Micah Schwartzbach


Micah Schwartzbach is Nolo’s Managing Editor, overseeing digital editorial content and other aspects of the company’s publishing operation. He considers himself fortunate to work with the talented and experienced team of Nolo Editors.

Education. Micah earned his B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated with highest honors, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated cum laude. He received several academic awards from both institutions, among them a distinction for excellence in the study of evidence law. 

Law practice. Before coming to Nolo, Micah practiced criminal defense law. In his early career, he represented clients throughout Northern California in various stages of criminal cases as part of a small law practice. In his next opportunity, his work centered on writing, editing, and research. One of his most rewarding moments was overcoming a government argument against financial compensation for an innocent man who spent nearly nine years in prison.

Nolo. Micah’s relationship with Nolo began in 2012, when he started to contribute articles to the renowned publishing company as a freelance writer. He joined the staff the next year as a Legal Editor, creating articles and editing books across areas of law. Beyond the websites in the Nolo family, Micah’s analysis has appeared on HowStuffWorks and in the Daily Journal, a periodical for attorneys.

Like other team members, Micah finds tremendous meaning in spreading understanding of and access to the legal system. 

Articles By Micah Schwartzbach

Nolo's List of Helpful Legal Websites
At Nolo we know that consumer access to quality online legal information is important, so we've compiled a one-stop guide to the best legal information on the Web.
The Right to a Speedy Trial
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of the individual states guarantee the right to a speedy trial.
Why Do Judges Hand out Multiple Life Sentences?
It seems nonsensical: Why sentence a defendant to more than one “life” sentence? Life is, after all, life.
What Is a Bail Algorithm? How Are Bail Algorithms Used?
Some U.S. jurisdictions are using advanced formulas to evaluate the risks that defendants pose. Judges weigh these evaluations when considering pretrial release.
What Happens at a Bail Hearing?
Learn about bail schedules and how attorneys argue about bail amounts.
What Is a "Section 1983" Lawsuit Against the Police?
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 allows people to sue for certain kinds of civil rights violations, including excessive police force.
If I Face Criminal Charges and a Civil Lawsuit, Can I Postpone Either Case?
Many kinds of criminal acts can be the basis of civil lawsuits for damages (money).
Can Police Pull You Over for No Reason?
An officer’s pulling over a driver constitutes a detention—the driver hasn’t been arrested, but nevertheless isn’t free to leave.
How Many Criminal Cases Actually Go to Trial?
It’s no secret that the overwhelming majority of criminal cases never reach trial.
What Is a Probable Cause Hearing?
"Probable cause hearing” typically refers to a quicker proceeding involving a determination that there was a valid basis for arrest.