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Mabie Family Foundation gives UC Davis Law $1 million for new scholarship

News Posted on March 18, 2021

The William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation has pledged $1 million to UC Davis School of Law for a new scholarship in memory of Ronald Hayes Malone, the foundation's longtime president and a one-time Watergate prosecutor.

UC Davis Law alumnus Yeoryios Apallas ’72 helped shepherd the gift honoring Malone, who was Apallas’ best friend. Through his extraordinary volunteer work with the Mabie Family Foundation, Apallas has assisted with nearly $6 million in gifts to UC Davis Law over the years. 

Previous gifts endowed the Mabie-Apallas Chair in Public Interest Law (currently held by Dean Kevin R. Johnson) and established the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation Scholarship. The law school's Mabie Law Library was named as such in recognition of the foundation’s generous gift toward King Hall’s recent renovation and expansion project. 

The new scholarship aims to support qualified students with demonstrated financial need -- especially those who could not attend law school without significant private support. Recipients could include first-generation, immigrant or undocumented students. The scholarship is intended for students who have the potential to contribute to the legal community in the areas of civil rights, community service and/or nonprofit organizations.

The Mabie Family Foundation aims to honor Malone, who died in March 2020, as an extraordinary friend, husband, father and trial lawyer.

Malone grew up in Mountain View, Calif., in modest circumstances, relying on scholarships for his own college education. He spent summers at his grandfather’s Missouri ranch, where he developed a lifelong love for horses.

Malone earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1971 and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law in 1975. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Justice, playing prominent roles in high-profile federal cases including an investigation into illegal mail-opening activities by the CIA and the prosecution of Tony Boyle, the ex-United Mine Workers of America president convicted of conspiring to kill a union rival. In addition, Malone served as a lead trial attorney on the Watergate special prosecuting team during its final 10 months. 

Malone served as president of the Mabie Family Foundation until his passing.