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Law School Icon, Dies at 89 (continued)
also set an example for students that some still remember to this day.
Tom Moorhead L’59 was in Schwartz’ first-year criminal law
class. One day he and three classmates went to Philadelphia City Council
chambers to hear Schwartz testify against an ordinance that would have
required people with criminal records to register when they came to Philadelphia.
Schwartz didn’t show. Disappointed, Moorhead called Schwartz at
home. Schwartz, still in bed, told Moorhead there was no use testifying
because the bill would pass no matter what he said. Moorhead told him
he and the other students counted on him coming.
Twenty minutes later, Moorhead recalled, the doors flew open and in strode
Schwartz, whose testimony derailed the bill. “We learned that one
person can make a difference, and it was a pretty powerful lesson for
a first-year law student,” said Moorhead, deputy under secretary
for International Labor Affairs in the Bush administration.
Intense and pedantic in the classroom, Schwartz also had a lighter side.
Schwartz enjoyed a spirited game of squash with faculty and liked to entertain
in his rambling art-filled Victorian home near Penn’s campus. Visiting
faculty, students and other people from all over the globe were always
His zest for life also shines through in his book Studying Law for Fun
and Profit, whose cover sports the motto “To Be Only A Lawyer Is
To Be Half A Lawyer.” Tellingly, his book explores the charms of
Philadelphia in depth. Emeritus Professor Ralph Spritzer, now at Arizona
State University’s College of Law, said when he joined the faculty
in 1968, Mr. Schwartz drove him around Philadelphia for two hours. “Lou’s
tour of the city was a staple. (He) provided this to all newcomers. He
knew every nook and cranny,” Spritzer said.
Although Schwartz was a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge
and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies at London University, and
recruited by Harvard, he never strayed from Penn until after he retired.
Schwartz finished his career at the University of California Hastings
College of Law – where he taught until age 83 - but his love affair
with Penn and Philadelphia endured.
“He was devoted to this place … I’m sure it was hard
for him to leave, Curtis Reitz said.
Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Mimi, and Johanna and Victoria Schwartz,
daughters by his first wife, Berta Wilson.