Outstanding Faculty Service - Teddy Delorenzo

Teddy DelorenzoPolitical Science Professor Teddy DeLorenzo is a professor, advisor, and faculty mentor. She has guided students over a 30-year span through her infamous legal research and writing class, into service to the community, and often, into the legal profession. She is viewed as being tough but fair in the classroom and an inspiration to those who see her dedication to CLIC and the surrounding community.

Teddy began teaching at CSU, Chico in 1982 and later assumed responsibility at the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) as a new faculty member. Since then, her tireless contribution to CLIC as directing attorney has made her the force behind its success.  

CLIC provides a unique civic engagement program designed to serve the legal service needs of Northern California. It was established as a small three-program law clinic by Professor Emeritus Edward Bronson to help low income or unrepresented members of our community with legal issues.   

CLIC is now a 12-program, on-campus law clinic staffed by up to 125 undergraduate students each semester. And CLIC is one of the most, if not the most, extensive undergraduate legal clinics in the nation. The community outreach and service hours from CLIC average 23,000 a year, with an annual client base of 12,000.

As a new faculty member, Teddy met the challenge of supervising CLIC head-on, and under her supervision, CLIC has expanded to include 12 individual law programs that assist clients with various legal issues. Throughout Teddy’s time at Chico State, CLIC students under her direct or indirect supervision have provided free legal information to well over 200,000 clients and provided over 400,000 hours of service to the University and Chico communities.

Teddy has also been responsible for forging a collaborative relationship with Associated Students (AS) and sits on the Board of Directors. “Teddy’s role on the Board of Directors has been significant,” said AS Executive Director David Buckley. “She has a fiduciary responsibility to the corporation; she’s a representative of the University, a professional, and most importantly, an educator. She cares deeply about our campus, and her service to the AS is but one example of her commitment to community.”

In addition to being responsible for CLIC, Teddy has been an active member of the California State Bar for 30 years and has sat on many department, college, and university committees. She has been a guiding influence on the Legal Studies Program in the Department of Political Science as advisor and is currently the legal studies internship coordinator. She has been responsible for placing hundreds of student interns at CLIC and other public and private law offices in the local community.