The Business Law Program was created in 1997 to facilitate research, teaching, and public discussion in the business law area. Each year, the Business Law Program sponsors events, such as an annual speakers series, symposia, CLE classes for practitioners, and scholarships for students who excel in the business law curriculum. The Program is notable both for the depth of its faculty and the breadth of its curriculum.
The Program draws upon the expertise of faculty, who teach and write in many areas of the law, including corporate law, taxation, bankruptcy, real estate, community economic development, environmental law, commercial law, antitrust, copyright, and international law. The Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to get a broader perspective on the issues likely to be relevant in their future legal and business careers. A range of courses and seminars, including several clinical transactional courses that offer hands-on exposure to the transactional practice, are offered in the Business Law Program. The Business Law Program Speaker Series will bring leading scholars and practitioners from around the US and the world as speakers throughout the year, as well as providing a forum for members of the business law faculty to present results from their ongoing research. The first lecture of our series, the Michael T. Masin Lecture, is generously sponsored by Ralph and Shirley Shapiro. Ralph Shapiro is a distinguished UCLA School of Law alumnus who is currently the Chairman of the Avondale Investment Company. Shirley Shapiro received a B.A. in Education from UCLA.
About Michael T. Masin
The Michael T. Masin Lecture presented by the Business Law Program Speaker Series is a tribute to a distinguished UCLA School of Law alumnus who is currently a Senior Partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP's New York office. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Masin served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup. In addition, Mr. Masin served as a member of the Board of Directors of Citicorp, Inc., Chairman of the Business Practices Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Citigroup Foundation. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Masin was the Vice Chairman and President of Verizon Communications. Mr. Masin has served on numerous corporate boards including GTE, Verizon Wireless, Telus Communications, Trust Company of the West, CANTV (Venezuela), and the Puerto Rican Telephone Company.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the W.M. Keck Foundation, the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Carnegie Hall, the Board of Overseers at the Weill Cornell Medical College, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors.