Judge Charles Schwartz Jr.

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Charles Schwartz, Jr., a federal judge, died on November 3, 2012.  He was 90 years old.  Judge Schwartz was born in New Orleans in 1922, the only child of Sophie Hess Schwartz and Charles Schwartz.  He was married to the late Patricia May Schwartz of New York.  He is survived by his daughter Priscilla Schwartz Baird and her husband, Claiborne, of Metairie, his son John Schwartz and his wife, Julie, of Boston, and two grandchildren, Charles Schwartz and Leslie Schwartz.  In addition, he leaves behind a host of former law clerks who still refer to him as "my Judge." After graduating from Fortier High School, Judge Schwartz received a B.A. from Tulane University in 1943 where he was Phi Beta Kappa.  During World War II, he served in the Philippines as a Second Lieutenant and continued his military service in the Army Reserves until 1966 when he retired as a Major.  After the war, he attended Tulane Law School, was on its Law Review and in 1947, graduated Order of the Coif. Judge Schwartz was in private practice from 1947 until 1976, first with the Guste, Barnett & Redmand firm.  In 1969, he co-founded the firm, Little Schwartz & Dussom.  During that time, he represented many individuals and commercial clients and served as district counsel for the Gulf Coast District of U.S. Maritime Administration.  In 1976, Charles Schwartz was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the federal bench for the Eastern District of Louisiana where he served as Judge until his retirement in 2001.  During his tenure, he presided over many notable cases including those involving conspiracy and racketeering in connection with sewer construction contracts for Jefferson Parish, prosecution of elected officials for voter fraud and corruption, U.S. v. State of Louisiana dealing with disparity in higher education in Louisiana, and Chisom v. Edwards which challenged the method of electing justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court from the New Orleans area.  In 1991, Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Judge Schwartz to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in Washington, D.C. where he oversaw requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the United States.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Schwartz was active in the Republican Party.  For many years, he served as Chairman of the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee and Secretary of the State Central Committee.  In 1960, he was a delegate to the Republican Convention, and in 1964 and 1968, he was an alternate delegate. Judge Schwartz was involved with many charitable, civic and educational organizations.  He served on the Boards and was President and Treasurer of the Greater New Orleans Area Unit of the American Cancer Society; the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans; and the United Cancer Council of America.  For over twenty years, he volunteered at Tulane Law School where he was an Adjunct Professor, a member of the Law School's Review Advisory Board, and a jurist for Inns of Court.  He was also on the Boards of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Touro Foundation, and Metairie Park Country Day School and was a member of the Louisiana Commandery, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, and several Carnival organizations. For their dedicated care, the family wishes to thank Bernadine Campbell, Harold George, Leo Jackson, Michael Washington, Susan Welsh and the late James Livas. A funeral will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am.  Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Tulane Law School, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, La 70118 or the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036.  Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 2012
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