Dale Schwartz

Chair Emeritus


A member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia, Dale Schwartz attended Vanderbilt University and The George Washington University and earned his law degree at the University of Georgia, where he was an editor of the Georgia Law Review. Currently a principal of Dale M. Schwartz & Associates, LLP, he also is an adjunct professor of immigration law at Emory University School of Law, as well as a former co-chairman of the Immigration Law Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.

Dale is a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (1986-87) and serves on a number of national boards of organizations concerned with immigration and refugee matters. He has testified as an expert witness before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on immigration legislation and is involved in the representation of companies, universities, and employees to obtain immigration benefits for persons seeking to come to, or remain in, the U.S. He served on the Georgia Advisory Board of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for a number of years and was appointed chairman of that body for two terms. He has been a guest on numerous national and local news programs as an expert on immigration law (e.g., CNN, FOX, ABC's Nightline, 20-20, 60 Minutes, and others).

Dale also is very active in the Jewish community and has been a member of the HIAS board since 1981. He won the Abe Goldstein Young Leadership Award given by the Atlanta Jewish Federation, on whose board he served for many years. He was president of Jewish Family Services in Atlanta for five years and chairman of the Southeastern Region of the Anti-Defamation League, on whose national board he serves in the Executive Committee. He is a recipient of the American Jewish Congress' Justice Hugo Black Award for Social Justice. In addition, Dale served as lead counsel in the successful effort to obtain a posthumous pardon for Leo M. Frank, the Jewish businessman who was lynched in Georgia in 1915. He also served as an adviser in the making of a miniseries for national television and a docudrama for PBS-TV.

Dale is married to Susan Ellis Schwartz. They are the proud parents of three married daughters (all of whom, he is proud to note, are active in their communities) and have seven grandchildren.