Lara Schwartz teaches at American University School of Public Affairs, where she specializes in constitutional law, civil rights, politics, communications, and policy. She has worked as a legislative lawyer, lobbyist, and communications strategist in leading civil rights organizations. Prior to joining the AU faculty, Lara served as Director of Strategic Engagement at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Previously she served as Courts Matter director at Media Matters, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, and Vice President of External Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB in English from Brown University When she isn't teaching, Lara Runs very slowly, rides horses, and composes birthday limericks for her friends.