UCLA Law School receives $1.5 million gift to establish Pete Kameron Chair
Gift from Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation endows chair focusing on music, entertainment law
By Lauri Gavel February 04, 2008 Category: Campus News
The UCLA School of Law has received a $1.5 million commitment from the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation to establish the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law in honor of the long and distinguished career of Pete Kameron, a philanthropist and legendary music industry figure.
The chair will be awarded to a legal scholar of the highest academic and professional caliber whose work addresses issues that have an impact on, or are related to, music, entertainment or intellectual property law.
Pete Kameron, whose accomplishments in the entertainment industry span 65 years, is highly successful as a music publisher, artists' manager, television producer, record company executive, concert and theater producer, film score supervisor, and founder of the LA Weekly newspaper and LA Style magazine.
Desiring to share his good fortune, Kameron and his close friend Ralph Shapiro have already established the Pete Kameron Fund and the Pete Kameron Scholarship Fund at the UCLA School of Law to provide support for students from all backgrounds who are committed to a career in music, entertainment and media law. Kameron also worked with the Shapiros to establish the Gait Analysis Laboratory at UCLA Medical Center.
The Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law is part of UCLA's Ensuring Academic Excellence initiative, a five-year effort aimed at generating $250 million in private commitments, specifically for the recruitment and retention of the very best faculty and graduate students. The initiative was launched in June 2004, and its goals include raising $100 million to fund 100 new endowed chairs for faculty across campus.
The UCLA School of Law, founded in 1949, is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 970 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training, and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession.