|Access to justice has been a career-long pursuit for Mr. Tushaus, who for 14 years worked as attorney and managing attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri where he handled government benefits, health care, consumer problems, domestic violence, disability issues and farming cases. Awards include a 1995 Missouri Health Law Advocacy Award for state-wide work toward consumer protections. Mr. Tushaus became a professor in 1999 and chairperson of the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work in 2005 at Missouri Western State University, where he developed service learning approaches to teaching legal research, legal drafting and election law. He received the Missouri Award for Excellence in Education in 2011 and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2009. Publications include articles on service learning and criminal justice topics. He received the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence in 2011 for an article co-authored with several others, “An examination of contextual and police training influencing police use of force.” He earned a J.D. and M.A. in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Outside interests include travel, food from different cultures, bicycling, hiking, music, books, plays and movies.
Mr. Tushaus’s Fulbright research project, “Access to Justice: A Comparative Study,” focuses on access to justice in India and the U.S. Working with Banares Hindu University’s legal clinic and possibly elsewhere, Mr. Tushaus will evaluate the low-income population’s legal problems, how the legal service system assists them and how that assistance helps them, including their satisfaction with the assistance. Methodology will include quantitative and qualitative data from surveys and interviews of clients, students and staff. He will also teach a course, Civil Rights and Due Process: A Service Learning Approach, covering human rights issues in the U.S., including imprisonment of the innocent and the effects of imposing government liability to protect civil rights.