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Ken Ziffren of Ziffren Brittenham gives $1 million to UCLA School of Law

Gift from Ellen and Ken Ziffren, ’65, to support highest priority needs of the school


UCLA School of Law has received a minimum $1-million leadership gift in support of the law school’s $100-million Campaign for UCLA School of Law. The gift from Ellen and Ken Ziffren, '65, will support the highest priority needs of the school, under the direction of the dean.


"Ken Ziffren has been a driving force in leading our school and establishing an energetic philanthropic spirit. His dedication and generosity will allow us to continue supporting our faculty, expanding our programs and centers and shaping the best and brightest legal minds," Dean Michael H. Schill said.
Ken Ziffren, chairman of the $100-million endowment campaign, which formally launched in April 2008, and co-chairman of the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors, has been instrumental in the campaign’s efforts to increase student scholarships, attract and retain faculty and support centers and institutes that inform law and public policy. This gift puts the campaign, scheduled to conclude in 2013, at close to $65 million.

"I want to do my part to ensure that future generations of UCLA School of Law students have the same or better access to quality legal education, and hope to encourage others to join in this effort," Ziffren stated.


Ziffren is a founding partner of Ziffren Brittenham, one of the nation’s leading entertainment and media law firms. He has represented noted stars ranging from Steve McQueen to Jay Leno. He served as a neutral mediator in resolving the Writer’s Guild strike in 1988; acted on behalf of Starz in establishing the premium pay television service in 1994; represented DirecTV in inaugurating pay-per-view services domestically, in Latin America and Japan; and served as the special outside counsel to the National Football League in negotiating contracts with the networks as part of an extensive transactional practice in the entertainment and media industries.


A frequent lecturer and writer on entertainment law, Ziffren is an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches a seminar course in motion picture distribution. In addition to serving as chairman of the endowment campaign and co-chairman of the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors, Ziffren helped to found the law school’s Entertainment and Media Law and Policy Program and was the school’s Alumnus of the Year in 1995.


During law school, Ziffren was editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren during the 1965-66 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a partner of Ziffren & Ziffren before founding Ziffren Brittenham in 1979. Among other family members to attend UCLA School of Law is his uncle, Lester Ziffren, ’52, a member of the law school’s first class.


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. For more information, visit UCLA School of Law.


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