August 24, 2010
Professors Miriam Cherry and Jarrod Wong received the Sprankling Award for their contributions to legal scholarship during the 2009-10 year at the annual McGeorge Faculty Dinner on August 21, 2010, at the Sutter Club.
Professor Ruth Jones, the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, presented the award to the young faculty members, who were each cited for their individual works and one acclaimed article that they co-wrote, "Clawbacks: Prospective Contract Measures in an Era of Excessive Executive Compensation and Ponzi Schemes," 94 Minn. L. Rev. 368 (2009).
"Miriam is a prolific scholar who published four pieces of eligible scholarship," Jones said. "She was not selected because of the number of pieces, however, but because of the quality of her work. Her work, which grapples with the application of traditional legal doctrines to the modern virtual world, is distinguished by her creativity and willingness to employ research methods not typically utilized in legal scholarship."
"The collective quality of Jarrod's work on two pieces of scholarship compelled his selection," said Jones. "His article on international human rights ["Reconstructing the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclones and Separatism," 84 Tul. L. Rev. 219 (2009] is an important article because it responds to a real-life problem, and provides a suggested solution that may ultimately mean the difference between life and death."
Also at the faculty dinner, Principal Assistant Dean for Academic Student Life Tim Naccarato received the Manolakas Award for his many contributions to student academic success. Professor Ed Telfeyan also was recognized as this year's winner of the University's Podesto Award, first bestowed on him in May, as "an outstanding educator who has directly touched and enriched the lives of Pacific students."