January 24, 2017
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific is celebrating the announcement of its incoming 10th dean, Michael Hunter Schwartz, who will succeed current dean Francis J. Mootz, III. Dean Schwartz was appointed after a national search, and will begin his role on July 1, 2017.
Schwartz has served as dean and professor of law in the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2013. Previously, he served on the faculties at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina, and at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. When Dean Mootz concludes his five-year contract in June, he will have a sabbatical leave in the fall and then return to faculty in the spring.
"We are pleased that Dean Schwartz is joining McGeorge," said Professor Julie Davies, who served as co-Chair of the dean search committee. "His understanding of legal education is nationally recognized and his expertise about student learning will benefit the law school community."
Dean Schwartz has climbed the National Jurist's list of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education since 2015, and this year he was ranked as ninth by the magazine.
"Dean Schwartz is a prolific scholar with a track record of revitalizing curriculum and supporting law students for success," said Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Colatrella Jr. "His expertise centers on what truly prepares lawyers for what's next."
McGeorge's innovative approach to legal education integrates the study and analysis of the law with a combination of professional and globally focused opportunities few law schools can match. It's the best possible preparation for a profession that is highly customized, proactive, interdisciplinary and ever-evolving.