Mortimer D. Schwartz, 1922–2016

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Editor, Law Library Journal, 1955–56
Chair, Publicity Committee, 1957–58
Founding President, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, 1958–59
Chair, Cataloging and Classification Committee, 1958–60
Chair, Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, 1962–64
Program Chair, 57th AALL Annual Meeting, 1963–64
Headquarters Fund Campaign, 1965–66
Director, 1966 California Institute on Computer Science for Law Librarians, 1965–66
AALL Executive Board, 1966–69
Chair, Special Committee on Procedures in Law Libraries, 1967–69
Founding President, Western Pacific Chapter of AAAL, 1968–69
Member, Financial Development and Growth Committee, 1969
Vice-Chair, Legislation and Legal Developments Committee, 1973–74
Chair, Joseph Andrews Bibliographical Award Committee, 1978–80
Master of Ceremonies, Closing Banquet at 76th AALL Annual Meeting, 1983

Professional Honors and Awards

Berkeley Institute Literature Award, 1978
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1995
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee: 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

"Audio-Visual Developments," Journal of Legal Education 5 (1952): 88–95.
"Legal Orientation: The Book and the Course," Montana Law Review 14 (1953): 76–86.
"Legal Method at Montana," Journal of Legal Education 6 (1953): 102–07.
"Dividing and Conquering the Card Catalog at Oklahoma," Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 129–35.
"Legal Research in Oklahoma," Oklahoma Law Review 10 (1957): 428–31.
Editor, Joseph Story: A Collection of Writings by and about an Eminent American Jurist. New York: Oceana Publications, 1959 (with John C. Hogan).
"How to Utilize the Talents of Retired Lawyers," American Bar Association Journal 49 (1963): 266–69.
"The Manly Art of Observation and Deduction," Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science 55 (1964): 157–64 (with John C. Hogan).
"Report on the California Institute on Computer Science for Law Librarians," International Association of Law Libraries Bulletin 20 (November 1967): 11–17.
"Building Planning for a New Law School Library," Law Library Journal 61 1968): 73–87.
"Retrospective Application of Class KF at UC Davis," Law Library Journal 61 (1968): 248–54.
Anglo-American Law Collections: University of California Law Libraries, Berkeley and Davis with Library of Congress Class K Added. South Hackensack, N.J.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1970 (with Dan F. Henke).
"Paraprofessionals and Law Librarianship: A Preliminary Perspective," Law Library Journal 66 (1973): 3–11.
"Clara Shortridge Foltz: Pioneer in the Law," Hastings Law Review 27 (1976): 545–64 (with Susan L. Brandt & Patience Milrod).
Environmental Law: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1977.
"The False Air of Scholarship," Whittier Law Review 4 (1982): 191–215 (with John C. Hogan).
"On Bacon's ‘Rules and Maximes' of the Common Law," Law Library Journal 76 (1983): 48–77 (with John C. Hogan).
Problems in Legal Ethics, St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1983 (with Richard C. Wydick) (multiple editions).
"Copyright Law and the Academic Community: Issues Affecting Teachers, Researchers, Student and Libraries," University of California Davis Law Review 17 (1984): 1147–78 (with John Hogan).
"A Translation of Bacon's Maxims of the Common Law," Law Library Journal 77 (1984–85): 707–18 (with John C. Hogan).
"The Fourth Amendment and the Public Schools," Whittier Law Review 7 (1985): 527–49 (with John C. Hogan).
Recommended Publications for Legal Research. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1985– (with Oscar Miller).
Children's Rights and the Law. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1987 (with Samuel M. Davis).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

"A Tribute to Mort Schwartz," SWALL Bulletin 23 (September 1991): 40.
Mortimer D. Schwartz, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, June 30, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
Patrick E. Kehoe and Judy C. Janes, "Memorial: Mortimer D. Schwartz (1922–2016)," Law Library Journal 109 (2017): 175–77.

Professional Positions

Librarian, Columbia University Law Library, 1952
Librarian, Montana University Law School Library, 1953–1954
University of Oklahoma School of Law, 1954–1965
Director,, University of California, Davis, 1965–1991
Distinguished Librarian, Visiting Librarianship Program, University of Houston Law Center Library, 1991


J.D., Boston University, 1949
LL.M., Boston University, 1950
M.S. Columbia University, 1951

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Advisory Committee to the Library of Congress on Anglo-American Law Classification, 1962
Coordinator, Brief and Research Bank for the Oklahoma State Bar Association