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Lara Schwartz

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Department of Government

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Adjunct professor:  Washington College of Law (Statutory and Regulatory Process; Legal Research and Writing).
    Adjunct professorial lecturer: Department of Literature (College Writing).
  • Lara Schwartz specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. With over a decade as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-eye view to her teaching. Lara is Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Previously she served as Courts Matter director at Media Matters, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, and Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities. Lara practiced securities litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom and Gilbert, Heintz, and Randolph. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Lara has appeared on national and local radio and television programs and written op-eds published in national papers and local papers of record.
  • Degrees

    AB, English and American Literature, Brown University 1993
    JD Harvard Law School 1998
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Quadrangle

    Book Currently Reading:

    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    Languages Spoken:

    English and Legalese
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Teaching

  • Spring 2014

    • LAW-821A Legislation: Statuatory&RegulryPrcss
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Media Appearances

Professional Certifications

  • Member (inactive) of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Fourth Circuits.

Selected Publications

  • “No Forsaking our Core Principles.” Legal Times, May 26, 2008.
  • "Straight Talk about Hate Crimes Bills: Anti-Gay, Anti-Transgender Bias Stalls Federal Hate Crimes Legislation," Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law 7, 2006, p. 171-186.
  • Dozens of ghost-written op eds.

Films/Documentaries

Congressional Testimony

  • House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and District of Columbia. “Ensuring a merit-based employment system: an examination of the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Special Counsel.”  July 12, 2007.