August 15, 2016 – UCLA School of Law has received a gift of $100,000 from the estate of Vicki Lynn Shapiro, the late wife of UCLA Law alumnus Bernard Shapiro ’59, to support students pursuing work in entertainment law. The gift establishes the Vicki Lynn Shapiro Endowment to fund summer fellowships for law students at the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Each summer, one or two Vicki Lynn Shapiro Scholars from UCLA Law will work at SAG-AFTRA, gaining experience in legal practice at one of the pivotal organizations within the entertainment field.
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, broadcast journalists, recording artists and other performers and media professionals. Vicki Lynn Shapiro began working at SAG-AFTRA in 1978, eventually becoming its legal affairs director. She also served on the SAG Foundation board of trustees.