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AU Washington College of Law Professor Herman Schwartz Given 2006 Champion of Justice Award from Alliance for Justice


Contact: AU WCL Public Relations, 202-274-4279

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2006) – American University Washington College of Law Professor Herman Schwartz was recipient of the prestigious 2006 Champion of Justice Award from the Alliance for Justice. He was introduced by Claudio Grossman, dean of the Washington College of Law, at a May 16 luncheon at the Capital Hilton in Northwest D.C.

According to the Alliance For Justice, Schwartz “has been a leading advocate for civil liberties and human rights, working with law students and training lawyers. Professor Schwartz is a rare combination of an outstanding law professor and legal activist both nationally and internationally.”

The theme of the 2006 luncheon was “Justice First!” Master of Ceremonies was Eleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek magazine and panelist on NBC’s The McLaughlin Group.

Herman Schwartz is professor of law at AU Washington College of Law. He holds expertise in Constitutional Law; Supreme Court and federal court appointments and decisions; human rights; legal and constitutional reform in Eastern Europe; prison reform; international prison conditions; civil rights and liberties. He is author or editor of many books and publications, notably, Right Wing Justice: The Conservative Campaign to Take Over the Courts (The Nation Press, 2004) and The Struggle for Constitutional Justice in Post-Communist Europe (University of Chicago Press, July 2000). He edited and contributed to The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right (Hill & Wang 2002). In his career, Schwartz served as a mediator in the 1971 Attica prison uprising, he assisted in writing new constitutions for nations of the former Soviet bloc, and he served as an expert on the limits of electronic surveillance. He also established a training program for Israeli lawyers that revolutionized civil liberties in Israel.

For details on the award, or to arrange for an interview, contact the Office of Public Relations, 202-274-4279.


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