University of Pittsburgh
March 17, 2011

A Call to End Child Abuse in Three Generations Is Subject of Rubash Distinguished Lecture at Pitt March 22


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—Victor Vieth, a national expert on child abuse prevention, will deliver a free public lecture titled “Unto a Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in Three Generations,” from noon to 2 p.m. March 22, in the Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, Barco Law Building, 4900 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 

The talk is part of the Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series in Law and Social Work. 

Vieth is director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state-of-the-art training complex at Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota. The NCPTC houses five moot courtrooms, four forensic interview rooms, and a “mock house” in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from across 50 states and around the world. He and his staff provide intensive instruction for professionals and students in the field on how to better recognize and respond to children who are being abused. 

Vieth, who gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in rural Minnesota communities when he was a prosecutor, has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.” 

Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his JD degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. While studying there, he received the American Jurisprudence Award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review

Vieth has published numerous articles related to the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of child abuse and neglect, including a paper titled “Unto the Third Generation,” a bold initiative that outlines the steps necessary to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations. 

The Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through gifts from Norman J. Rubash, a 1957 graduate of Pitt’s School of Law, and his wife, Alice Chapman Rubash, a 1956 graduate of Pitt’s School of Social Work. Each year a distinguished individual in these fields is invited to Pitt to present a public lecture.

The lecture is approved for two hours of continuing legal education credit. For more information, call 412-624-5176.