Emeritus Professor of Law


Professor Stephen Schwarz, a native of Summit, New Jersey, received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. From 1969 to 1973, he was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he litigated tax cases and observed (from afar) various impeachable offenses.

In 1974, after a year in private practice, Professor Schwarz joined the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Law. He also has taught as a Visiting Professor in the graduate tax programs at the University of Florida College of Law and New York University School of Law, and at UCLA School of Law and Arizona State University College of Law. He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1981, was Associate Academic Dean from 1983 to 1985, and became an Emeritus Professor in 2004.

Professor Schwarz is the coauthor of several law school casebooks, including Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation and Fundamentals of Partnership Taxation (with Lathrope), and Nonprofit Organizations (with Fishman and Mayer).

Professor Schwarz lives in Marin County and maintains vacation homes at Stanford’s Roscoe Maples Pavilion, The Oakland Coliseum, and Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. His hobbies do not include hiking, golf, cats, fly fishing, or public choice theory, or repeal of the federal estate tax.



  1. Columbia Law School 1973

    J.D., Law

  2. Brown University

    B.A., American Civilization

Selected Scholarship

  1. The Architecture of Charities’ Commercial Activities - Structural Reactions: Basic Structures 2008

    National Center on Philanthropy and the Law

  2. Federal Income Taxation of Investments by Nonprofit Organizations: Beyond a Primer 2000

    National Center on Philanthropy and the Law