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UCLA School of Law Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Andrew Sabin Family Foundation to Support Executive Director of Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment

​Lauri Gavel                                 
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LOS ANGELES, February 5, 2009 -- UCLA School of Law has received a $1.5 million gift from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation to support the executive director of UCLA Law’s Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment. The gift will be matched by Dan and Rae Emmett to create a $3 million Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Endowed Fund.  In recognition and appreciation of this gift, the position will be named the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director.

UCLA School of Law is in the midst of a groundbreaking $100 million fundraising campaign to secure its programs and ensure continued excellence in legal education.  This gift from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation is an important leadership gift as part of this campaign.

Founded in 2008, the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment is the nation’s first law school center focused exclusively on climate change. Cara Horowitz, a UCLA Law graduate and former attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has been selected as the first Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director. In this new position, in which she has served since July 2008, she is implementing the mission and objectives of the Emmett Center – to advance law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis – as well as overseeing teaching and research on climate change issues.

“The climate change crisis is one of the most pressing and challenging global issues today,” Dean Michael H. Schill said.  “We are extremely grateful for the support of Andrew Sabin, a dedicated environmental advocate, and his contribution to UCLA Law’s research and teaching on the environment. Through his generosity, and under the leadership of Cara Horowitz, the Emmett Center will lead the way in developing innovative legal solutions to help protect our environment and create a more sustainable future.”

Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty, Ms. Horowitz worked on oceans and wildlife issues as a staff attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she litigated high-profile cases and advocated domestically and internationally to safeguard natural resources.  She began law practice at the firm Caldwell, Leslie and Proctor, a litigation boutique, litigating cases involving environmental and land use law.

Horowitz graduated first in her class from UCLA School of Law, where she was an articles editor of the UCLA Law Review, and she earned her J.D. with a concentration in public interest law and policy. Before attending law school, she worked in the nonprofit sector as a community organizer for a national consumer rights and environmental organization.

“Cara’s extensive experience as a top environmental lawyer, and her academic success and energetic personality, make her the perfect person to serve as the inaugural Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Executive Director,” Professor Ann Carlson, faculty director of the Emmett Center, said. “Now, through Andrew Sabin’s charitable commitment, there is no doubt the Emmett Center will become the foremost authority on finding law and policy resolutions to the climate crisis.”

Andrew Sabin, a longtime advocate of environmental issues, is the president and CEO of Sabin Metal Corporation, the largest privately owned precious metals refinery in the United States. Mr. Sabin is a dedicated philanthropist with a strong passion to preserve the environment - air, water, flora and fauna.  He is president of the Sabin Conservation Fund and a founding member and president of the South Fork Natural History Museum. His title of “Mr. Salamander” is a result of being responsible for the first documented find in recent history of the endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander.

An amateur herpetologist, Mr. Sabin is an Associate at the Museum of Natural History in New York and a major sponsor of the reptile exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. Internationally, he has established the Sabin Conservation Award in Russia, which recognizes outstanding achievement in nature protection. The Center for Russian Environmental Policy has on numerous occasions recognized Mr. Sabin for his dedication to preserving the global environment. 

Mr. Sabin is committed to public service and serves on several boards, including as a member of the advisory board of the Emmett Center; the leadership council of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; the treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Evan Frankel Foundation; the treasurer of the East Hampton Youth Alliance; an honorary board member of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons; a member of the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors; a member of the Conservation International Advisory Council on Amphibian Conservation Issues; and a member of the Dean’s Council of the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University. Mr. Sabin is a graduate of the University of Denver and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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