UC Irvine School of Law Receives $1.5 Million for Raymond Pryke Chair in First Amendment Law


IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 - UC Irvine School of Law has received a $1.5 million gift to establish an endowed chair in First Amendment Law.

The gift for the proposed chair is from Raymond Pryke, owner and publisher of Valleywide Newspapers, based in the High Desert community of Hesperia, Calif. Pryke's interest in publishing began in 1962 with the Apple Valley Observer, which he launched as a vehicle to promote sales for his real estate business. Today, Valleywide Newspapers publishes many newspapers serving Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, including the Hesperia Resorter, Apple Valley News, County Legal Reporter, Adelanto Bulletin, the Antelope Valley Journal and the Victorville Post Express.

The holder of the Pryke Chair would help solidify the School of Law's teaching and research in First Amendment and Media Law, serving as a national opinion leader in free speech and media law issues. The chair holder will be a respected national authority in this field, and it is expected that he or she will teach, write and speak on First Amendment issues of the day, including the role of a free press in preserving democratic society.

The gift will be celebrated by a Jan. 12 lecture by Barry Friedman, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, entitled "Policing without Permission." The lecture will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the School of Law, Room EDU 1111, with a reception to follow. MCLE credit will be available. Please register online.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, Assistant Dean for Communications, rbossert@law.uci.edu, (949) 824-3063.


UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked ninth in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school's innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.