Remembering William Graham, Distinguished Alumnus and Lecturer

20180109 WilliamGrahamObitWilliam Graham, a graduate of, former lecturer at and generous donor to UCLA School of Law, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2017. He was 69.

Graham earned his J.D. in 1973 and taught trial advocacy at the law school from 1978 to 1980. He made several gifts over several decades, often in support of clinical education.

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus David Binder, who was Graham’s instructor and, later, his faculty colleague, characterized Graham as a vivacious and generous person. “He genuinely cared about others and sought to improve their lives,” Binder said.

Before becoming a lecturer at UCLA Law, Graham — a member of the family that owned the Washington Post — worked at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. After leaving UCLA Law, he founded and operated the investment firm Graham Partners and engaged in numerous philanthropic efforts.

He was survived by his wife, Sally Lasker Graham, and two children.