Washington in Westwood: Congressman Nadler Speaks at UCLA Law

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Alumnus and entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren ’65 (left) appears in conversation with U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler at UCLA Law on April 23.


U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler visited UCLA School of Law to provide an inside look at his work as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the main congressional body that handles matters key to the entertainment industry and, most recently, investigations into Russian election meddling and President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice.

The New York Democrat’s April 23 presentation before a packed room of students, faculty and alumni was the latest installment in the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law’s “IN-DC” series of lectures, which bring the nation’s top lawyers and lawmakers to UCLA Law.

Alumnus Howard Berman ’65, a former congressman and now senior advisor at Covington & Burling who sits on the Ziffren Center’s advisory board, introduced Nadler, who spoke in conversation with leading entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren ’65.

In addition to ongoing Russia and obstruction inquiries, Nadler addressed several issues that are on his committee’s agenda or top of mind for House Democrats, who are now in the majority. These included immigration; wage stagnation; antitrust; and efforts to update the nation’s copyright laws, preserve net neutrality and contend with the free-speech minefield that arises on social media and television.