Legal education is a passion for many University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law alumni. Through teaching, scholarship, and mentorship, McGeorge alumni make invaluable contributions to the legal community.

McGeorge alumni have extended their influence and expertise to law schools spanning across an array of eight U.S. states: California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. From coast to coast, McGeorge alumni in academia are imparting their legal knowledge and shaping the future of the legal education.

Their collective contributions to teaching and legal scholarship serve as a testament to the enduring legacy of McGeorge’s commitment to excellence in legal education.

McGeorge alumni that serve as full-time faculty at law schools across the country include:

Ed Telfeyan, ’75

Ed Telfeyan, ’75, has taught in the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law legal writing program since 2000, has been a Professor of Lawyering Skills since 2009, and has been the director of the McGeorge Moot Court Program since 2003. Under his direction, the moot court program has become nationally recognized with numerous awards in moot court competitions in state-wide, national, and international competitions.

Telfeyan is widely recognized as a leading voice among legal writing professors. He is a co-author and principal editor of the textbook, “Global Lawyering Skills,” that is used at McGeorge and at several other law schools and has compiled a casebook for his Criminal Law Defenses elective.

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Sharon K. Sandeen, ’85

Sharon K. Sandeen, ’85, is the director of the Intellectual Property Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Sandeen teaches courses in Intellectual Property, including Trade Secret, Trademark, and Copyright Law, as well as Computer and Internet Law.

Sandeen’s research in intellectual property law is exceptional. She has published 23 articles, 11 book chapters, and six books. One of those books is the only casebook in the United States on Trade Secret Law.

Dr. Clay Calvert, ‘91

Dr. Clay Calvert, ‘91, is a professor at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He is also the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. He teaches classes in both colleges, to undergraduate students and law students.

As the director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, Calvert researches and comments on emerging issues in freedom of expression law. Through the project, Calvert has provided his expert commentary to media and written scholarly articles and law journal articles on freedom of expression issues.

Kim Peterson, ’91

Kim Peterson, ’91, is the co-director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and a member of the legal writing faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She also directs the University of Wisconsin’s Mock Trial program. Peterson teaches Evidence, Legal Research and Writing, as well as Trial Advocacy.

Mike Mireles, ’98 

Mike Mireles, ’98, has taught more than 12 different courses at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and currently teaches Intellectual Property Law, Property, Wills & Trusts, and Cybersecurity Law, and is also Director of the Intellectual Property Concentration. His research concerns intellectual property, university technology transfer, and cybersecurity. He has recently given presentations related to access to and protection of medicines and technology at numerous institutions.

He has also co-authored an intellectual property casebook supplement, a cybersecurity law casebook in its second edition and two cybersecurity law hornbooks with West Academic.

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Dr. Carlo Pedrioli, ’02

Dr. Carlo Pedrioli, ’02, is a professor of law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He found his calling in teaching and has been a law professor at various schools in the United States and the United Kingdom for the last 15 years.

Pedrioli has taught a variety of classes, especially in the area of public law. His courses have included Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Constitutional Law, Creating the Constitution, Constitutional Theory, Administrative Law, and Public International Law.

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Lindsay Harrington, ’03

Lindsay Harrington, ’03, is the director of bar support and an assistant professor of law, legal practice at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Harrington leads the bar support team of full-time and adjunct faculty who deliver the Practical Analysis, Strategies, & Skills (PASS) and Bar Exam Attack Track (BEAT) program courses. She offers students individualized bar support counseling, with a focus on mindset and wellness.

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Shakira Pleasant, ‘04

Shakira Pleasant, ‘04, is the director of the Legal Writing Resource Center at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. She is the first Person of Color to lead the program since its inception. As Pleasant explains, the Center is designed to offer supplemental writing support to students, not only in their classes, but in all writing assignments — everything from writing samples to writing competitions.

Pleasant also teaches a writing class and engages in coaching sessions with students. She has built a team of attorneys and scholars with PhDs who work at the Center and share her vision for the program.

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Colleen Truden, LLM ’04

Colleen Truden, LLM ’04, is the director of the Externship Program and a lecturer in law. She joined the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law faculty in 2006. Her legal career spans more than 30 years during which time she had a robust civil litigation practice, clerked for federal and state court judges, served as a municipal court judge, worked as staff counsel for a state agency, and as the district attorney for her jurisdiction.

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Antonia Miceli, ’06

Antonia Miceli, ’06, is a professor and the director of academic and bar exam success at St. Louis University School of Law. She teaches courses on Introduction to Legal Studies and Teaching Fellows, Legal Methods, Advanced Legal Methodology, and Advanced Legal Analysis and Strategies.

Dan Croxall, ’08

Dan Croxall, ’08, joined the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law faculty in 2015. He created and teaches the world’s first Craft Beer Law class at a law school. Aside from Craft Beer Law, Professor Croxall teaches Civil Procedure, Global Lawyering Skills I and II, Professional Responsibility, the Legal Profession, and Political Science 175 on the University of the Pacific’s undergraduate campus in Stockton. Croxall became the director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program in 2022, which is a highly selective pre-law professional program.

Croxall is the leading legal scholar on laws and regulations that impact the craft beer industry specifically and the alcoholic beverage industry generally and is nearly finished with the first craft beer law textbook (Carolina Academic Press) for use in law schools and for craft breweries. In April 2021, he organized and hosted the world’s first law review symposium focused on craft beer law, which included scholars and practitioners from around the country.

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Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.  

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.