Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny '79 to Speak at Southwestern February 23, 2010
State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny '79 to Speak at Southwestern

California State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny '79 will deliver the Paul and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture at Southwestern on Thursday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. She will speak about how her legal education and private law practice experience have helped guide her in public policy debates, as well as key aspects of her position as a state senator including areas of budget, water, and Tribal Government relations. This will be the first of two Treusch Public Service Lectures presented at Southwestern this Spring.
Senator Ducheny has served in the California State Senate since November 2002, representing the 40th District, which includes Imperial County and portions of San Diego and Riverside Counties. Senator Ducheny chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation and the Colorado River. She is a member of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, the Select Committee on State School Facilities and the Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation and Classification. She is also Chair of the Border Legislative Conference, a bi-national forum of state legislators from the 10 U.S.-Mexico Border States sponsored by the Council of State Governments and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

According to Dean Bryant Garth, "Senator Ducheny, one of our most accomplished graduates, truly embodies the commitment to public service that the Treusch lectureship seeks to recognize and inspire." Established in 2000 with a gift from the late Professor Paul Treusch and his wife Phyllis, the Treusch Public Service Lecture series brings national leaders in the public interest field to campus to share their unique experiences and insights with the Southwestern community.

Prior to her election to the California State Senate, Senator Ducheny served in the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000 and on the San Diego Community College Board from 1990 to 1994. While in the Assembly, she served as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee between 1997 and 2000, and as Vice-Chair in 1996. As an Assemblywoman, she was the first San Diegan, first woman, and first Latino ever to be appointed to this powerful position overseeing the state's $100 billion spending plan. As a legislator, she also served as Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Welfare Reform, as Vice-Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus.

Throughout her career in the Senate, Senator Ducheny has continued to be a strong advocate for jobs, education and housing. Among her most significant legislative accomplishments in the Senate are the Workforce Investment Act Strategic Plan, the Geothermal Development bill, the Waste Tire Clean-Up Act, the Farm Worker Housing Act, and the Salton Sea Restoration Act.

The Treusch Lecture will be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building. Attendance is free. Parking is available for $6 and a map and directions may be found online.

Please note: The second Treusch Lecture will feature Professor Noah R. Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School on April 21. Details will be forthcoming.