Michael Belote, ’87, recently converted his estate gift to support the Kennedy Scholarship Fund. Belote was selected in 2021 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, California Capital Chapter as its Outstanding Philanthropist. The honor recognizes individuals with a proven record of exceptional generosity who have demonstrated both civil and charitable responsibility, and who have encouraged others to do the same.

“Learning from Justice Kennedy was a noteworthy experience during my time at McGeorge,” Belote said. “Very few lawyers get to say they were taught constitutional law by Anthony Kennedy.”

Justice Kennedy’s impact permeates the law school. The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, an organization of judges, justices, law professors, attorneys, and law students dedicated to professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence in the legal profession is located on the Sacramento Campus. The Inn has won more honors from the National Inn of Court than any other in the United States.

In 2021, McGeorge partnered with the community to promote the educational outreach of the Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Library and Learning Center. Housed in the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse, the center’s mission is to foster respect for the rule of law and spotlight the independent judiciary’s role in protecting the constitutional and civil rights of all people.

Additionally, thanks to a generous gift from the Angelo and Sofia Tsakopoulos Family Foundation, the law school established the Anthony M. Kennedy Endowed Chair, which is currently held by McGeorge Professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs, an expert on First Amendment Law.

To learn more about how you can support McGeorge students, visit law.pacific.edu/law/giving.

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