students the opportunity and training to continue providing these services.

The DVC is the only domestic violence clinic in the nation to provide holistic representation to abused individuals, with advocacy extending to civil, criminal, and immigration interventions in abuse. It is the only entity in Orange County providing this depth and breadth of services which includes legal representation and assistance with public benefits, housing, and collaboration with community partners to address clients’ safety and support needs.
 
With the housing shortage and the surging prices at all income levels, the state’s homeownership rates are at their lowest since the 1940s. One of the primary choice for affordable housing in California is the mobile home. Many of the clients at the CED Clinic are mobile home park residents who face issues such as unreasonable rent increases, health and safety violations, and unlawful evictions.
 
Through a collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Legal Institute in Santa Ana, our Veterans Clinic connects members of the armed services with meaningful legal services and educates the local community on veterans’ issues. Our students work directly with veterans on discharge upgrades, initial VA claims and VA Appeals. 

Impact Statement

Below are examples of the impact of these clinics. But, the most common response we hear from our clients is: "You saved my life."  

The DVC is able to promote its resources through referrals from collaborating organizations such as Laura’s House, Human Options, and the Public Law Center. Its role in the community is to provide free representation in a wide range of legal matters responsive to clients’ legal and safety needs. It is not unusual for the DVC to represent a single client in his or her restraining order, child custody and support, Marsy’s Law, and immigration cases, and for representation to last for many years. The DVC has also assisted multiple abuse survivors with employment, housing, public benefits, and child abduction problems, and has effectively used legal and media strategies to recover abducted babies and children.
 
The CED Clinic focuses on affordable housing and homelessness, community, small business and non-profit development, and policy initiatives designed to improve client communities in Southern California. Mobile home parks make up the majority of Southern California’s affordable housing market, and many CED clients reside in mobile-home parks. Much of the work revolves around the myriad problems that affect park residents. Through this work, the Clinic has become one of the primary resources in Southern California for pro bono legal services to mobile-home park residents. Students and faculty travel to these sites to meet with clients, to testify at public hearings and to appear in court. 
 
The Veterans Clinic provides veterans, reservists, and their dependents with free mobile legal representations, initially focused on those who had been treated at the VA Long Beach Hospital. In addition, the Veterans Clinic hosts Military Mondays at the Starbucks adjacent to the veterans’ courthouse in Santa Ana, to provide easy access for clients to receive services, particularly those who are homeless in Orange County.

Needs Statement

Community & Economic Development Clinic

$125,000: Salary and benefits for a Clinical Fellow to increase the Clinic’s case capacity

$1,000-2,000: An annual contribution would ensure that clients will be given the best opportunity to achieve a beneficial outcome in their cases

Domestic Violence Clinic

$35,000-125,000: Adjunct Supervising Attorney or Staff Attorney to allow more law students to enroll in the Clinic and serve more clients

$15,000: Private Investigators for their expertise in child abduction cases or to locate/serve process on the opposing party, the abuser, who is evading service, a common occurrence

$15,000: Depositions, Expert Witnesses, and Medical Assessments to better understand the complex dynamics of domestic violence

$15,000: Attorney Services to file pleadings, serve the opposing party, serve subpoenas, witness fees, and obtain court transcripts

$10,000: Travel Expenses for Student Advocates and Supervisors

$5,000-7,000: Translation services for attorney – client interactions

Veterans Clinic 

$25,000: Annually for direct operating expenses to support clinic

$18,000: Annually for two national conferences, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans and Veterans Law Clinic

$5,000 for computer equipment need for “Military Monday” intake services 


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

To make an online donation: https://www.uadv.uci.edu/egiving/To learn more about the programs at UCI Law, please call Andrew DiNuzzo at 949-824-1265 or email at [email protected]   

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Orange County (primary), Los Angeles County, and Imperial County. 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Higher Education
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  3. Human Services -

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Programs


Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC)

The faculty attorney and students at the DVC provide representation to mostly low-income abuse survivors in restraining order and family law trials. While critical legal protections have been enacted for abuse survivors in the past several decades, very few victims are able to retain counsel and the vast majority are underrepresented in Orange County as they attempt to navigate court and community systems while seeking to escape abuse.

Budget  $29,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Victims Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success 

While the students are learning and gaining experience as they assist the DVC clients, they are also providing them with quality legal representation that is difficult to access for many of our most vulnerable citizens. In addition, many of the clients live under a shroud of fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. The Clinic aims to provide hope and a pathway towards a better life and freedom from oftentimes a dangerous living condition. They also empower their clients as they guide them through the legal system and other public resources.

