Areas of Expertise:
civil litigation | police misconduct | civil liberties | settlements | budgeting and risk management | qualified immunity

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Joanna Schwartz, professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, is one of the country's leading experts on police misconduct litigation and the author of "Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable" (2023). Her recent scholarship -- published in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and the Columbia Law Review, among many others -- includes articles empirically examining the justifications for qualified immmunity doctrine; the financial impact of settlements and judgments on federal, state and local law enforcement officers and agency budgets; and regional variation in civil rights protections across the country.

Schwartz has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and USA Today; and has appeared on NPR's "Fresh Air," CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC and PBS Newshour, among others.

Media Contact

Annabel Adams