The Lowell Milken Institute is supported by a first-rate staff. The executive director ensures that the institute’s mission is realized through dynamic curricular innovation, cutting-edge research and relevant and influential conferences and publications. The faculty director works with the executive director in helping to shape the institute’s activities and to identify those areas and opportunities where the institute can make significant contributions in business law and policy. The executive director is assisted by fellows who teach courses, prepare publications and plan conferences.
Andrew M. Kaufman, Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
Andrew M. Kaufman is the founding Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Institute. Prior to his appointment in 2012, Kaufman was a senior transactional partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing his practice principally in the areas of debt financing and secured transactions, leasing, structured financings, workouts and reorganizations and general corporate practice. He also served as a professor of the practice of law in Vanderbilt University Law School’s Law & Business Program, where he taught Secured Transactions, Current Issues in Transactional Practice, Introduction to Leveraged Buyouts and Realities of Commercial Lending - the Syndicated Loan Transaction. At UCLA, in addition to his work at the Lowell Milken Institute, Kaufman teaches a course in transactional practice skills. He is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee, recognized as one of the preeminent bodies addressing legal opinions in transactional practice, and serves as program chair for the national Working Group on Legal Opinions. He is also a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, the Commercial Financial Services Committee, the Legal Opinions Committee and the Audit Responses Committee for the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law. Kaufman received his B.A. cum laude in 1971 from Yale University and his J.D. in 1974 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at law school, he served as the editor-in-chief of Vanderbilt Law Review.
Eric M. Zolt, Faculty Director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
Eric Zolt joined UCLA in 1985. As the founding faculty director, he was one of the key individuals responsible for the conception and design of the Lowell Milken Institute. Before joining UCLA, he was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where he specialized in individual and corporate tax matters. Before practicing law, he was on the research staff of the Center for Policy Alternatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zolt teaches Introduction to Federal Income Taxation, Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders, Taxation of International Transactions, Elements of Economic Organization (jointly offered with the UCLA Anderson School of Management) and seminars on Taxation and Development, Comparative Tax Policy and Transition to Market Economy. A successful teacher, he received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award. He also received UCLA Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997. Stanislav Dolgopolov, Lowell Milken Institute Fellow
Stanislav Dolgopolov is the inaugural recipient of the Lowell Milken Institute Law Teaching Fellowship. Dolgopolov’s primary research interests pertain to regulatory aspects of the structure of securities markets and the examination of insider trading and its regulation from a law and economics perspective. He has published several articles on such topics as the impact of insider trading and other forms of informed trading on bid-ask spreads, the origins of insider trading regulation and Chinese Walls, and the boundaries of fiduciary duties of market makers. Dolgopolov received his B.S.B.A. in Finance cum laude with departmental honors from Drake University, his M.B.A. with concentrations in Analytic Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. While at law school, he was a member of the Michigan Law Review and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and held the John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics. After law school, he practiced finance and real estate law at an international law firm in Charlotte, NC and then served as a consultant to a local law firm in Moscow, Russia.
Rachel Estrada, Program Manager of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
Rachel Estrada handles events and communications for the Lowell Milken Institute and manages the Business Law Specialization for UCLA School of Law students. She can be reached at email@example.com or at (310) 206-1875.