Stewart J. Schwab

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Stewart J. Schwab


Peter W. Martin

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Video Interview

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From the video archives of the Cornell Law School Heritage Project. The speaker is former Dean Stewart J. Schwab. In these remarks he examines both the distinct advantages of the Cornell Law School and the major challenges confronting the school. The occasion was preparation of a 2006 Heritage Project DVD. The videographer is Michael D'Estries.

Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School faculty since 1983.

A native of North Carolina, he obtained his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Schwab clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Schwab is a leading scholar in economic analysis of law and in employment law. He was a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s recently completed Restatement of Employment Law, and has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the 50 most powerful employment attorneys in America.

He is an editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and a member of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association. Professor Schwab has taught widely in the curriculum, including Torts, Contracts, Corporations, Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Labor Law, Law and Economics, and Whistleblower Law.


Cornell Law School, Law school deans, Law school administration


Legal Education


The initial phase of this project was sponsored by a generous grant from the law firm of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP.