Outstanding Teacher - John Schwarz
Professor Schwarz completed his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree at California State University, Chico, in the Department of Recreation Administration, with an emphasis in the management of natural resources. Schwarz earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1984. He passed the California Bar Exam in July 1984 and began practicing law in Sacramento, California, with Hefner, Stark, & Marois, one of Sacramento’s leading real estate, construction, land use, and business law firms. While practicing law in Sacramento, in 1987 Schwarz developed and began to teach a law course for the CSU Chico Department of Recreation Administration. He continued to teach this course after moving back to Chico, in 1988, to practice law with Stewart, Humpherys, Burchett, & Sandelman. Schwarz began teaching business law courses for the CSU Chico Department of Management in 1989. Schwarz has been a partner in Christensen & Schwarz, LLP since 1992. Schwarz, in 2002, began teaching construction law courses for the CSU Chico Department of Construction Management, and was hired as a tenure-track faculty member in 2007. Schwarz currently teaches construction law and contract courses for the Department of Construction Management and the contracts and specification courses for the Department of Civil Engineering. Schwarz has authored and presented papers for the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC); ASC awarded Schwarz the Regional Excellence in Teaching Award in April 2011. Schwarz has participated in several of the community service projects organized and sponsored by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (Rebuild New Orleans in 2007 and 2008, Concow Community Project in 2009, and the recent “Blitz Build” projects).