Program Long-Term Success 

The issues and challenges faced by community members of Orange County and Southern California are numerous. The UCI Law School clinics provide targeted approaches to addressing some of these needs. At the DVC, the clients receive truly transformative legal representation and empowerment that will positively impact their and their children’s lives for the long term. Concurrently, the students gain invaluable experience as a legal representative and learn the value of public service and using their education to improve society. For the long term, the DVC aims to become the primary resource for domestic violence in Orange County.

Program Success Monitored By 

The Clinic Director, Jane Stoever, oversees and monitors the program. In addition to heading the Clinic, she is a Clinical Professor at the UCI School of Law and also serves as Director of the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. In her clinical teaching, Professor Stoever supervises law students representing clients in family law, immigration, and other legal and non-legal interventions into domestic violence.

Examples of Program Success 

“I wanted you to know how much you’ve done for my life. I was worn out, emotionally drained and growing more discouraged by the day as I struggled to navigate my way through the court system. When you stepped in to help, it was like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”Client in the Domestic Violence Clinic


Community & Economic Development Clinic (CED)

While the Clinic’s focus is affordable housing/homelessness, community/small business/non profit development, and policy initiatives to improve communities in Southern California, many of the current clients are mobile-home park residents, the primary choice for affordable housing in California. The work at the clinic revolves around problems such as eviction, denied services, substandard facilities, and affordability issues.

Budget  $34,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Adults Victims Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

While the students are learning and gaining experience as they assist the CED clients, they are also providing them with quality legal representation that is difficult to access for many of our most vulnerable citizens. In addition, many of the clients live under a shroud of fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. The Clinic aims to provide hope and a pathway towards a better life and freedom from stressful living conditions. They also empower their clients as they guide them through the legal system and other public resources.

Program Long-Term Success  The issues and challenges faced by community members of Orange County and Southern California are numerous. The UCI Law School clinics provide targeted approaches to addressing some of these needs. At the CED Clinic, the clients receive truly transformative legal representation and empowerment that will positively impact their lives for the long term. Concurrently, the students gain invaluable experience as a legal representative and learn the value of public service and using their education to improve society. For the long term, the CED Clinic aims to become the primary resource for pro bono legal services in Orange County.
Program Success Monitored By 

Clinic Directors Carrie Hempel and Bob Solomon monitor the program and its success.

 
Carrie Hempel is also a Clinical Professor of Law and the founding Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Service Learning at UCI Law. Her expertise includes clinical legal education, post-conviction practice, criminal law, and gender and the law.
 
Bob Solomon is also a Clinical Professor of Law at UCI Law. He has been a clinical teacher since 1985, with a focus on civil litigation and community development.
Examples of Program Success 

“Our clients were mostly homeless clients seeking general relief from the social services agency, and they were wrongfully denied general relief which they desperately needed. We represented them before the social services agency to get them the money that they deserved. The little amount of work that I did gave them a voice, and they were so happy just to have someone voice their concerns.” Theodore Nguyen ’14, Office of the General Counsel, Apex Energetics, Inc., Irvine, CA


Veterans Clinic

The Clinic addresses many issues facing low-income and homeless veterans such as military cultural competency, mental health concerns and service members’ interactions with the Development of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The law students work directly with veterans on discharge upgrades, initial VA claims and VA appeals.

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Military & Veteran Affairs
Population Served Military/Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  While the students are learning and gaining experience as they assist the CED clients, they are also providing them with quality legal representation that is difficult to access for many of our most vulnerable citizens. In addition, many of the clients live under a shroud of fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. The Clinic aims to provide hope and a pathway towards a better life and freedom from stressful living conditions. They also empower their clients as they guide them through the legal system and other public resources.
Program Long-Term Success 

The issues and challenges faced by community members of Orange County and Southern California are numerous. The UCI Law School clinics provide targeted approaches to addressing some of these needs. At the VC, the clients receive truly transformative legal representation and empowerment that will positively impact their lives for the long term. Concurrently, the students gain invaluable experience as a legal representative and learn the value of public service and using their education to improve society. For the long term, the VC aims to create a cohesive network of experienced providers of veterans services, making UCI Law one of the premiere institutions for veterans’ benefits claims and discharge upgrades.

