Upon their graduation from Temple University School of Law, Bob Schwartz and three classmates co-founded the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) in 1975. Since 1982, Schwartz has served as Executive Director of the Juvenile Law Center (www.jlc.org), a non-profit legal service that advances the rights and wellbeing of children in jeopardy. JLC focuses on improving systems that serve children accused of crime, abused and neglected children, children with disabilities, and children with health and education needs.
Since 1991, Schwartz has been a gubernatorial appointee to the state advisory group in Pennsylvania that distributes federal funds under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Since 1992, he has chaired the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Committee. In 1993 Schwartz helped author the ABA report, America's Children at Risk: A National Agenda for Legal Action. In 1995 he co-authored A Call for Justice, which put a national spotlight on children's access to quality counsel in Juvenile Court. Schwartz is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He is co-editor of the recently published volume, Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2000). In 2000, he also co-authored a curriculum on adolescent development for Juvenile Court personnel, and his chapter, "Positive Youth Development and Juvenile Justice" appeared in Youth Development: Issues, Challenges and Directions, Public/Private Ventures (2000). He is a member of the management team of the new federally-funded National Juvenile Defender Center.