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About Lara Schwartz, JD.

Lara Schwartz specializes in civil discourse and campus speech, constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. Drawing on her experience as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations, Lara brings an advocate’s-eye view to her teaching. Prior to joining the SPA faculty, Lara served as Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Previously she served as Courts Matter director at Media Matters, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, and Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities. Lara worked in litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom and Gilbert, Heintz, and Randolph. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Lara has appeared on national and local radio and television programs and written op-eds published in national papers and local papers of record. She is the co-author of "How to College: What to Know Before You Go (And When You're There)," a practical guide for students.

Show Highlights

  • Defining Civil Discourse
  • What educators should know when engaging in Civil Discourse
  • The three-part framework to Civil Discourse
  • The teacher’s role in facilitating class discussions
  • Tips for educators
  • Limitations in what we should discuss in the classroom
  • Dealing with parents after a difficult conversation in class

Connect with Lara

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @Lara_Schwartz

Additional Resources

How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There)

The Law Professor Who Answered Back

Connect with me on Twitter @sheldoneakins

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