The Law Library was established as part of the UCDavis School of Law in 1965, sharing space in temporary buildings on campus until King Hall was completed in 1969.
An addition to King Hall, and recent renovation library spaces, provides students with upgraded reading rooms, group study areas, and more collaborative space throughout King Hall.
Thanks to a generous gift from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation, in 2006, the Law Library was named the Mabie Law Library. The library is under the direction of the Dean of the School of Law, with advice from the faculty. The Director of the Library is a member of the faculty.
The Mabie Law Library supports the research, scholarship, and curriculum needs of its faculty and students by developing a law library with relevant resources, in both print and electronic formats, and providing legal research assistance to its constituents.
Librarians are involved in many aspects of the law school program, including:
- Legal Research Training: Librarians teach an elective 2-unit Advanced Legal Research course, and provide customized research training for student RA’s, clinical students, externs, summer associates, and journal editors.
- Liaison Program: Every faculty member is assigned a research librarian to assist with research, scholarship, and teaching
- In Class Course Support: Librarians provide in-class lectures on course specific resources, to help students better utilize resources that focus on specific area of laws
- Legal Research Assistance: Librarians regularly provide legal research training and help locating legal resources to students, faculty, alums, members of the Bench and Bar, and members of the public.
- The Mabie Law Library houses over 375,000 print volumes and volume equivalents, and provides access to a wealth of online resources it licenses.
- The Mabie Law Library has specialized collections that focus on business law, environmental law, intellectual property, immigration law, constitutional law, and public interest law.
- The Mabie Law Library is both a federal and California government selective depository, with a strong collection of governmental resources
- The Library has a rich print collection of international, foreign and comparative legal materials, with access to many online source materials. The collection covers private and public international law, including such sub topics as: international trade and development, commercial transactions, intellectual property rights, corporate governance, globalization, international litigation and arbitration and human rights.
- The Library has access to interdisciplinary resources, both journals and databases available electronically via the California Digital Library (CDL), a repository of licensed online information made available by the University of California for students, staff, faculty and on-site users.
The Mabie Law Library is named in honor of the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation. The Mabie Family Foundation is directed by Ron Malone and is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to worthy causes, principally in the areas of education and medicine. The Foundation was founded by William and Inez Mabie during their lifetimes to facilitate their charitable giving. William and Inez Mabie were engaged in substantial ranching, farming, and real estate ventures, principally in the Northern California counties of Santa Clara and San Benito. Upon their deaths in 1995, the Foundation received the bulk of its assets from the estate of Inez Mabie, and the Foundation continues the charitable giving initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Mabie during their lifetimes.
In 2003 and 2006, Yeoryios C. Apallas '72 was instrumental in facilitating over $2.3 million in gifts for the UC Davis School of Law from the Mabie Family Foundation. These funds established the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Chair, the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation Scholarship and, most recently, the naming of the Law Library for a major contribution to the King Hall Building Campaign. It is through dedicated alumni like Yeoryios and philanthropic foundations like the Mabie Family Foundation that the School of Law and the Mabie Law Library are able to continue to provide excellence and leadership while maintaining a supportive, community environment.
Yeoryios Apallas comes from humble beginnings as the son of Greek immigrants who worked shining shoes as a youth. Yeoryios received his law degree in 1972 and joined the California Department of Justice as a deputy attorney general. He worked on many high-profile cases, including a number of cases involving oil company violations of the price control act.
Yeoryios's shoeshine brush still holds a place of honor on his desk and is a sign that he will not forget his roots. As stated by Yeoryios, "Each new generation has a responsibility to the previous generation to succeed, and to give back as much as it receives."