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Victor Schwartz Tort Law Chair Established


Cincinnati, OH - The University of Cincinnati College of Law has established the Victor E. Schwartz Chair in Tort Law to be dedicated to teaching and scholarship in the field of torts. The chair is named for renowned Washington DC lawyer and beloved former University of Cincinnati College of Law professor and dean, Victor E. Schwartz, in honor of his career as a teacher, scholar, and practicing attorney in the field of tort law.

Louis D. Bilionis, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law, at the College of Law observed, “Victor was a powerful presence at the College, revered for his passion for teaching, for legal scholarship, and for the well-being of his students. It is only fitting that we establish a chair in his name that recognizes faculty excellence in the field of torts.” Mr. Schwartz has continued his association with the College of Law, serving on the College’s Board of Visitors.

Mr. Schwartz is a partner in the Washington DC office of law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. He chairs its Public Policy Group. The focus of the practice is to integrate litigation, government affair, and public relations, developing public policy issues that will help improve the civil justice system. Mr. Schwartz has an active appellate practice, and advises product manufacturers on liability prevention, litigation, and public relations issues.

Complementing his legal practice, Mr. Schwartz served as chair of the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Product Liability at the Department of Commerce and the Federal Inter-Agency Council on Insurance. He is the principal author of the Uniform Product Liability Act and the Federal Risk Retention Act. He received the Secretary of Commerce’s Award for Professional Excellence for his work.

Attorneys and law students alike recognize him as co-author of “Prosser, Wade & Schwartz’s Torts,” the most widely used casebook in the nation and which is now in its 12th edition. He is also author of the leading text, “Comparative Negligence.” Mr. Schwartz is the author of more than 150 law review articles addressing almost every major aspect of modern tort law and the administration of justice in civil litigation. Indeed, some of his most recent articles have focused on stare decisis in tort law, global warming, the law of public nuisance, and a guide to judges on interpreting consumer protection acts.
Well-known by print and broadcast media, Mr. Schwartz has provided legal analysis and insight for newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, along with appearances on 60 Minutes, Oprah, and network news programs. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including being listed as a Washington DC Super Lawyer for several years, being named one of Washington DC’s Top 30 “Visionary” lawyers of the past 30 years (The Legal Times), and being named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States (the National Law Journal).

Funding the endowment of the Chair was initiated by Mr. Schwartz’s former law students. The long range endowment goal for the Chair is $2,000,000. Interest from that endowment will be used to encourage excellence in the teaching and writing in the subject of tort law. Apart from former students, Mr. Schwartz’s friends, law colleagues and Mr. Schwartz himself have helped contribute to this endowment. Names of contributors will be kept private unless a benefactor wishes to let folks know that his or her name or business helped promote the goals of the Chair.

CORRECTION:  A previous version of this release erroneously reported that a $2 million gift in support of the chair had been made by Mr. Schwartz himself.  That is incorrect and we regret the error and any confusion.