Professorial Lecturer, Department of Government, American University School of Public Affairs

Lara Schwartz specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy.

Drawing on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-eye view to her teaching. Prior to joining the SPA faculty, Lara served as Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Previously she served as Courts Matter director at Media Matters, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, and Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Lara worked in litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom and Gilbert, Heintz, and Randolph. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Lara has appeared on national and local radio and television programs and written op-eds published in national papers and local papers of record.

Experience

  • –present
    Professorial Lecturer, Department of Government, American University