With a generous gift from Lowell Milken UCLA School of Law establishes Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.
"This generous gift from Lowell Milken will deepen UCLA Law's already strong impact on the vibrant Los Angeles legal and business communities and help prepare students with the training they need to meet the challenges of today's global and entrepreneurial economy," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
About the Lowell Milken Institute
The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law will extend greater opportunities to UCLA law students, faculty, young law practitioners and alumni. Building on UCLA School of Law's already outstanding programs, the Lowell Milken Institute at UCLA School of Law provides expanded studies on business law and policy, clinical experience and additional research opportunities for faculty, along with faculty fellowships, student scholarships and awards. The knowledge, skills and experience provided through the Lowell Milken Institute will ensure that UCLA law students are prepared to assume leadership roles not only in the practice of law, but also in the areas of business, government and philanthropy. "With groundbreaking research, as well as symposia and conferences, the Lowell Milken Institute also will facilitate the kind of sustained dialogue with policymakers and practitioners that is UCLA's hallmark as a public university, " said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
Law School Gains Expanded Program and Resources
Established in 2011 with a gift from UCLA School of Law Alumnus Lowell Milken, the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy will serve students, faculty and the greater community at the highest levels of scholarship and real-world experience. By supporting core academic programs, promoting new and innovative initiatives and providing financial support for students, the Lowell Milken Institute will advance UCLA School of Law’s strength in research and teaching, and facilitate sustained dialogue with policymakers and practitioners that will leave a lasting impact on the larger legal and business communities.
UCLA Law Dean Rachel F. Moran noted that the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy will draw on the school's existing strengths in business law and policy, including its premier faculty and outstanding students, as well as its long tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations. "This gift brings the dynamic and visionary nature of Lowell Milken's philanthropic initiatives to a world-class academic and legal setting and reinforces UCLA Law's longstanding traditions of excellence, innovation, access and service," Moran said. "Lowell's generosity will enable us to initiate a many curricular innovations, further critical research and provide financial support for students, who will become our nation's future leaders in business law and policy.
The Institute and its Legacy
Dean of UCLA School of Law, Rachel Moran called this a transformative gift to UCLA Law. "I am deeply grateful for Lowell’s commitment to UCLA Law and for his investment in the future of our law school and our community. We hope this extraordinary act of philanthropy will inspire others to dedicate resources to this core area in scholarship and teaching."
"I am pleased to lend my support to Dean Moran’s vision and the establishment of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy as a means to further develop the skills, knowledge and experiences of UCLA law students, to provide greater reach for UCLA’s research and projects, outstanding faculty and efforts to attract and retain world-class faculty members," Lowell Milken said. As 2009 law school alumnus of the year at UCLA Milken has been an active member of the alumni community for many years.
In a recent article in UCLA LAW magazine, Lowell Milken discussed his motivations to make this significant contribution to UCLA School of law. "Personally, the value of my UCLA Law educational experience has proven its worth in diverse situations and decisions over time, " he said. "I wished to give something to the School of Law in return—to find a way to support it that would make a significant difference to faculty, students and the community at large. "
He also added that the current financial pressures and constraints impacting our state’s great UC system makes it incumbent upon those who benefited from the UC system to help support the outstanding work of universities such as UCLA.
With this gift to UCLA Milken has enabled the school to meet the ambitious $100 million fundraising goal set for the Campaign for UCLA School of Law, which was launched in 2008, well ahead of its original five-year schedule.
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