UCLA School of Law has received a $2 million gift from Meyer Luskin, a UCLA alumnus and the chairman, president and CEO of Scope Industries, to establish the Robert Henigson Endowed Chair in Legal Ethics. Luskin made the gift to commemorate his longstanding relationship with his friend and attorney, Robert Henigson.
The chair will be awarded to a distinguished faculty member whose scholarship and teaching are concentrated in the area of legal ethics.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Meyer Luskin and privileged that he has chosen to endow a chair at UCLA Law to pay tribute to his friendship with and deep admiration for an esteemed member of the legal profession,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “The Robert Henigson Endowed Chair in Legal Ethics will enhance our efforts to inculcate the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in our students by signaling a deep commitment to excellence in this area.”
Henigson was a prominent lawyer and a managing partner at the Los Angeles firm of Lawler, Felix and Hall. He was also a philanthropist whose charitable endeavors included affordable housing, the performing arts and the protection of undeveloped land for public access, as well as support for childhood education, college scholarships and endowed professorships.
“Bob was a brilliant attorney and a dedicated philanthropist — I am forever grateful for both his wise counsel and his friendship,” Luskin said. “It is an honor to be able to further his legacy by partnering with UCLA Law, whose mission of research, education and public service is directly in line with what Bob was passionate about.”
The gift is part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, a $4.2 billon fundraising drive scheduled to conclude in 2019, the university’s 100th anniversary.
Meyer Luskin and his wife, Renee, are longtime supporters of UCLA. In 2011, they donated $100 million — the second largest gift ever to the campus — to support academic programs and capital improvements. The gift was equally divided between the UCLA School of Public Affairs, which was renamed in their honor, and a residential conference center, which is scheduled to open in 2016.
The Luskins’ generosity also has funded endowments for undergraduate scholarships and graduate student fellowships, and a children’s clinic at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Meyer Luskin, who earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1949, also has served as chairman of the advisory board for the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He chairs the UCLA Centennial Campaign Cabinet, serves on the campaign executive committee and is a member of the UCLA Foundation board of directors.