UCLA School of Law Launches $150 Million Campaign

Campaign to support students, faculty members and programs is part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 16, 2014 -- 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.

“Throughout our history, we have empowered our students and graduates to make a difference in the world.  To ensure our ongoing stature as one of the nation’s leading law schools and to uphold our commitment as a great public law school, we must continue to invest in training for leadership as well as impactful research that addresses society’s most pressing challenges,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said.  “The Centennial Campaign for UCLA provides us with the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to keeping the doors of opportunity open and to influencing law and policy for the better.”  

In addition to ensuring access for gifted students from all walks of life, the campaign will seek to increase clinical offerings and skills training opportunities, create new faculty chairs to recruit and retain stellar faculty members, grow our outstanding programs, centers and institutes, renovate classroom and clinical space and build the law school’s endowment.
According to Dean Rachel F. Moran, “Our graduates are changing the legal landscape. They are dedicated to the profession and committed to giving back. It is imperative that we continue to produce lawyers who go on to distinguish themselves personally and professionally. In order to do so, we need to compete successfully for the best and brightest students and the most distinguished faculty members.”
UCLA School of Law has already received several leadership gifts as part of an early phase of the campaign, including:

  • $5.5 million from Charles R. (Chuck) Williams to support the leadership and further the growth of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, and an additional $1.5 million, matching a gift from an anonymous donor, to build the Institute’s international research capabilities.
  • $5 million from the Resnick Family Foundation to establish the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy and further its growth, and as much as another $3 million in matching endowment funds.
  • Over $5.2 million from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation to further the growth of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.
  • $1 million and a $1.5 million matching gift challenge from the Emmett Family Foundation to increase the school’s capacity to address pressing environmental concerns, creating the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
  • $1.025 million from Justice Joan Dempsey Klein ’54 and Conrad Lee Klein to fund student scholarships.
  • $1 million from Stanley Newman to support the Williams Institute’s core priorities and programs.
  • $1 million from an anonymous donor for a matching gift challenge to support student scholarships.

“Working together, and through the support of our alumni and friends, I am confident that we will reach our ambitious campaign goal and uphold our tradition of excellence, access, innovation and service for generations to come,” Dean Moran said.

About UCLA School of Law

Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training, and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession. For more information, visit www.law.ucla.edu.