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."