Robert L. Schwartz has more than forty years of experience in teaching law at universities across the country and the world, spending most of his professional career at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he is the Henry Weihofen Professor of Law Emeritus. After joining the UNM law faculty in 1976, Schwartz focused his research and teaching in the emerging field of Health Law and has gone on to become a nationally recognized scholar in the area of Bioethics, bringing this expertise also into School of Medicine classrooms.
Schwartz is one of five authors of Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, the leading Health Law textbook in the country first published in 1987; has written Treatise on Health Law, a two-volume textbook published in 1995; and is co-editor of a volume of Health Law statutes published in 2003. Most recently, Schwartz; writing is in the areas of end-of-life care, death and dying, managed care and the application of civil liberties principles to the health care enterprise. Schwartz has served on the editorial boards of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy and the Medical Law Review. Through the World Health Organization, he has worked as a consultant on health legislation in Cambodia, Tonga and Vietnam.
Schwartz has previously served as General Counsel for the New Mexico Human Services Department and the Chair of the New Mexico Health Policy Commission. Schwartz holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.