Admitted to the bars of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and
Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme
Court. Professor Schwartz was managing attorney of the Research and Appeals Bureau of
Westchester (NY) Legal Services and argued three cases in that capacity before the United
States Supreme Court. Publishing widely on civil rights issues, he is the author of a
semi-monthly column in the New York Law Journal, on public interest law; author of a
multi-volume treatise on Section 1983 civil rights litigation, titled Section 1983
Litigation: Claims and Defenses (Aspen, 4th ed., 2007); author of Section 1983
Litigation: Federal Evidence (Aspen, 4th ed., 2007); and co-author of Section 1983
Litigation: Jury Instructions (Aspen 2009). Professor Schwartz is chair of the Practising
Law Institute’s annual program on Section 1983 litigation and Trial Evidence Programs and
he is the co-chair of its annual Supreme Court Review. He has written a monograph on
Section 1983 Litigation for the Federal Judicial Center and has participated in the New
York Judicial Institute Training Program for state court judges. Professor Schwartz has
also written numerous articles on section 1983 litigation. 



Qualified Immunity Developments: Not Much Hope Left for Plaintiffs (with Karen Blum and Erwin Chemerinsky), 29 Touro L. Rev. 633 (2013)


Supreme Court Fortifies Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers in Warrant Cases, 27 Mun. Law. 40 (2013)

This article analyzes the significance of the United States Supreme Court decision in Messerschmidt v....



Supreme Court Holds Grand Jury Witnesses Absolutely Immune from § 1983 Liability, 27 Mun. Law. 5 (2013)

This article discusses the Supreme Court's ruling in Rehberg v. Paulk, 132 S. Ct. 1497...



Impeachment Methods Illustrated: Movies, Novels, and High Profile Cases (with John Nicodemo), 28 Touro L. Rev. 55 (2012)


Municipal Liability and Liability of Supervisors: Litigation Significance of Recent Trends and Developments (with Karen Blum, Celeste Koeleveld, and Joel B. Rudin), 29 Touro L. Rev. 93 (2012)

"The purpose of this presentation is to examine two recent Supreme Court decisions, Connick v....




Trial Evidence Brought to Life: Illustrations from Famous Trials, Film and Fiction, Practising Law Institute (2015)

This book is a guide to the law of evidence that utilizes evidentiary examples from...