Designating UCLA School of Law as a class action cy pres recipient is another way to support UCLA School of Law. Cy pres awards are residual funds in class action settlements or judgments that, for any number of reasons, are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the intended recipients. Instead, these funds can be awarded to a nonprofit organization whose work advances the public interest and indirectly benefits the class members. UCLA Law qualifies as one of these nonprofit organizations.
Directing cy pres funds toward the law school can help UCLA Law advance our longstanding tradition of access and service. Cy pres funds can also provide community support when directed to UCLA Law programs like the El Centro Legal Clinics or the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
While it is ultimately up to the courts to determine whether a cy pres award is appropriate and where it should be directed, plaintiff and defense attorneys can play an important role by recommending to the court that UCLA School of Law be named as the beneficiary.
For more information on how you can support the law school through cy pres opportunities, please contact Michelle deBaroncelli in the Office of External Affairs at (310) 206-1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.