June 14, 2010
Ed Telfeyan, '75, became the third consecutive McGeorge professor to win the University of the Pacific's Podesto Award last month, a University-wide award that recognizes one outstanding educator each year who has directly touched and enriched the lives of Pacific students.
Professor Telfeyan teaches in the law school's two-year Global Lawyering Skills program, directs the moot court program and serves as chair of the Legal Writing Institute Committee on Program Standards. He coaches several of the school's intercollegiate moot court teams, practicing often with them on weekends. Telfeyan's invention, "The Grammar Bee," has earned national recognition from legal writing educators, striking a positive tone with students who struggle with the precision language so necessary for the successful practice of law. "Many professionals bemoan the quality of writing skills that students coming into law school bring with them," Telfeyan said. "The 'Grammar Bee' has been very effective and popular with my students."
Professor Thomas Main, one of McGeorge's most popular teachers, won the 2009 award. As one student said in his nomination, "Professor Main represents the best of my educational experience at McGeorge. His class was a joy. Instead of merely talking about how cases were decided, he both showed and taught us how to do legal analysis so that we could argue and decide cases ourselves."
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Julie Davies won the award in 2008 when she was teaching full-time. She is a big proponent of working with students outside the classroom. Professor Davies has served as a faculty advisor to several student groups, including the Public Legal Services Society where she has spearheaded fundraising efforts in support of the organization's annual auction.