UCLA School of Law has named three new members to its Board of Advisors and welcomes Richard Sandler '73 as board chairman for 2017-18.
The new members of the 29-member body are leading trial attorney A. Barry Cappello '65; Matthew Epstein '98, chief executive of the business consulting firm The Camstoll Group; and Jessie Kornberg '07, president and chief executive of public interest law organization Bet Tzedek.
The Board of Advisors is a group of distinguished alumni who help UCLA Law achieve its goals of access and excellence by offering support and strategic advice to law school leadership on matters including curricular opportunities, fundraising and development, recruiting efforts for faculty and students, alumni outreach and long-term priorities.
"The new members of our board of advisors, and the new chair, have already shown great dedication to the school by giving back in a variety of important ways," said Jennifer L. Mnookin, UCLA Law Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law. "I'm delighted that they've agreed to play important roles in our ‘kitchen cabinet' and will offer even more of their energy and wisdom to benefit the law school."
Richard Sandler is a partner at Maron & Sandler in Los Angeles who focuses on real estate, business and securities transactions. He also is executive vice president and a trustee of the Milken Family Foundation, which fund initiatives in education, medical research and entrepreneurship. A gift to UCLA Law from Sandler helped establish the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize, an annual competition offering $100,000 in awards to interdisciplinary teams of UCLA students who develop entrepreneurial business proposals. The prize is the largest of its kind at any law school in the United States.
A. Barry Cappello is the founder managing partner of Cappello & Noël in Santa Barbara. He is recognized as a leading trial lawyer and authority on complex commercial litigation, specializing in lender liability. He has successfully tried hundreds of jury trials and secured verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 billion for his clients. Cappello's deep ties to UCLA Law include major support of the school's trial advocacy program and his leadership in "The Cappello Series: The Art of the Trial," a twice-annual lecture series in which students gain insight into litigation techniques and strategies from top practitioners. The school's A. Barry Cappello Courtroom is named in his honor.
Matthew Epstein is the CEO of The Camstoll Group, a strategic consulting firm that advises entities facing complex policy, regulatory or competitive challenges. He previously served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Attaché to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, advising senior Treasury officials on illicit finance and economic developments in the region, including currency policy and foreign investment. His contributions to UCLA Law support the school's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, one of the leading programs in the nation for preparing law students for public interest careers.
Jessie Kornberg joined Bet Tzedek as president and CEO in 2014. Bet Tzedek is one of the largest and most successful non-profit law firms in the country, serving more than 20,000 low-income seniors, disabled residents and others annually; providing education and training to consumers and service providers; and advocating for policy reform in areas including housing, elder law and consumer fraud. Kornberg is a founding member of UCLA Law Women LEAD, connecting accomplished UCLA Law alumnae and students in an effort to build a career-long network of mentoring, support and professional advancement for women in the law.