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UCLA School of Law Receives $1.5 Million from The Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation to Establish the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Public Interest Law


Lauri Gavel
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LOS ANGELES, July 31, 2008
- 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 Public Interest Law in honor of the long and distinguished career of Pete Kameron, who served as executive producer and manager to legendary musicians. The chair will be awarded to a legal scholar of the highest academic and professional caliber who is committed to teaching and writing about the interplay of contracts, consumer rights, class action suits, the economy and /or public interest law. 

During his remarkable 65-year career, Pete Kameron, who passed away on June 29 at the age of 87, was involved in nearly every aspect of the entertainment business. He was highly successful as a music publisher, artists' manager, television producer, record company executive, concert and theater producer, film score supervisor and founder of LA Weekly and LA Style magazines.

Desiring to share his good fortune, Kameron and his close friend Ralph Shapiro previously established the Pete Kameron Fund, Pete Kameron Scholarship Fund and the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Music, Entertainment and Copyright Law at UCLA School of Law to provide support for students from all backgrounds who are committed to a career in music, entertainment, intellectual property and media law. Kameron also worked with the Shapiros to establish the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the UCLA Medical Center.

"In addition to Pete Kameron's legendary accomplishments in the entertainment industry, he was committed to a wide-range of philanthropic work and was concerned with helping and protecting the everyday person - the "little guy" - from being victimized," Dean Michael H. Schill said. "The traits that Pete Kameron embodied and the issues of importance to him, notably public interest work and consumer rights protections, will be fostered through Shirley and Ralph Shapiro's generous gift."

Shirley and Ralph Shapiro have deep and lasting ties to UCLA. They received undergraduate degrees from UCLA in 1959 and 1953 respectively, and Ralph received his J.D. from the law school in 1958. Ralph Shapiro, a long-time member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors, has served as President of the School of Law Alumni Association and as a member of the law school's Board of Advisors.  In recognition of his work to keep UCLA School of Law a prominent institution of higher learning, he received the 2008 Alumni of the Year Award for Public and Community Service and was named the 1983 Alumnus of the Year. Shirley Shapiro is on the Board of Directors of UCLA Women & Philanthropy and the Royce Center Circle, as well as on the Board of Visitors for UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture. 

In addition to their generous gifts, the Shapiros have invested their unwavering support and attention to UCLA and have been active participants in the law school and university communities. Their philanthropic efforts extend beyond UCLA to many organizations throughout Los Angeles and across the country that support the arts, environmental issues, children's health and human rights.

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