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Southwestern Reporter

November/December 2005


Leading Anti-Death Penalty Lawyer, Stephen Bright, to Deliver Treusch Public Service Lecture

One of the country's leading human rights advocates and an authority on capital punishment and prisoner’s rights, Stephen B. Bright will give the 2006 Paul and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture at Southwestern on February 7 at 12:30 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Bright has served as Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, an Atlanta-based public interest project that provides legal representation to individuals facing the death penalty and to prisoners challenging unconstitutional conditions throughout the South. He has personally represented death row inmates at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings since 1979. In one of his most high-profile cases, Amadeo v. Zant in 1988, he convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the death sentence due to racial discrimination.

An advocate for providing the poor with improved access to lawyers and the legal system, Bright has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the legislatures of Connecticut, Georgia and Texas. He served on an American Bar Association Task Force that made recommendations to Congress for enhanced fairness in the death sentencing process.

A prolific scholar, Bright's articles on criminal justice, corrections and judicial independence have appeared in law journals throughout the country, as well as magazines and newspapers. He has taught courses at Emory, Georgetown, Northeastern, and Florida State universities, and is currently a part-time instructor at Yale and Harvard law schools. Bright has also received numerous awards for his achievements, including the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award, the ACLU's Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty, and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Kutak-Dodds Prize. He received his B.A. in political science and his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky.

Established in 2000 with a gift from 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.


McComb Foundation Establishes Professorship at Southwestern

Southwestern has received a grant from The Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation for $250,000 to establish the Justice Marshall F. McComb Endowed Professorship. This new endowment was created "to help the law school attract and retain outstanding faculty members; provide important recognition and additional financial support for the teaching, scholarship and professional service activities of the recipient; and advance the law school’s ability to realize greater excellence overall in the future."

The criteria for the selection of the McComb Professor will place emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to Southwestern and its students, as well as service to the legal profession. The McComb Professorship will be an honor bestowed on a member of the full-time faculty on an annual basis.

By establishing the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professorship, the McComb Foundation continues to enhance the investment that the late Justice McComb and Mrs. McComb made in Southwestern over 30 years through their donation of the Marshall F. McComb Library, as well as funding for scholarships for members of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, law library support, campus expansion efforts, and other projects and activities at the law school.

A good friend of Southwestern for many years, Justice McComb was a distinguished member of the California judiciary for half a century, serving on the California Supreme Court during the last two decades of his tenure on the bench. Mrs. McComb, a respected member of the Southern California business community, became one of the law school’s most dedicated and tireless advocates.

According to Dean Bryant Garth, "The ability of a law school to provide an effective and inspiring legal education program depends almost exclusively on the quality and dedication of its faculty. This new professorship will help expand Southwestern’s continuing efforts to recruit and support the best legal educators in the country. The Southwestern community will always be extremely grateful to Justice McComb and Mrs. McComb for their tremendous enthusiasm and generosity as steadfast benefactors of the law school for so many years."



• "Federalism and CERCLA: Re-Thinking the Role of Federal Law in Private Cleanup Cost Disputes," 32 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY (March 2006)

• Interviewed regarding the Delta Airlines bankruptcy on "Marketplace," KPCC

• EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE, 3rd ed. - Cumulative Supplement (Lexis Nexis, 2005)

• Presenter, From the Foreign Policy to the Legalization of Foreign Policy, UCLA Law School Faculty Workshop, Los Angeles

• Interviewed regarding Southwestern's Hurricane Katrina efforts, "Talk of the City," KPCC

• Member, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (elected to a one-year term)

• Panelist, The Confrontation Clause After Crawford and The Innocence Policy Project (as co-chair), ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland


• Participant, Freedom Summit Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

• Presenter, The Decline and Fall of the State, The Burton S. Blumert Conference on Gold, Freedom and Peace, San Mateo, California

• Speaker, Boundaries of Order and A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Human Spirit: The Luddites Revisited, Freedom Seminars: Private Property: The Key to Freedom, Portland, Oregon

• Member, Board of Governors, Queen Margaret's School, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (elected to a two-year term)

• Meeting leader, NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education meeting, Washington, D.C. (as chair of the Board of Trustees)

• Participant, NALP Board of Directors meeting, San Francisco


• Featured regarding the establishment of the "Littles in Law" program, California Bar Journal

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