Michael Hunter Schwartz Named Dean of Bowen School of Law

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Provost Zulma Toro announced Tuesday the appointment of Michael Hunter Schwartz of Lawrence, Kan., as the new dean of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Schwartz is associate dean for Faculty and Academic Development at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kan. He is also co-director of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning and Professor of Law at Washburn.

Paula Casey, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, has been the law school's interim dean since July. She will continue to serve until Schwartz begins work in Little Rock on July 1. Casey will then resume her role as professor, the university said.

Before joining Washburn in 2006, Schwartz was a professor of law at the Charleston School of Law in South Carolina and at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. He gained professional experience in California as an associate attorney at Graham & James law firm in Newport Beach and as an associate attorney at Hufstedler Miller Kaus & Beardsley law firm in Los Angeles. He practiced contracts, insurance and construction law.

"This is a very exciting time for the UALR Bowen School," Toro said in a news release. "The fact that we have been able to hire a nationally and internationally recognized leader in legal education will bring many opportunities for the law school to reach an even higher academic level."

Schwartz received his juris doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1987 and his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984.