LAS VEGAS, NV—Robert T. Eglet, one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and a 1988 graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, and his law partner and wife, renowned legal negotiator Tracy A. Eglet, are giving the University of the Pacific’s law school one of the largest gifts in the history of U.S. legal education, the school announced today.
The gift, which will be paid out over time, includes $5 million in support of the school’s advocacy center and another $20 million for scholarships dedicated to first-generation students and students of color. The gift is among the top 15 given to a U.S. law school, the second largest to a California law school and the second largest in the 170-year history of California’s first university.
The McGeorge School’s award-winning advocacy program will be renamed the Eglet Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. The gift will create three new endowed faculty chairs for the center and a fund that will cover competition fees and travel costs for every qualified team interested in competing as a member of one of McGeorge’s mock trial, moot court, negotiations, or other competition teams.