As we begin the new year and the spring semester at the law school, I want to take a moment
I am pleased to share these brief stories with you, and I hope to see you at some of our upcoming events. Please remember to save the date, May 31, 2014, for Reunions 2014!
to share with you some recent law school highlights. We had a busy and productive fall
semester, filled with stimulating lectures, conferences on timely topics, notable visitors, as
well as many other special events. We recently had the honor of welcoming Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to campus for a discussion with our students. We also had the pleasure of hosting Regents Lecturer Dan Emmett for a two-week visit. Our centers and
programs continue to sponsor numerous thought-provoking lectures, such as a talk on
alternative investment funds organized by the Lowell Milken Institute and a review of recent landmark Supreme Court decisions co-sponsored by the Williams Institute and the
David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. And, I am delighted to report
that we have received an important challenge gift to help bolster our scholarship program and support our students.
Rachel F. Moran
Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law
________________________________________________________________________________________________Million Dollar Scholarship Challenge
UCLA School of Law has received a major challenge gift from an anonymous donor to enhance
our scholarship program. The recently established Million Dollar Scholarship Challenge will
match scholarship gifts at the level of $2,500 or more, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum
amount of $125,000 per gift. A donor therefore can create a fully endowed $250,000
scholarship with a $125,000 gift. Scholarships are critical to admitting the best and brightest students to our law school, and the Challenge will have an immediate and significant impact
on our ability to attract these students to UCLA Law as members of the class of 2017 and beyond. By increasing resources from donor-based scholarships and financial aid, we can
make UCLA Law accessible to all students, regardless of their financial resources. The challenge runs from December 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, or until the matching funds are exhausted. Please click here for more details.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Visits UCLA Law
UCLA School of Law welcomed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to the law school in December.
During her visit, she participated in an iCivics event with local elementary school children and
a Q&A discussion with UCLA Law students. Four distinguished UCLA Law faculty members—Professors Iman Anabtawi, Stuart Banner, Dan Bussel and Eugene Volokh, who all
had the honor to serve as clerks to Justice O’Connor—participated in the conversation. Dean Rachel F. Moran moderated the discussion, posing questions for the panel to address. Justice O’Connor discussed a wide variety of topics, ranging from her time on the Supreme Court to
how she began her career in the law, including the difficulties she faced as a female attorney
in getting a job after law school.
Regents Lecture with Dan Emmett
Dan Emmett, chairman of Santa Monica-based Douglas Emmett, Inc. and founder of the law school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, spent two weeks at the law school in November as a Regents Lecturer. During his time at UCLA Law, he met with students
and faculty members, participated in law school classes, conducted a dean’s roundtable and
panel discussions, and presented a timely public lecture on fostering a productive relationship between environmental regulators and the business community. As part of a panel of experts,
who brought perspectives from business, academia and government, he led a lively
conversation about one of the most critical issues facing California and the world: how to
deal with the threat of climate change. This spring, we are delighted that Kim McLane Wardlaw ’79, judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will also visit UCLA Law as a Regents Lecturer.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Harvey Weinstein Headlines Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium
Academy Award-winning producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of
Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company, will serve as the keynote speaker at the
38th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium. The event, to be held March 7-8, will welcome several hundred leading entertainment industry executives who will explore the latest trends
and issues affecting the industry. Weinstein will be interviewed by Ken Ziffren ’65, in front of an audience of industry executives, producers, agents, managers, attorneys and students at UCLA. The one-on-one dialogue will allow him to present his views on the industry and the future of entertainment.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Save the Date for Reunions 2014!
The law school is gearing up for Reunions 2014, which will be held on May 31. Rich Parker ’74,
a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, has been named the National Reunion Challenge Chair.
Now entering its fifth year, the Reunion Challenge is an opportunity for alumni to honor their reunion class with a financial commitment to the law school. As national chair, Rich will work
with reunion classes with years ending in 4 and 9 to increase challenge participation and help to make the reunions a resounding success.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Business Law Breakfast
In October, the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy sponsored a Business Law Breakfast with Timothy Spangler, director of research at the Lowell Milken Institute and a
partner and chair of the Investment Funds Group at Kaye Scholer LLP. Spangler, who is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Law, gave a talk on his new book, One Step Ahead: Private Equity
and Hedge Funds After the Global Financial Crisis, in which he explores how the structures of alternative investment funds enable them to adapt and react to global financial conditions. A
panel of industry insiders participated in the discussion and offered comments.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Annual Nimmer and Green Lectures
In November, the law school hosted the 27th Annual Melville B. Nimmer Memorial Lecture and
the 17th Annual Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture. The Nimmer Lecture commemorates the
career of leading copyright authority and UCLA Law Professor Mel Nimmer by showcasing the
work of a scholar advancing the fields of copyright, entertainment law or freedom of speech.
This year’s lecturer was Professor Steven Shiffrin, Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Professor Shiffrin, a constitutional law expert and a prominent figure in
First Amendment scholarship, gave a talk entitled “The Dark Side of the First Amendment.” The Green Lecture honors the late attorney Irving Green by bringing outstanding trial lawyers to
UCLA Law to inspire students. This year’s lecturer was Arnoldo Casillas ’91, a principal in the
law firm of Casillas, Moreno & Associates, which specializes in civil rights and police misconduct litigation as well as catastrophic tort litigation. He talked about his practice, some of the high-profile trials with which
he has been involved and his work on behalf of plaintiffs.
________________________________________________________________________________________________Whither the Court?
UCLA Law hosted the Allan C. Lebow Annual Supreme Court Review, “Whither the Court?
Equality Under The Roberts Court: Fisher, Shelby, Windsor, Perry and Baby Veronica,” in
August. This year’s program focused on a review of the latest Supreme Court decisions in
Fisher v. University of Texas, Shelby County v. Holder, United States v. Windsor,
Hollingsworth v. Perry and Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, and participants discussed the implications of these decisions for lawyers, academics and citizens. The participants included
UCLA School of Law Professors Kimberlé Crenshaw, Cheryl Harris, Angela Riley and Adam
Winkler, as well as UC Irvine School of Law Professor Doug NeJaime. The discussion was moderated by Brad Sears, assistant dean and executive director of the Williams Institute.
To watch a recording of the event, please click here
__________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Blue and Gold Standard
Hiring the Best and the Brightest!
When 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. To find your next stellar candidate, please contact Beth Moeller,
assistant dean of career services, at (310) 206-1117 or email@example.com.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________Please Join Us!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Spring 2014 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Colloquium
Thursdays, January - April 2014
Disability Law Society’s 2nd Annual Symposium
February 21, 2014
“Race, Labor and Law” Conference
February 28 - March 1, 2014
38th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium
March 7 - 8, 2014
Corporate Governance Conference
April 11, 2014
May 31, 2014