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Interim Provost Bio

Michael Hunter Schwartz

Michael Hunter Schwartz is the interim provost at University of the Pacific. He joined Pacific on July 1, 2017 as the10th dean of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Schwartz is the author of seven books (three of which come with lengthy teacher's manuals), seven law review papers, three book chapters, and eight shorter works addressing a wide variety of teaching, learning and curriculum design topics. Schwartz's books include What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013) and a contracts textbook, Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook (2d ed. 2015), which was the first book in a textbook series he designed (and now edits).

Schwartz has delivered more than 200 professional presentations about teaching and learning in law school. He is the chair of the Section on Socio-Economics of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and a member of the AALS Membership Review Committee (which reviews law school applications for membership in the Association and approves sabbatical site evaluation reports on member law schools).  He is a former chair of the AALS Sections on Deans, Teaching Methods, and Balance in Legal Education. Schwartz is a Consultant to the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, and he is a member of the board of advisors for a national legal publisher and two peer-reviewed law reviews. In January 2017, National Jurist Magazine named Schwartz the 9th Most Influential Person in Legal Education, the third year in a row he was ranked among the top 15 in the nation. Schwartz's Contracts course was selected by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System as "an innovative course that reflects exemplary innovative teaching," and Schwartz was recently named one of 30 Honorees for a Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Edge Award in the Education category.

July 2019