Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Treusch Public Service Lecture

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.

2012 Treusch Public Service Lecture

Juvenile-in-Justice with special guest
Documentary Photographer Richard Ross

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Juvenile-in-Justice, a collection of photographs and interviews taken over the past five years by Richard Ross, has had great impact on youth justice system reform as it gives an inside view of youth who are in the detention or correctional facilities throughout the United States. All Southwestern students are encouraged to learn more about the project and gain an understanding of the lives and treatment of juvenile offenders.


About the Treusch Public Service Lecture

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.

In establishing the special lecture program, Professor Treusch said, "We believe efforts like this are much needed now, when our profession has been challenged to justify its ethical base. We want to stress to our students that the practice of law is not just a money-making venture, but a profession and a service."

"At Southwestern," Professor Treusch said, "we encourage our students to elect careers in public interest, or as an alternative, dedicate a part of their practice to public service. Phyllis and I hope this lecture will further encourage them."

Professor Treusch was a veteran of more than three decades of service in the public interest and a nationally recognized expert in tax law. Joining the IRS in the last days of President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, Professor Treusch served in four of eight of the agency’s legal divisions prior to his elevation to Assistant Chief Counsel in charge of technical aspects of civil litigation nationwide, a post he held through several administrations.

In 1970, Professor Treusch retired from government service, first to private practice and then to academia full time. He was a Professor Emeritus at both Howard and Boston Universities and also taught for many years at George Washington University Law Center where he helped recast its graduate program in taxation. He served on the Southwestern faculty from 1979 to 2004. Professor Treusch passed away in 2006 at the age of 95.

Mrs. Treusch, a psychiatric social worker, devoted her career to improving relationships between individuals, their families, and the community. Together, Paul and Phyllis Treusch championed numerous efforts on behalf of the public interest.