Joanna Schwartz

Los Angeles, CA

Joanna Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.  She is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.  Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Schwartz clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York and Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was then associated with Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, in New York City, where she specialized in police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and First Amendment litigation. 

Schwartz's research focuses on the role of lawsuits in organizational decision making, with a focus on law enforcement agencies.  Her studies of police departments examine the frequency with which departments track and analyze information from lawsuits, and the ways in which litigation-attentive departments use lawsuit data to reduce the likelihood of future harms.  She has also studied the frequency with which police officers in over seventy jurisdictions across the country personally satisfy settlements and judgments in police misconduct cases, and is currently examining the extent to which police department budgets are affected by litigation costs.  For recent publications, see: