Disability Rights Lawyer and Activist Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz

Sarah Lawrence will welcome widely known disability rights lawyer, activist and Syracuse University professor Michael Schwartz on Wednesday, May 3. His address, “Disability, Advocacy, Education, and Going Beyond the Law", will take place from 4–5 p.m. in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center and is open to the public. A reception will follow from 5–6 p.m., also in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

This address will include an account of the creation of Syracuse University’s original and highly successful Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, of which Schwartz was a founding member. Schwartz will share with his audience the notion that higher education should be accessible to all and that compliance with the law is only the beginning.

"He combines the knowledge of a lawyer with the compassion of an activist and the sensitivity of someone who has lived and fought as a deaf man in a hearing world,” said Micheal Rengers, director of facilities and operations at Sarah Lawrence. “Simply put, he is inspiring.”

Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer, is assistant professor and director of the Disability Rights Advocacy Law Clinic at the Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the law faculty, Schwartz was a Graduate Fellow studying for his Ph.D. in Education in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education, School of Education, at Syracuse University. Schwartz’s concentration is in Disability Studies, and his dissertation is a qualitative study of deaf patients in the medical setting.