The Williams Institute,
Including the new donation, UCLA alumnus Charles R. Williams has committed $15 million total to that research wing of UCLA's law school since its founding in 2001.
The think tank’s scholars played an active role in providing research and filing briefs in the recent
The $5 million will help fund leadership positions, including a research director, according to Brad
"In terms of ensuring the long-term stability of the institute, it is an extremely important, strategic gift," Sears said Tuesday.
Williams, who earned a bachelor's degree and business master's at UCLA, is a former senior executive for Sperry Corp. and has been active in gay and lesbian-oriented issues.
In a statement released Tuesday, Williams said he is proud of the institute's work on "equality in this country and around the world." He said he anticipated that it would "address issues that make a real difference in people's lives."