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Faculty obituary: Murray Schwartz, former dean of UCLA School of Law

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Murray L. Schwartz, the third dean of UCLA School of Law and the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law Emeritus, died Feb. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 87. Schwartz joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1958 and had a distinguished career as a faculty member prior to serving as dean from 1969 to 1975. He retired from UCLA in 1991. He was the first holder of the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Chair in Law and the author of many important works on criminal law and legal ethics.
 
An extraordinarily skilled teacher who was revered by his students, Schwartz won the School of Law’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was elected professor of the year by the graduating class of 1986. He served as executive vice chancellor of UCLA, as chair of the University of California Assembly of the Academic Senate and the UC Academic Council. He was also chair of the UCLA Academic Senate.
 
“Murray’s passing will be a great loss to our community,” said Michael H. Schill, dean of UCLA School of Law. “He was a man of enormous wit and intelligence, and he was dedicated to our school and our profession. He was beloved by his colleagues and friends and we will miss him greatly.”
 
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Schwartz began his career as a chemist after earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Pennsylvania State University in 1942. During World War II, he was a commanding officer of a submarine chaser. After the war, he studied industrial relations at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received an LL.B. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949.
 
After law school, Schwartz clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson. He later served in the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General from 1952 to 1954 and then practiced law in Philadelphia until 1958.
 
Schwartz was a distinguished criminal law and legal ethics scholar. His work in the legal profession and legal ethics shaped the teaching of professional responsibility in many of the nation’s law schools. He authored "The Reorganization of the Legal Profession" (1980); co-authored "Lawyers and the Legal Profession: Cases and Materials" (three editions since 1979); and edited "Law and the American Future" (1976).
 
The University of Pennsylvania Law School and Pennsylvania State University each has presented him with a distinguished alumnus award.

He is survived by his wife Audrey; children Deborah, Jonathan and Daniel, and five grandchildren.
 
In lieu of flowers, the Schwartz family requests that donations be made to the UCLA Foundation/School of Law, UCLA School of Law, Box 951476, Los Angeles, CA 90095 -- to the attention of Donna Colin.
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