Anita Glasco

Professor of Law Emerita

A.B., cum laude, Political Science, 1964, University of Southern California; J.D., 1967, Harvard University; M.C.L., 1970, and Ford Foundation Fellow, 1968-70, University of Chicago; Member, California State Bar

We share the passing of Anita Glasco.  A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 2:00 pm at Harrison and Ross Mortuary in Los Angeles. For more information please send an email to


Always interested in international law, Anita Glasco changed her undergraduate major from bacteriology to political science intending to proceed into the field of law. Later, while pursuing her Master of Comparative Law degree as a Ford Foundation Fellow in the Foreign Law Program, she studied international law in Switzerland and France. She continued to study a variety of legal systems around the world as a professor of law. During her teaching career, Professor Glasco lectured at and served as a consultant to the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, Zhongshan University in the People's Republic of China, and the Moscow Conference on Law and Economic Relations.

"I enjoy communicating with the students and helping them discover and discuss the issues themselves by providing the framework."

Professor Glasco was a practitioner in the Los Angeles law firm of Smith & Glasco and served on the adjunct faculty at Southwestern before joining the full-time faculty in 1972. She taught a variety of international and comparative law courses as well as remedies and legal process. In 1997, Professor Glasco was named as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law and became Professor Emeritus in 1998. Her professional affiliations included the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Legal Exchanges and the California State Bar's International Law Section, as well as the board of directors of the John M. Langston Bar Association. In 2004, she was inducted into the Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles Hall of Fame, and in 2010, she was honored as Outstanding Friend by the Southwestern Alumni Association.

The daughter of parents with over 80 years of combined teaching experience, Professor Glasco believes that one of the most important aspects of teaching is "communicating with the students and helping them discover and discuss the issues themselves by providing the framework."