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Bruce Jerome Terris

Bruce Jerome Terris, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1957, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1960. Recipient Conservation Law award National Wildlife Federation, Washington, 1981; honorary fellow, commencement speaker University Pennsylvania Law School, 1977.


  • Terris, Bruce Jerome was born on August 3, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Charles Z. and Ruth (Singer) Terris.

  • Education

    • AB summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1954. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1957. Postgraduate, Georgetown University, 1959.


    • Attorney Internal Security Division Department Justice, Washington, 1957-1958. Assistant to solicitor general Solicitor General' General’ s Office, Department Justice, 1958-1965. Co-chairman National Conference Law and Poverty Office Economic Opportunity, 1965.

      Assistant director National Crime Commission, 1965-1967. Consultant Community Relations Service, 1967. Assistant to vice president Vice President' General’ s Office, 1967-1968.

      Visiting professor law Catholic University American, 1967-1968. Senior attorney Center for Law and Social Policy, 1969-1970. Partner Terris, Pravlik & Millian, since 1970.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1957, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1960.


    • Author: Legal Services for the Elderly, 1972. Contributor articles to professional journals. Article editor Harvard Law Review, 1956-1957.


    Denomination: Judaism


    Chairman District of Columbia Democratic Center Committee, Washington, 1968-1972. Board directors District of Columbia Home Rule Committee, 1968-1974. Secretary District of Columbia Development Corporation, 1974-1977.

    Board directors Council for Public Interest Law, 1976-1981.


    • Married Shirley DuVal, August 1958 (deceased 1976). Married Sally S. Gillespie, September 10, 1977. Children: Sally Phillips, Elizabeth, Jessica Kehimkar, Robert.
    • father: Charles Z. Terris
    • mother: Ruth (Singer) Terris
    • spouses: Shirley DuVal
    • Sally S. Gillespie
    • children: Sally Phillips Terris
    • Elizabeth Terris
    • Jessica Kehimkar Terris
    • Robert Terris
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    Born August 3, 1933