An Interview with Professor David Schwartz

Professor David Schwartz

"Did my students get the chance
to feel like lawyers today?"

Q. Do you have any advice for an incoming 1L?
Find your inner lawyer. That is, find ways to resist feeling like a student in the back (or the front) of the classroom, and to discover and develop your latent professional identity. Try classes and other law school experiences that involve simulated or real law practice opportunities.

How does the Law School's law-in-action approach influence your research or your teaching?
Examining how our legal institutions actually work in the real world provides a needed reality check for legal theories.

How will a UW Law School student get to know you?
Take a class with me!

What do you study and why is your work important?
I study Constitutional law, civil rights and the rules of litigation (civil procedure, evidence and arbitration.) It's important to understand both the strengths and the limitations of our court system's ability to protect our individual rights and democratic institutions.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
I started playing ice hockey three years ago (co-ed, no-checking), and that has become my recreational passion.

Where do you take visitors when they come to Madison?
The Greenbush Bar – Madison's best, hard-to-find restaurant. Great pizza and antipasto.

If you could choose one person (living or dead) to take to lunch, who would it be?
My mom. It would be nice to speak with her again.

What do you like best about living in Madison?
It has small city ambience with big city sophistication. And the Willy Street Co-op.

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