March 6, 2015 – Professor Joanna Schwartz received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award on October 9, 2015. The award represents the highest level of attainment of academic and professional excellence at UCLA and honors individuals who bring integrity and innovation to the art of teaching. Only six such awards are made each year. WATCH THE VIDEO.
Professor Schwartz is an influential teacher of civil procedure and civil rights litigation. She teaches both first-year Civil Procedure and the specialized upper-level Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. Immediately prior to her appointment as professor of law, Professor Schwartz was the Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law. She has taught several courses in UCLA Law’s clinical program, including Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, Fact Investigation and Lawyering Skills. She has served as faculty advisor to the law school’s student-led El Centro Legal Clinics, and she has taught the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy first-year seminar, which is an essential component of the law school’s public interest curriculum. Most recently, Professor Schwartz was instrumental in designing a new groundbreaking first-year law course on the lawyer-client relationship.