Meeting the Moment
Year in Review
Meeting the Moment
Year in Review
UCLA Law Magazine
FALL 2020 | VOLUME 43
Year in Review
UCLA Law Magazine | Fall 2020 | Volume 43
UCLA Law Receives $15 Million to Boost Native American Law and Policy
The visionary donation from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria advances the study and practice of Native American law through scholarships in the law school’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center.
Securing Safety: Clinic Helps Immigrant Family Win Asylum
The Show Goes On: Entertainment Symposium Plays Out Amid COVID-19
UCLA Law Welcomes First Students in Its Master of Legal Studies Program
UCLA Law by the Numbers 2020
From scholarly impact to student achievement, a look at the many ways in which UCLA Law takes the lead.
Message from Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin
Despite unprecedented challenges, UCLA Law thrived and excelled beyond even normal expectations, impacting communities far and wide in 2020.
Amid Protests and Pandemic, UCLA Law Community Unites to Bolster Scholarship for Black Law Students
Alumni and students united to support Black students at UCLA Law, continuing the growth of the new Black Law Students Association Scholarship.
Impact in Indian Country: How the Tribal Legal Development Clinic Serves Native Nations
Created in 2019 with a $1.3 million, five-year grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the TLDC is a true partnership through clinical education.
UCLA Law Tops $181 Million in Fundraising During Centennial Campaign
More than 10,000 donors contributed over 30,000 gifts, pushing the law school past its fundraising goal for the campaign by more than $31 million.
UCLA Launches Institute to Explore Legal, Policy Impact of Emerging Tech
The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy is a joint effort between the law school and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
Illuminating Webinars Highlight Stellar Summer Programming at UCLA Law
Including deep discussions on systemic racism and LGBTQ rights, UCLA Law went virtual to present the best of its scholarship in 2020.
$5 Million Gift Launches Center for Immigration Law and Policy
A tremendous commitment from alumna Alicia Miñana ’87 and Rob Lovelace broadly expands UCLA Law’s role as a national leader in immigration law.
Emmett Institute Ramps Up Federal Efforts on Environmental Protection
As the Trump administration continued its push to roll back federal environmental regulations, UCLA Law faculty responded with a wide array of initiatives.
Bayrex Martí Joins UCLA Law as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
The new student affairs leader started at UCLA Law in January – just in time to help guide the school’s nearly 1,000 students through a once-in-a-lifetime global crisis.
Williams Institute Informs Supreme Court Win, Examines COVID-19 Risks to LGBT People
After the Bostock decision and amid COVID-19, UCLA Law’s renowned center assessed the rights and status of LGBT people at this moment.
Emmett Institute Boosts International Cooperation on Climate Change
Ongoing projects on the governance of climate engineering and collaborations with China marked a strong year of impact on the international stage.
Criminal Justice Program Launches Innovative Juvenile Justice Fellowship
Thanks to substantial grant support, the program’s new fellowship focuses on advancing the interests of youth directly impacted by the juvenile justice system.
UCLA Law Hosts Inaugural Public Service Challenge
From Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, hundreds of members of the UCLA Law family volunteered in a variety of opportunities supporting the greater community.
Help in Housing: New Fellowship Addresses Looming Eviction Crisis
The Los Angeles Eviction Defense and Prevention Fellowship will fund eight graduates from UCLA Law’s Class of 2020 to receive experience in housing law.
Lowell Milken Institute Hosts Third-Annual Silicon Beach Conference
The November 2019 conference was built around a panel of entrepreneurs and investors serving as a board of a hypothetical company, NotRealMeat.
Ziffren IN-Sports Panel Zeroes In on ‘College Sports Today’
Experts at the November 2019 event addressed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which lets college athletes hire agents and accept product-endorsement money.
UCLA Law Hosts American Society of Comparative Law Annual Meeting
The two-day online event featured speakers from over 20 countries, including many of the world’s leading comparative law scholars.
Promise Institute Spearheads Initiatives Aimed at Curbing Environmental Crimes
Efforts included a February symposium, “Human Rights and the Climate Crisis,” that focused on accountability for crimes against the environment.
Law Fellows Program Wins ABA Diversity Award
UCLA Law’s oft-lauded program won for “promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession through ... encouragement and inclusion.”
John Sonego Joins UCLA Law as Associate Dean for External Affairs
The veteran fundraiser comes to UCLA Law after tenures at the USC Price School of Public Policy and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
UCLA Law Celebrates 69th Commencement
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the commencement address at a virtual graduation ceremony that included many inspiring speakers.
Onward, Online: 2020 LMI-Sandler Prize Awards $100,000 for Student Innovation
After going virtual, the law school’s signature business competition presented first prize to a company that fosters invention in an online environment.
Resnick Center Launches Guide on COVID-19 and Food Law and Policy
“COVID-19 and Food Law” includes matters of high interest during the pandemic, such as food security and the safety of farm or food-service workers.
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