Amitai Schwartz '72, a leader in the public interest and bar, has recently been awarded the inaugural Angel Award for exceptional commitment to pro bono work by the California Lawyer magazine. Schwartz has donated hundreds of hours of pro bono time to handling federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases and advising health care advocacy groups. In recent years, Schwartz has focused on prosecuting ACLU FOIA requests for information regarding the U.S. government's practices in gathering data on American citizens who are Muslim, of Arab descent or war protesters. In 2006, Schwartz won an expedited request in one of the cases, and donated his award of attorney fees to the ACLU.
Schwartz has a J.D. from Boalt School of Law and a BA cum laude from Brandeis University. Mr. Schwartz was the Legal Director of the Northern California Police Practices Project from 1973-1977, staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California from 1977-1985, and a visiting lecturer on Appellate Advocacy at Boalt Hall in 1985. Schwartz has received many prestigious awards including Northern California Super Lawyer in both 2005 and 2006, the Pro Bono Publico Award in 1991 from the American Bar Association and was a 1995 recipient of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. His awards and community commitments are too numerous to account here, and we feel fortunate to recognize Amitai Schwartz as both an honored Boalt alum and a valued member of the Advisory board.