Michael Schwartz, Ph.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Disability Rights Clinic
College of Law
Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer, is an associate professor and director of the Disability Rights Clinic, the law school's civil rights clinic for people with disabilities. Formerly a University Fellow, Schwartz holds five degrees, including a Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in Education with a concentration in Disability Studies. His dissertation was a qualitative study of deaf patients in the medical setting. He came to Syracuse from a four-year teaching stint at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.
Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Northwestern University, a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law, a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University School of Law, and a Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University. Schwartz has been an actor with the National Theater of the Deaf; a law clerk to a federal district court judge; Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice; a solo practitioner; and Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law.