Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School faculty since 1983.
A native of North Carolina, Schwab obtained his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Schwab clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Schwab is a leading scholar in economic analysis of law and in employment law, and has a casebook on Employment Law now in its 6th edition. Schwab is the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Restrictive Employment Agreements Act, and was a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law. He has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the 50 most powerful employment attorneys in America. He is an editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, a member of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association, and the executive director of Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell.
Professor Schwab has taught widely in the curriculum, including Torts, Contracts, Corporations, Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Labor Law, Law and Economics, Restrictive Employment Agreements, and Whistleblower Law, among other courses.