Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman to Deliver Treusch Public Service Lecture April 02, 2010
Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman to Deliver Treusch Public Service Lecture

Noah R. Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the Paul and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture at Southwestern on Wednesday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. with a speech entitled "What Crime did the Nazis Commit? Nuremberg and the Rule of Law."    
Professor Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory. As Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, he is also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before joining the Harvard faculty, Professor Feldman was Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005. In 2004, he was a visiting professor at Yale Law School and a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. In 2003, he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution.  From 1999 to 2002, he was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Before that he served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998 to 1999) and to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1997 to 1998).

He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. in Islamic Thought from Oxford University in 1994. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is the author of four books: The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2008); Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press 2004); and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003). He is currently working on his fifth book, Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Justices, to be published by Twelve Books in November 2010.

The Paul E. and Phyllis 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. The late Paul E. Treusch, a member of the Southwestern faculty from 1979 to 2004, and his wife Phyllis established the Treusch Public Service Lecture series at Southwestern in 2000 as an expression of their lifelong commitment to public service and abiding concern for legal education.

The Treusch Lecture will be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $6 and a map and directions may be found online.