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Photograph of Judge Alan R. Schwartz Judge Alan R. Schwartz

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 14, 1934

Two children and two grandsons

Harvard College, A.B. 1955 (magna cum laude) (Phi Beta Kappa)

Harvard Law School, L.L.B. 1958 (cum laude)

Appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Reubin Askew on April 18, 1973; reelected without opposition, 1974. Appointed Third District Court of Appeal Judge by Governor Askew, November 1978. Retained in office, 1980, 1986, 1992. Judge Schwartz was elected Chief Judge by his colleagues in 1983 and has continuously been re-elected as the Chief Judge.

Nominated four times by Judicial Nominating Commissions for Supreme Court of Florida, once for the Second District Court of Appeal, and twice for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Associate, partner, Nichols, Gaither, Green, Frates & Beckham and successors, 1958-65. Member of the firm of Horton, Schwartz & Perse, 1965-73.

Professional Affiliations
President, Conference of Florida District Court of Appeal Judges,1982.

Member, Florida Commission on Matrimonial Law. 1982-85.

President Harvard Law School Association of Florida, 1981-82.

Member, University of Miami School of Law Visiting Committee, 1982-93.

Outstanding Jurist Award, 1983, American Academy of Matrimonial Law.
Member, American Law Institute, 1987-; Judges Consultative Group on Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution, 1990-.

Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 1963-67, 1988-96;.
Appellate Rules Committee, 1980-; Family Law Rules Committee, 1992-;.

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Journal Editor, 1965-67.

Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association 1965-68 and 1969-72; Co-Chairman, Courts Committee, 1968-69.

Lecturer at Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminars in Civil Trial Practice, Civil Procedure After Trial, Evidence, Damages, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Appellate Practice, and Mortgage Law.

Judge Schwartz passed away on February 22, 2019.

Author-editor-in-chief, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal, 1965-67.