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Schwartz, Louis B(rown) 1913(?)-2003

SCHWARTZ, Louis B(rown) 1913(?)-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born February 22, 1913 (some sources cite February 24 or 1912), in Philadelphia, PA; died January 23, 2003, in San Francisco, CA. Lawyer, educator, and author. Schwartz's lasting contribution to legal scholarship occurred in the early 1960s when he and a colleague, Herbert Wechsler, ploughed through the contradictory, confusing, and sometimes outdated penal codes of all the states, in a monumental effort to provide some consistency from one state to another. The Model Penal Code, published under the auspices of the American Law Institute in 1962, had only the weight of a recommendation, but more than thirty states made modifications to their laws based on the model. Schwartz also directed the National Commission on the Reform of Federal Criminal Law, but ultimately the project languished in Congress. Another focal point of his research was antitrust law. Schwartz began his legal career in Washington with the Securities and Exchange Commission and later the United States Department of Justice. He taught law at the University of Pennsylvania from 1946 through 1983, ultimately as the Benjamin Franklin Professor. Schwartz moved to California in 1983 and was named professor emeritus by Hastings College of Law of the University of California in 1998. He also served as a visiting professor at prestigious universities throughout the United States and abroad. Schwartz's books include Free Enterprise and Economic Organization, Crime and the American Penal System, Law Enforcement Handbook for Police, Studying Law for Fun and Profit, and Problems in Antitrust.



New York Times, February 9, 2003, obituary by Paul Lewis, p. A30.

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