McGeorge names new dean

Michael Hunter Schwartz | Photo credit: Jacob Slaton

SACRAMENTO — A national leader in legal education reform will be the next dean of University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, the university announced Tuesday.

Michael Hunter Schwartz has been dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2013. He will begin his job at McGeorge on July 1.

“Dean Schwartz is a proven leader in legal education and has a strong record for building enrollments, improving bar-passage rates, and enhancing the reputation of law schools,” said Maria Pallavicini, Pacific’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “His experience with academic support and curriculum reform, and his track record for building collaborative relationships with law schools in other countries, will be essential as we continue to strengthen McGeorge for the future.”

Schwartz has served as the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2013.

At the Bowen School of Law, Schwartz extended the school’s reach by organizing its first-ever law school community research summit. The school also hosted the region’s first-ever legal hack-a-thon to develop computer applications and websites to solve legal problems. He also established collaborations with law schools in Taiwan, Poland and Mexico.

Schwartz, who is from Southern California and attended UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco said coming to McGeorge is like a homecoming.

“I am excited that I will be working with the McGeorge faculty and staff and with everyone across Pacific to make McGeorge the law school everyone looks to for the brightest legal minds in the country,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us all.”

Earlier this month, Schwartz was named the ninth most influential person in 2016 by National Jurist Magazine. It’s the third time he’s received that recognition. He was among the top 15 “Most Influential People in Legal Education” in 2014 and 2015, as well.

Under his leadership, the Bowen School of Law won the 2016 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for the school’s comprehensive development professionalism curriculum.

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