Robert G. Schwemm began his legal career with Sidley & Austin in Washington, DC, and then was chief trial counsel for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago. Professor Schwemm has written and lectured extensively on fair housing law. His works include the major treatise in the field, Housing Discrimination: Law and Litigation (1990), and several articles. He has been plaintiffs' counsel in several landmark housing discrimination cases, including three in the US Supreme Court: Meyer v. Holley (2003); Gladstone Realtors v. Village of Bellwood (1979); and Village of Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Development Corp. (1977). From 1986 to 1990, Professor Schwemm was vice-chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and, in 1991, he served as a special attorney and scholar-in-residence with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. From 1998 to 2000, he was a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.