August 1, 2018
University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz was selected to join the inaugural class of CLEO EDGE Honorees for his outstanding contributions in the field of Education. The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO), the longest-serving national organization committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession via legal education, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year by honoring individuals and organizations that have contributed to Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality in the legal profession. He was selected from over 200 nominees to receive one of only 50 awards in the Education category.
Schwartz joined McGeorge as the 10th dean on July 1, 2017. He previously served as the dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. During his tenure there, the law school overhauled its curriculum, greatly expanded its support for student success and bar pass, and created a cutting-edge student mentoring program that received the American Bar Association's prestigious Gambrell Professionalism Award. Schwartz climbed the National Jurist's list of the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education for three years, and he was ranked ninth the last time the list was published in 2017. He has written extensively on teaching law, including What the Best Law Teachers Do, published by Harvard University Press.
The CLEO EDGE Awards will be presented during the 50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz!