Lara Schwartz

Lara Schwartz

Legal Director & Chief Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign

Lara Schwartz joined the Human Rights Campaign as senior counsel in 2002. Schwartz advocates against discriminatory constitutional amendments such as the "Federal Marriage Amendment." She promotes legislation on tax, benefits and other issues that affect the everyday lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families, as well as legislation to prevent bias motivated violence. Schwartz works on matters affecting the judiciary, including judicial nominations and opposition to measures that threaten judicial independence. Before joining HRC, Schwartz was associated with the law firm of Gilbert, Heintz & Randolph LLP, where she focused on legislative redistricting, voting rights, insurance litigation and fair housing. Before that, she was with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, where her practice included defending Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and representing companies in rulemaking proceedings. Before going into private practice, Schwartz served as a law clerk to the Hon. Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University, she is admitted to the bars of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Gay Marriage and the Role of the Judiciary

Civil Rights Practice Group and Religious Liberties Practice Group

On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court decided In re Marriage Cases.  In a...