Professor Emeritus of Law Martin A. Schwartz is one of the nation’s leading experts on 1983 litigation. He is the author of a six volume treatise on section litigation published by Wolters Kluwer, Section 1983 Litigation: Claims and Defenses (three volumes), Section 1983 Litigation: Federal Evidence; Section 1983 Litigation: Jury Instructions (with Honorable George C. Pratt), and Section 1983 Litigation: Statutory Attorney’s Fees (with the late John E. Kirklin). These six volumes cover in detail, and with extensive citations, every facet of Section 1983 litigation and section 1988 attorney’s fees, and are kept current by ongoing supplementation.
Professor Schwartz has also authored Section 1983 Litigation (3d edition Federal Judicial Center) and Essential Trial Evidence, Brought to Life with Famous Trials, Film, and Fiction (Practicing Law Institute April 2017), as well as numerous law articles on section 1983 litigation. He has been a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal since 1971.
Professor Schwartz chairs the Practicing Law Institute annual programs on Section 1983 litigation and Trial Evidence and co-chairs its annual Supreme Court review program. He has also participated in many other continuing legal education programs. He argued three Section 1983 cases in the United States Supreme Court.
He holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School (magna cum laude 1968), and a Masters in Law from NYU School of Law (1973). He was managing attorney of the research and appeals bureau of Westchester Legal Services, an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, and a Professor of Law at Touro Law School.