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
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."
PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
"Federalism and CERCLA: Re-Thinking the Role of Federal Law in Private
Cleanup Cost Disputes," 32 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY (March 2006)
ASSOCIATE DEAN CHRISTOPHER CAMERON
Interviewed regarding the Delta Airlines bankruptcy on "Marketplace," KPCC
PROFESSOR NORMAN GARLAND
EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE, 3rd ed. - Cumulative Supplement (Lexis Nexis, 2005)
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
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
PROFESSOR EILEEN GAUNA
Member, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (elected to a one-year term)
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
Panelist, The Confrontation Clause After Crawford and The Innocence
Policy Project (as co-chair), ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Fall Meeting, Baltimore,
PROFESSOR BUTLER SHAFFER
• 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
DEAN EMERITUS LEIGH TAYLOR
• 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
PROFESSOR JEFFREY LENKOV
• Featured regarding the establishment of the "Littles in Law" program, California
ABA • American Bar Association
AALS • Association of American Law Schools
LACBA • Los Angeles County Bar Association
NALP • National Association for Law Placement
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