Justin Schwartz

Justin Schwartz
Justin Schwartz - Anti-Racism and Anti-Defmation Alliances

Justin Schwartz – Anti-Racism and Anti-Defmation Alliances


LAW OFFICE OF JUSTIN SCHWARTZ, Solo Practice, 2012-present

  • Represented and advised clients in criminal defense, civil rights, clemency and record-clearing, employment and employment discrimination law, housing discrimination, insurance and personal injury matters, landlord-tenant disputes, child support, criminal and civil appeals
  • Won substantial settlements, six-figure judgments, excellent results in criminal cases, including outright dismissals leading to civil rights lawsuits
  • Represented pro bono client in clemency petition matter

THE JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL, Assistant Professor of Law, 2006-12

  • Represented client in pro bono habeas case in federal and state court, won discovery motions and right to appeal
  • Represented pro bono client before Illinois Prisoner Rev. Bd., won client’s freedom after 31 years of 300 year sentence
  • Taught White Collar Crime, Federal Criminal Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination
  • Published articles in major law reviews cited by courts , http://ssrn.com/abstract=2258064

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. COLLEGE OF LAW, Affiliate Professor of Law, Win. 2011

  • Taught Federal Criminal Law

KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP, Litigation Associate, 2004-06

  • Coauthored brief to state appeals and Illinois Supreme Courts appealing denial of postconviction relief
  • Wrote cert petition to U.S. Supreme Court in habeas corpus case
  • Drafted Answer and part of Motion to Dismiss for auto trade association in environmental case against State
  • Drafted mediation brief, Motion to Compel Arbitration in $2 million case for REIT
  • Assisted in document collection and review and witness interviews in federal investigation of major auto parts suppliers. Wrote memoranda on intersection of bankruptcy and criminal law
  • Drafted motions on expert evidence in airline company bankruptcy and in class action against oil company
  • Researched and drafted factual part of preemption motion in toxic tort class action for major oil company
  • Represented large agricultural client in FCT investigation

McGUIREWOODS LLP, Litigation Associate, 2004

  • Presented oral argument to Seventh Circuit as lead counsel in pro bono federal habeas corpus case. Managed complex discovery motion in pro bono state postconviction case
  • Wrote response to summary judgment motion in patent case
  • Briefed appeals in Pardon Clause case to Seventh Circuit

JONES DAY, Litigation Associate, 2002-04

  • Drafted motion to dismiss in novel Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower case (a matter of first impression), resulting in dismissal of several claims against client
  • Drafted part of summary judgment motion in multi-billion dollar antitrust case, defeating Sherman Act claims
  • Drafted detailed advisory memorandum to municipal client in complex civil rights class action
  • Wrote client memorandum opposing enforcement of judgment under state law.
  • Wrote memorandum on standing and injunctions for motion to dismiss in patent/antitrust case
  • Wrote Amicus brief for ACLU in pro bono school desegregation case (client’s position vindicated)
  • Drafted habeas corpus petitions in two complex pro bono cases. Won Certificate of Appealability from Seventh Circuit, briefed appeal to Seventh Circuit. Argued groundbreaking pro bono habeas discovery case to federal District Court as lead counsel


U.S. DISTRICT COURT, N. D. ILLINOIS: Judge Elaine E. Bucklo, 1999-02

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, SEVENTH CIRCUIT: Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, 1999;

Judge Walter J. Cummings, 1998-99



  • Class rank: 3/227; Numerical Average: 96.8/100; GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • Ohio State Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • Honors: Order of the Coif — Outstanding Achievement Award — ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in Employment and Labor Law — OSU Scholarship in Law — 1997-98 Best Brief (of 230), Appellate Advocacy
  • CALI Awards: 14th Amendment — Labor Law; Employment Law — White Collar Crime — Legal Theory — Justice — Federal Courts Corpus Juris Secundum Awards: Criminal Law — Torts — John E. Hallen Mem. Award: Torts
  • Public Interest Law Foundation, 1995-96

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ph.D., Philosophy and Political Science, M.A. Philosophy

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, M.Phil, History and Philosophy of Science

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, A.B. cum laude, Philosophy


  • Voice Without Say: Why Capital-Managed Firms Aren’t (Genuinely) Participatory, 18 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 960 (2013)
  • Neoliberalism and the Law: Reassessing Historical Materialist Analysis of the Law for the 21st Century, 22 New Lab. Forum 71 (2013)
  • Where Did Mill Go Wrong? Why The Capital-Managed rather than the Labor-Managed Enterprise Is the Predominant Organizational Form in Market Economies, 73 Ohio State L.J. 219 (2012)
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So: The Misuse of “Human Nature” in Law and Social Policy and Bankruptcy of the “Nature-Nurture” Debate, 21 Tex. J. Women & L. 187 (2012)
  • Less Than Meets The Eye: Anti-Discrimination and the Development of Section 5 Enforcement and Eleventh Amendment Abrogation Law Since City of Boerne v. Flores, 38 Hastings Const. L. Quart. 259 (2010)
  • Rights of Inequality: Rawlsian Justice, Equal Opportunity, and the Status of the Family, 7 Legal Theory 83 (2001)
  • Legal Strategies to Achieve Tax Subsidy Accountability (coauthored), in Public Subsidies, Public Accountability: Holding Corporations to Labor & Community Standards 58 (2d ed. Grassroots Policy Project 1998)
  • Relativism, Reflective Equilibrium, and Justice, 17 Legal Studies 128 (1997)

Awarded the 1999 Berger Prize in Philosophy of Law of the American Philosophical Association (best published paper of the previous two years).


Illinois — Northern District of Illinois — Seventh Circuit — U.S. Supreme Court


American Bar Ass’n — Chicago Bar Ass’n. — Illinois State Bar Ass’n — Cooperating Attorney ACLU — National Lawyers Guild — National Coalition for Sexual Freedom — American Phil. Ass’n

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