UCLA Law EBrief

August 2014

Dean’s Message

In May, the UCLA campus officially launched the Centennial Campaign; as part of this effort, the law school has embarked on an ambitious $150 million campaign, the largest in its history. This campaign will help to secure our future as one of the nation’s leading law schools and to uphold our commitment as a great public law school. It is imperative that we continue to produce lawyers who go on to distinguish themselves personally and professionally, and I am grateful that our generous donors have recognized this need. We have received recent gifts to fund a student entrepreneurship competition and support our stellar faculty members, as well as a matching gift pledge to enhance the transformative work of the Emmett Institute. Philanthropic leaders, along with our students, alumni, faculty and staff make our continued success possible. Please enjoy reading more about our recent accomplishments below. I hope you will join us in preserving the legacy of UCLA Law and ensuring our future excellence for generations to come.

Rachel F. Moran
Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law

UCLA Law Launches $150 Million Campaign

UCLA School of Law has launched a $150 million campaign, the largest in the school’s history. The funds will be used to increase student scholarships, support curricular innovation, attract and retain faculty members and advance the research, outreach and policy work of the law school’s programs, centers and institutes. The initiative is part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, a five-year, multi-billion dollar effort to increase private philanthropy to ensure that UCLA remains intellectually vibrant and a powerful force for positive change in the university’s next century. Please visit our website to learn how you can support UCLA School of Law.

Join a Climate Ride Event

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is now a beneficiary of Climate Ride, a multi-day, multi-city charitable bike ride that benefits organizations working on sustainable solutions to global warming. All dollars raised for the institute from the events will be matched by Dan Emmett, founder of the Emmett Institute. Riders are welcome to join the Emmett Institute team as well as non-riding sponsors and supporters at any level. To register, please visit our Team Emmett page.

Student Entrepreneurship Competition Established

UCLA Law has established the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurship competition designed to recognize student innovation and leadership and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures. The competition, which includes a $100,000 prize, is the first of its kind sponsored by a top American law school. It was established through gifts from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation and the Richard and Ellen Sandler Family Foundation. The competition, which will be housed within the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy and will start in fall 2015, will be open to third-year UCLA Law students or J.D. graduates within two years of graduation.

Barrall Family Endows the Barrall Family Chair in Tax Law

UCLA Law has received a gift from James D. C. Barrall ’75 and Carole Barrall (UCLA ’75) to establish the Barrall Family Endowed Chair in Tax Law, in honor of Jim’s parents, Raymond C. and Shirley C. Barrall. The chair will be awarded to a distinguished faculty member who concentrates his or her scholarship and teaching in the area of tax law, will enrich the study and teaching of tax law at UCLA Law and will serve to further strengthen the law school’s mission of research, education and public service. In support of the school’s tax law program and the Lowell Milken Institute, Jim also has worked to permanently endow the Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law.

Williams Institute Research Cited by the White House

On July 21, President Barack Obama signed a federal nondiscrimination executive order to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Williams Institute published more than 15 reports and memos addressing the need for an executive order and the potential impact on business and government. “Williams Institute research has documented pervasive and persistent patterns of workplace discrimination in all fifty states,” said Williams Institute Executive Director Brad Sears. “However, our analysis indicates that state and local nondiscrimination laws protect only a portion of the American workforce.” The institute’s work was cited by the White House  in a fact sheet about the executive order.

Reunions 2014

The extended law school family gathered in May  to celebrate alumni from classes ending in a “4” or “9.” Alumni returned to campus for a special reunion reception and intimate class dinners, where they reconnected and celebrated friendships forged during law school. In addition, this year’s events included a UCLA Law Review reunion and an MCLE panel on “Tackling California’s Air Pollution.” The law school also hosted the fourth annual Golden Years Reunion in November, a special event for alumni celebrating 50th or higher class reunions. In June, the class of 1954 celebrated their 60th reunion with a luncheon at the Brentwood Country Club. It was hosted by reunion committee members Carl Boronkay, Seymour Fagan, Harvey Grossman, Martin Horn, Marvin Jubas, Bernard Lauer and Donald Simons. All events were festive occasions filled with shareshared stories and fond memories of law school. Please visit our website to view reunion photos.

Commencement 2014

On May 16, 2014, more than 400 UCLA School of Law students joined the alumni community as they were awarded J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the school’s 63rd annual commencement ceremony. It was a celebration not only of their achievement of this major milestone but also of the impact that is now possible in their future careers. The law school was honored to welcome United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.), one of the longest-serving justices in the Supreme Court’s history, who delivered the commencement address.

UCLA Law Celebrates Alumni of the Year

UCLA School of Law celebrated the achievements of Justice Joan Dempsey Klein ’54 and Martine Rothblatt ’81, the 2014 Alumni of the Year, at a luncheon in May. Justice Klein, the presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Three, and the most senior appellate justice in the state, was honored with the award for Public and Community Service. Martine Rothblatt, chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics Corporation, a major U.S. public biotech company, received the Professional Achievement award. Please join us in congratulating these esteemed colleagues.

The Blue and Gold Standard


The next time you are looking to hire on a full-time, part-time or contract basis, turn to the UCLA Law Office of Career Services to connect you to talented UCLA Law students and alumni. The Office of Career Services provides employers with an opportunity to post job listings or collect resumes, free of charge, for UCLA Law students and alumni. To find your next stellar candidate, please contact: Beth Moeller, assistant dean of career services, at 310.206.1117 or careers@law.ucla.edu.