McGeorge School of Law

Faculty Honors & Awards

McGeorge faculty are often recognized for their scholarly service to the profession and communities around the globe. The following awards highlight a commitment to excellence and honors received from internal and external peers and well-regarded associations and organizations.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children — William Friedrich Memorial Award
  • 2009 — John Myers
Christine Manolakas Extraordinary Contribution Award

The Christine Manolakas Extraordinary Contribution Award is presented to a full-time member of the McGeorge Faculty who has made an extraordinary contribution to the law school during the past year. It was established in appreciation of Professor Manolakas’ own dedicated commitment to McGeorge.

  • 2019 — Michael Colatrella
  • 2018 — Rachael Salcido
  • 2017 — Dorothy Landsberg
  • 2016 — John Sprankling
  • 2015 — Tracy Simmons
  • 2014 — Leslie Jacobs
  • 2013 — Julie Davies
  • 2012 — Larry Levine
  • 2011 — Mathew Downs
  • 2011 — David Lambertson
  • 2010 — Tim Naccarato
  • 2009 — Mary-Beth Moylan
  • 2009 — Stephanie Thompson
  • 2008 — Christine Manolakas
Distinguished Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law and Diplomacy
  • 2018 — Stephen McCaffrey
Francis J. Mootz Faculty Book Award

The Francis J. Mootz III Faculty Book Award was established to recognize scholarly excellence and in appreciation of the dedicated service provided by Dean Mootz to McGeorge School of Law as its ninth dean from to 2012-2017.

  • 2019 — Frank Gevurtz
  • 2018 — Brian Slocum
  • 2018 — Mike Vitiello
Hether Macfarlane Teaching Innovation Award
  • 2019 — Stephanie Thompson
  • 2018 — Jennifer Harder
John G. Sprankling Faculty Scholarship Award

The John G. Sprankling Faculty Scholarship Award was established in appreciation of Professor Sprankling's dedicated service to McGeorge as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000 to 2005 and his steadfast commitment and contribution to legal scholarship. The John G. Sprankling Faculty Scholarship Award is conferred upon the tenured or tenure-track member of the McGeorge faculty who has made a significant contribution to legal scholarship in published work, or works, during one academic year.

  • 2019 — July Davies
  • 2018 — Leslie Gielow Jacobs
  • 2017 — Courtney Lee
  • 2016 — Rachael Salcido and Brian Slocum
  • 2015 — Michael Colatrella
  • 2013 — Kojo Yelpaala
  • 2012 — Frank Gevurtz, Brian Slocum (co-winners)
  • 2011 — Thom Main
  • 2010 — Miriam Cherry, Jarrod Wong (co-winners)
  • 2009 — Emily Garcia Uhrig
  • 2008 — Julie Davies
  • 2007 — Brian Landsberg
  • 2006 — Thom Main
  • 2005 — John Sprankling
Julie Davies Professor of the Year Award

The Julie Davies Professor of the Year Award is conferred based on a vote by the students. It was established in appreciation for Professor Davies’ dedicated service to McGeorge as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009 to 2013, and her steadfast commitment to outstanding teaching, learning, and assessment.

  • 2019 — Dan Croxall
  • 2019 — John Myers
  • 2018 — John Myers
  • 2017 — John Sprankling
  • 2017 — Cary Bricker
  • 2017 — John Sims
  • 2016 — Larry Levine
  • 2016 — John Myers
  • 2015 — Linda Carter
  • 2015 — Christine Manolakas
  • 2015 — John Myers
  • 2014 — John Myers
  • 2014 — Michael Malloy
  • 2014 — Brian Slocum
  • 2013 — Brian Slocum
  • 2013 — Larry Levine
  • 2012 — John Sprankling
  • 2012 — Cary Bricker
  • 2011 — Thom Main
  • 2010 — Thom Main
  • 2010 — John Myers
  • 2009 — Greg Pingree
  • 2008 — Linda Carter
  • 2008 — Greg Pingree
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office Outstanding Service Commendation
  • 2017 — John Myers
Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 
  • 2017 — Stephen McCaffrey
University of the Pacific Podesto Award

The Podesto Award is one of the Faith Davies All University Leadership Awards given each year by the University of the Pacific. The Podesto Award recognizes outstanding educators who directly touch and enrich the lives of Pacific students.

  • 2012 — Courtney Lee
  • 2011 — Linda Carter
  • 2010 — Ed Telfeyan, '75
  • 2009 — Thom Main
  • 2008 — Julie Davies