Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

March 01, 2004
Advocate for Children of Imprisoned Mothers to Deliver Annual Treusch Lecture

Attorney Sandra Kay Barnhill, founder and executive director of Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc. (AIM), will speak to Southwestern faculty, students and invited guests at the 2004 Paul E. and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture to be held on March 22, at 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building.

For more than 16 years, Ms. Barnhill has actively worked for the rights of prisoners, their children and other family members. Her Atlanta-based organization, AIM, was created in 1987 to lessen the impact of a mother’s incarceration on family relationships by connecting them to a variety of support services, including after-school and weekend programs and summer camp. The agency also provides transportation for prison visits, emergency aid for families, referrals for mothers and caregivers, and consultation to legislators, judges and other professionals on child custody issues.

In recognition of her pioneering work, Ms. Barnhill was awarded the "Women of Vision Award" by Ms. Magazine, named as "One of Twenty Lawyers Who Make A Difference," by Barrister Magazine, and as "One of Forty Women Under Forty to Watch" by Savvy Magazine.

In addition to her work with AIM, Ms. Barnhill serves on the boards of the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women and the Federal Resource Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents. She is also a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections and a frequent presenter at the annual conference of the Child Welfare League of America.

In Atlanta, Ms. Barnhill serves on the boards of the Feminist Women’s Health Center and Men Stopping Violence. She earned her B.A. degree from Georgia State University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

The annual Treusch Lecture, established in 2000 by Southwestern Professor Paul E. Treusch and his wife Phyllis, features an outstanding speaker who has made a demonstrated and impressive contribution in the public interest.