Fordham Law


Adjunct Professor Confirmed for Appellate Court

April 12, 2013

On April 9, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Patty Shwartz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Schwartz has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law since 2009.

Judge Shwartz was nominated for the Third Court seat by President Obama in October 2011. She had first been introduced to the Senate’s Judiciary Committee by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in February 2012, but votes on federal appeals court nominations were stalled in the Senate by Republican lawmakers.

“She is clearly highly qualified, a woman of distinction who deserves confirmation. There is not a single reason to vote no on this nomination,” said Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before Judge Shwartz was confirmed by a vote of 64-34.

Judge Shwartz received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 1983. She graduated with her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986, where she was named the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of her class. She worked as an associate at the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP before serving as a law clerk to Hon. Harold A. Ackerman of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1987 to 1989.

Judge Shwartz was a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 1989 to 2002, where she prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases.

She has served as a Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey since 2003.

“Judge Shwartz will be an outstanding addition to the Third Circuit, and I am pleased the Senate has confirmed this highly qualified nominee,” Senator Lautenberg said in a statement. “She has served New Jersey well throughout her legal career and has built a sterling reputation for dispensing justice fairly and wisely. I now look forward to seeing Judge Shwartz take her well-deserved seat on the Third Circuit.”