May 22, 2019
Law professor Julie Davies was recognized during the all-university Commencement on May 11 with the Order of Pacific, the university’s highest award. The award is given to faculty, staff, administrators or regents who have served with distinction and made outstanding contributions to the university over a significant number of years.
Professor Davies has given exceptional service to the university, to her students and colleagues, the community and her profession over her nearly 35 years at Pacific. She joined the faculty of McGeorge School of Law in 1984 and, in addition to her teaching role, has served in many capacities, including four years as associate dean for academic affairs and five years as director of the McGeorge Inter-American summer program in Guatemala.
An expert in torts law, her teaching and extensive scholarship also encompasses civil rights and animal law and, most recently, customary and indigenous law, in particular Africa and Latin America. Her numerous publications include the book “Global Issues in Torts Law” and the article “Federal Civil Rights Practice in the 1990's: The Dichotomy Between Reality and Theory,” which has been cited more than 50 times and included in the casebook “Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law.” She was recognized in 2013 for her scholarship with McGeorge’s John G. Sprankling Faculty Scholarship Award.
Davies is also a beloved teacher and mentor and has shepherded thousands of students through the rigors of law school. She served as an adviser to three of the school’s most active student organizations: the Public Legal Services Society, the Women’s Caucus and the Yoga Club. She twice has been recognized for her leadership and mentoring of students at the Faith Davies all-university leadership awards: in 2008 with the Podesto Award for excellence in teaching, mentoring and counseling, and in 2018 with the Outstanding Student Organization Adviser Award. She also supervised law students for four years in the law school's Community Legal Services Clinic. Recently, she worked with the Latino Law Students organization to raise money to endow a scholarship for an indigenous student in Guatemala and partnered with a Mexican university facilitate bringing their students to McGeorge for a summer program.
Davies has served on and chaired countless university committees, including the search committees for the McGeorge dean and the vice provost for faculty affairs, and the university committee on the Status of Women, among others. In 2013, she was recognized with the Manolakas Award for Outstanding Service to the Law School. In addition, she has served as a member of several re-accreditation teams as a representative of the American Association of Law Schools and is a member of the American Law Institute.
Davies is a shining example of the Pacific spirit whose unwavering commitment and dedication to her profession, the university, her colleagues and especially her students have had a profound and enduring impact on the institution and all those she has touched over the past 35 years.