Lara Schwartz teaches Statutory and Regulatory Process at WCL. She has taught Sexual Orientation and the Law and Legal Research and Writing. Lara is also an adjunct professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches writing, and the School of Public Affairs, where she teaches an undergraduate constitutional law course.
In addition to teaching, Lara serves as Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In this role, she focuses on judicial nominations, preserving Americans’ access to our civil justice system, and constitutional interpretation.
She previously worked at Media Matters, where she was Senior Counsel and Director of the Courts Matter project, which debunks right-wing media misinformation about the courts. She was Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization advocating for LGBT equality.
Lara has appeared on national and local television and radio programs including CNN, C-Span’s Washington Journal, the Diane Rehm Show, and the Kojo Nnamdi Show. She has given speeches at universities across the country, participated in panels hosted by the Brookings Institution, the Federalist Society, Concerned Women For America, ACS, and others.
As a ghost writer, Lara wrote and placed op-eds in national publications and local papers of record throughout the country. Her work has been quoted by editorial boards and on broadcast and cable news.
Lara graduated from Brown University in 1993. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-editor in chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, in 1998. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. Lara is training for her third Marine Corps Marathon and preparing to compete in horse trials with her thoroughbred ex-racehorse.