Lowell Milken Institute Lunch and Learn Series for Students

Lunch and Learn Series

The classic law school curriculum teaches legal fundamentals but it cannot teach many of the practical ideas and issues faced by lawyers in everyday practice. To fill the gap, each semester the Lowell Milken Institute sponsors Lunch and Learn Programs aimed primarily at business law students. Students are taught by experienced practitioners who come to campus to make a presentation on a legal concept or technique that is typically not the focus of the classic classroom discussion. Our goal is to introduce students to those business law skills that are essential to professional success but generally not addressed as part of the core curriculum.

Visit our Events page for information about upcoming Lunch and Learn Events. Past Lunch and Learn Events include:


Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Understanding Due Diligence in Transactions and Reviewing Formation Documents
Dan Wu ’99, O’Melveny

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
An Introduction to Real Estate Financing Transactions
Danielle Katzir ’04, Gibson Dunn


Monday, October 3, 2022
Intro to Venture Capital Concepts
Danielle Naftulin ’00, Cooley

Monday, October 17, 2022
An Introduction to Intellectual Property Licensing
Almuhtada Smith ’08, ARS IP Law Firm

Wednesday, February 15, 2022
What do Non-Profit Boards Do and How to Get Involved Early In Your Career? Arun Baheti ’96, Vice President of Operations of the California Wellness Foundation; Laurie Hasen Camp, retired attorney and retired nonprofit executive; Shannon Paresa ’00, Associate General Counsel of​ Self-Realization Fellowship


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Venture Capital Transactions
Daniel Belzer, Sheppard Mullin

Monday, February 28, 2022
Lifecycle of a Startup
Michael Brown, Fenwick & West LLP

Monday, October 18, 2021
Introduction to Private Equity Deals
Payom Pirahesh ’11 and Luke Ashworth, Sidley Austin LLP

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Introduction to Contract Drafting
Michael Woronoff, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity, Kirkland & Ellis


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Boards of Directors: A Practical Look At How They Are Selected and What They Do

Karen Deschaine ’07, Cooley

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Introduction to Private Funds
Nadia Sager ’96, Latham & Watkins

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Big Tech and Antitrust

Jonathan Yarowsky ’77, Wilmer Hale

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The Mistakes Start-Up Founders Make and How to Avoid Them
Danielle Naftulin ’00, Cooley


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
An Introduction to Real Estate Finance Transactions

Michael J. Zerman, Buchalter

Wednesday, February 21, 2020
The Nuts and Bolts of M&A: An Introduction to the M&A Transaction

Jeff Cohen and Nicole M. Howell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Monday, October 7, 2019
Effective Prosecution and Defense in Trade Secret Disputes
Ryan Erickson and Nick Saenz, Lewis and Llewellyn

Monday, September 23, 2019
Negotiating Venture Term Sheets
Daniel Zimmermann, WilmerHale

Monday, September 16, 2019
Due Diligence: What it Is and What to Do
Patrick Brown and Rita O’Neil, Sullivan & Cromwell


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
An Introduction to Derivatives and Structured Products
Ray Shirazi (UCLA Law ’88), Cadwalader

Monday, March 11, 2019
Women in Private Equity
Attorneys of Kirkland & Ellis

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
An Introduction to Venture Capital Financing
Danielle Naftulin, Cooley

Monday, October 22, 2018
Licensing the Software and Technology Used in Consumer Products
Evelyn Shimazaki (UCLA Law ’84), former in-house attorney with Apple, Tesla and Facebook/Oculus

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Real Estate Financing
Erik North (UCLA Law ’05), Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Antitrust and Privacy Issues
Abiel Garcia and Jeremy S. Smith, Gibson Dunn


Monday, March 5, 2018
IPOs: Understanding the Players, their Roles, and the Major Issues that Arise
Michelle Carpenter and Drew Capurro, Latham & Watkins

Monday, February 26, 2018
What is a Hedge Fund?
Scott Klein, Beach Point Capital

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Effective Networking for Law Students and Young Lawyers
Marsha Redmon, Redmon Communications

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Corporate Governance Fundamentals: Bylaws and the Board of Directors’ Decision-Making Structure
Thomas Kellerman, Morgan Lewis

Monday, September 18, 2017
The Lagunitas/Heineken “Case Study”: A Young Associates’ Deal Primer
Maria Stipp, CEO of Lagunitas


Thursday, March 2, 2017
Introduction to Venture Capital Financing
Danielle Naftulin, Cooley LLP

Monday, February 13, 2016
Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
Jim Barrall, Latham & Watkins

Monday, October 31, 2016
Shareholder Activism: How Fund Structure Impacts Investment Selection, Strategy and Duration
Presented by attorneys from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
An Introduction to Technology Start-Ups: Choice of Entity, Jurisdiction, and Capital Structure
George Colindres, Perkins Coie

Monday, September 19, 2016
Due Diligence in Transactions: What It Is and What To Do
Patrick Brown and Rita-Anne O’Neill, Sullivan & Cromwell


Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Valeant/Allergan Attempted Hostile Takeover
Presented By: Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins

Monday, February 22, 2016
Internal Investigations and Regulatory Implications
Presented By: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
How to Turn a Term Sheet Into a Contract
Presented By: Donald M. Scotten, Akerman

November 2, 2015
Business Plans: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
Presented by: George Abe

October 16, 2015
The Mistakes Start-Up Founders Make and How to Avoid Them
Presented By: Danielle Naftulin, Cooley LLP

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Advantages and Disadvantages of Non-Profit Entity Selection and How to Successfully Form a Non-Profit to Receive Tax-Exempt Status
Presented By: Louis E. Michelson


March 16, 2015
An Introduction to Real Estate Joint Venture Agreements
Presented By: Loryn Dunn Arkow, Kelly Drye & Warren

March 4, 2015
The Dealmakers Ten Commandments
Presented By: Jeff Cohen, Cohen Gardner LLP

October 21, 2014
Business Lifecycle: From Start-Up to IPO
Presented By: Brian Liu, co-founder LegalZoom.com

October 13, 2014
Debt Kings: How Junior Lawyers help Private Equity Sponsors Borrow Billions
Presented By: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

September 4, 2014
California’s Unfair Competition Law: What Every California Lawyer Needs to Know
Presented By: Arnold & Porter LLP


March 19, 2014
A Discussion of Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund
Presented By: James Park, UCLA School of Law and Eric Waxman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

March 7, 2014
A Primer on Preferred Stock Agreements: Structure, Terms, and Negotiated Points
Presented By: Danielle Naftulin, Cooley LLP

February 26, 2014
An Introduction to Technology Start-Ups: Choice of Entity, Jurisdiction and Capital Structure
Presented By: George Colindres, Perkins Coie

February 5, 2014
An Introduction to Private Foundations
Presented By: Ofer Lion, Hunton & Williams LLP

October 30, 2013
One Step Ahead: Private Equity and Hedge Funds after the Global Financial Crisis
Presented By: Timothy Spangler, Director of Research of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy; Sidley Austin LLP

October 16, 2013
Due Diligence: What It Is and What To Do
Presented By: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

September 24, 2013
What is Private Equity: Lessons from Behind the Gate
Presented By: Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP