Daniel H. Lowenstein (attorney)

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Daniel Hays Lowenstein (born May 10, 1943)[1] is a professor of law at UCLA Law School and an expert in election law. He was appointed by California governor Jerry Brown as the first chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission in 1974 and was Jerry Brown's Chief Deputy Secretary of State. He has served on the national governing board of Common Cause and has been a board member and a vice president of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. He is also the co-author of the groundbreaking California Political Reform Act of 1974.

Since July 1, 2009, Lowenstein has been serving as the first director of UCLA's Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI), which is intended to support teaching, research, and public discussion of the great works and achievements of western civilization.[2]

Lowenstein graduated from Yale University in 1964 and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1967.[3] He is married to Sharon Yagi, who is originally from Watsonville, California. They have two sons, Aaron Lowenstein and Nathan Lowenstein who are both attorneys working in Los Angeles. Sharon has two siblings, Gayle Yagi Gotelli and Randy Yagi.

According to records from the California Secretary of State, Lowenstein donated $900 to support California's Proposition 8, a position in favor of banning same-sex marriage.[4] $400 of these funds were a direct donation to the National Organization for Marriage.


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