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UCLA School of Law Receives $1 Million Gift From The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to Endow a Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2007— UCLA School of Law has received a $1 million dollar gift from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to endow a Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and advance legal scholarship in these areas. The gift agreement, signed in June, has passed UCLA’s Academic Senate and is in the process of being approved by the University of California.
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert were passionate philanthropists deeply involved in furthering education, tolerance, social services, healthcare and the arts. In addition to the endowment of a Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the UCLA School of Law, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has given support to endow a Chair in Israel Studies and a Chair in Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology on the university's campus.
"With the support of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, UCLA School of Law is positioned to become a preeminent source in Civil Rights Law," said Dean Michael H. Schill. "We are delighted to continue the philanthropic efforts of the Gilberts and with an experienced and talented UCLA School of Law faculty member at the helm of this chair, we expect to see great developments that will further the Gilberts' mission of equality."
Both Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert were born and raised in England and immigrated to the United States in 1949. After settling in Los Angeles, the Gilberts became successful real estate entrepreneurs and also committed their time to charitable work both locally and in the state of Israel. Shortly after the passing of his wife Rosalinde, Arthur donated their impressive collection of snuff and decorative boxes, decorative gold and silver, micro-mosaics, Judaica and enamel miniatures to the country of England. The collection is currently featured at the Somerset House in London. Due to the magnitude of the Gilbert's generosity to England, Queen Elizabeth knighted Arthur Gilbert in 1999.
Upon Sir Arthur Gilbert's death in 2001, a substantial portion of the Gilberts' fortune was donated to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to continue their humanitarian and charitable endeavors. Richard Ziman and Martin Blank serve as trustees to the foundation and were instrumental in securing the endowment for the law school.
“Martin Blank and I are proud to make this significant commitment to UCLA School of Law on behalf of the The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation,” said Richard Ziman. “We are extremely supportive of Dean Michael Schill’s programs and his quest for excellence, and we hope that other alumni and friends of the law school will join in to meet this challenge.”
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