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Raising the Bar

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A gift from L.A. film czar and UCLA alumnus Kenneth Ziffren establishes The Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

For the third time, UCLA School of Law’s Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law Program has been named the top entertainment law program in the country by The Hollywood Reporter. The top ranking is based on the number of alumni who are included on the publication’s “Power Lawyers” list, a catalog of Hollywood’s 100 most influential attorneys. Among those attorneys is one of UCLA’s most loyal alumni, Kenneth Ziffren, JD ’65, who recently gave $5 million to UCLA Law to establish The Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

An Ardent Advocate

It’s fair to say that Ziffren, who served as a neutral mediator in resolving the Writer’s Guild strike in 1988, has had a hand in raising the bar at UCLA Law. One of the country’s leading entertainment lawyers, Ziffren was named Los Angeles’ film czar in 2014, charged with increasing television and film production in California. He brings his leadership to UCLA Law, too. In addition to teaching two seminars in the school, he co-chairs the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors, chairs the Entertainment & Media Law Program, and serves as a member of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA Cabinet.

Giving Back to Keep UCLA Ahead

Not surprisingly, he has been contributing financially to the university for more than 40 years. Thanks in part to Ziffren’s extensive involvement and considerable generosity, UCLA Law continues to attract the best and offer the best.

Says Ziffren: “It’s very gratifying to be able to extend support to the next generation of leaders and to help guarantee that the law school’s center will continue to be the best in the nation.”

Published March 2016

Law students with actor Morgan Freeman

UCLA’s entertainment law program gives students exposure to and experience in the industry.

Shot of Kenneth Ziffren, JD ’65

Donor Kenneth Ziffren, JD ’65

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