UCLA School of Law Receives Leadership Gift from Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation to Support Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 29, 2015 – UCLA School of Law has received a gift from the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation to establish the Ann Carlson Discretionary Fund, which will be used to support the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. The $500,000 gift will be matched through the Dan and Rae Emmett Matching Gift Challenge, doubling its impact. The fund will be used for a wide variety of needs and opportunities, including graduate and undergraduate scholarships, fellowships, faculty projects and research.

“We are thrilled that Ralph and Shirley Shapiro have made this exceptional gift in support of the Emmett Institute and in recognition of Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro professor of environmental law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute,” Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin said. “Their generosity is vital in furthering the institute’s work of addressing critical environmental issues and training future environmental law leaders. We are deeply grateful for the ongoing leadership of Ralph and Shirley Shapiro, and Dan and Rae Emmett.”

Ralph ’58 and Shirley Shapiro have deep and lasting ties to UCLA and a long history of providing philanthropic support to UCLA Law. They have endowed four chairs at UCLA Law, including the Shirley Shapiro Chair in Environmental Law. Ralph Shapiro, a long-time member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors, has served as president of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association and as a member of the law school’s board of advisors. In recognition of his work to sustain and advance UCLA School of Law as a prominent institution of higher learning, he received the 2008 Alumni of the Year Award for Public and Community Service and was named the 1983 Alumnus of the Year. Shirley Shapiro is a member of the Emmett Institute advisory board, the board of directors of UCLA Women & Philanthropy, and the board of visitors for UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. 

In 2014, UCLA School of Law received a $1.5 million matching gift challenge from the Emmett Family Foundation to greatly increase the law school’s capacity to advance law and policy solutions to pressing environmental issues. The Emmett family has long been concerned about environmental issues and is actively involved in supporting environmental organizations and initiatives. Their 2008 gift to UCLA Law established the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, which was expanded in 2014 through an additional $1 million leadership gift from the Emmett Family Foundation. Dan Emmett is the chairman of Santa Monica-based Douglas Emmett, Inc., one of the largest owners and operators of office and multifamily properties in Los Angeles and Honolulu. He and his companies have been known for their leadership in energy conservation since 1990.

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