Program Success Monitored By 

Clinic Director Antoinette Balta and Associate Dean for Clinical Education & Service Learning Carrie Hempel

 
Antoinette Balta is the President and Co-Founder of the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). She oversees and has responsibility for business development, outreach, public relations, marketing and strategic planning for the VLI. She is a reserve JAG Officer with the California State Military Reserve, assigned to the Installation Support Group at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos where she holds the rank of Captain. She is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and regularly lectures on legal topics affecting veterans, where she is known for providing innovative solutions aimed at veteran empowerment and self-sufficiency.
 
Carrie Hempel is a co-Director for the CED Clinic, a Clinical Professor of Law and a founding Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Service Learning at UCI Law. Her expertise includes clinical legal education, post-conviction practice, criminal law, and gender and the law.
Examples of Program Success 

Soon after opening in 2015, the Clinic reached out to veterans at the VA Long Beach Hospital. They assisted nearly 90 individual veterans that year alone. Through a license granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the students administered intake interviews at the hospital and, under the supervision of the clinic professors, they met with clients on a regular basis and worked diligently to resolve their clients’ legal matters.


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. L. Song Richardson
CEO Term Start Aug 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Mr. Richardson is the Interim Dean of the UCI Law School.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
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Plans & Policies

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Organization Policies And Procedures --
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Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

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CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Julie Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lord Abbett Mutual Funds
Board Chair Term June 2017 - May 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Richard Ackerman Community volunteer --
Mr. Amer Boukai Community volunteer --
Mr. Richard Bridgford Esq Community volunteer --
Ms. Jane Buchan PhD Community volunteer --
Mr. Paul Butterworth Community volunteer --
Mr. Bruce Cahill Community volunteer --
Mr. Hazem Chehabi MD Community volunteer --
Mrs. Salma Chehabi Community volunteer --
Mr. D. Robinson Cluck Community volunteer --
Mr. Joseph Dunn Community volunteer --
Ms. Lucy Dunn Community volunteer --
Mr. John Evans Community volunteer --
Mr. Douglas Freeman Community volunteer --
Mr. Edwin Fuller Community volunteer --
Mr. John Gerace Community volunteer --
Mr. Emile Haddad Community volunteer --
Ms. Julie Hill Community volunteer --
Mr. Gary Hunt Community volunteer --
Mr. Frank Jao Community volunteer --
Mr. Steeve Kay Community volunteer --
Mr. Mark Kehke Community volunteer --
Mr. Jack Langson Community volunteer --
Ms. Shanaz Langson Community volunteer --
Mr. Mohannad Malas Community volunteer --
Mr. James Mazzo Community volunteer --
Mr. Paul Merage Community volunteer --
Mr. Michael Mussallem Community volunteer --
Mr. Dennis Nguyen Community volunteer --
Ms. Stacey Nicholas Community volunteer --
Mr. Thomas Nielsen Community volunteer --
Mr. James Peterson Community volunteer --
Mr. William Podlich Community volunteer --
Mr. Kenneth Rohl Community volunteer --
Mrs. Cheryll Ruszat Community volunteer --
Mr. Richard Ruszat Community volunteer --
Mr. Michael Schulman Community volunteer --
Mr. Gary Singer Esq Community volunteer --
Mr. Ted Smith Community volunteer --
Mr. Timothy Strader Sr. Community volunteer --
Ms Marilyn Sutton PhD Community volunteer --
Mr. James Swinden Community volunteer --
Mr. David Tsoong MD Community volunteer --
Mr. Dean Yoost Community volunteer --
Mr. Thomas Yuen Community volunteer --

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 6
Caucasian: 33
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 7
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 39
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $7,000 $66,997,848 $61,605,724
Total Expenses $18,000 $50,710,999 $52,154,677

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,000 $51,314,155 $52,438,883
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $15,915,571 $9,368,770
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $-231,878 $-201,929

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $18,000 $47,715,422 $50,428,599
Administration Expense -- $2,995,577 $1,726,078
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.39 1.32 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 94% 97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $0 $436,634,953 $320,224,320
Current Assets $0 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 $2,298,093 $2,056,470
Total Net Assets $0 $344,336,860 $318,167,850

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan 0.00 0.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets nan% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $450,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

The UCI School of Law is part of the University of California, Irvine, and a fiscally-sponsored program of the University of California, Irvine Foundation. The financial data provided in the charts and the graphs for the previous years reflect this organization's operations while the posted audits and 990s reflect the UCI Foundation's operations. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultations with the organization. Although the operating budget for the UCI Foundation is fairly large, only a small percentage of that budget supports activities at the UCI School of Law.

Foundation Comments

The financial information provided is a reflection of the organizations current fiscal year to date. This organization has been in operation since fall 2015.


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