“Intellectual property and technology are important drivers of the law and the economy. We hope the Schwartz Award will be given to the law student who best combines, as Herb did, the ability to think deeply about these complex issues and create practical and concrete solutions.”
– Wendy Helene Schwartz and Neil Mark Radisch
For decades, Penn Law students relied on Herbert F. Schwartz, Esq., G’64, L’64, for a thorough introduction to intellectual property law. A renowned litigator with many landmark cases under his belt, Herb ushered generations of Penn Law students through the nuances of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and creator rights. “Herb Schwartz was a trailblazer in the development of intellectual property law and a mentor and colleague to hundreds of lawyers and law students, even while conducting a very busy patent litigation practice in New York City,” says his daughter Wendy Helene Schwartz, Esq., C’86, L’90. “For Herb, lawyering was truly a passion, and he delighted in imparting that passion to the students at Penn.”
Herb’s love of Penn would eventually compel Wendy to attend the University, where she met her husband, Neil Mark Radisch, ENG’86, and to also graduate from Penn Law. After Herb’s passing in July 2014, Wendy and Neil established the Herbert F. Schwartz Award in Intellectual Property and Technology, which will be given to a Penn Law graduate who distinguishes him- or herself in the study and practice of intellectual property law. Their generosity will stand as a loving testament to Herb’s legendary status in the field as well as a tribute to their shared Penn histories.
“Creating this award honors Herb and his legacy and also allows both of us to give back to an institution that has been very important in our own lives,” Wendy says.