Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha

Associate Professor

Department of Business, Economics and Enterprise Sciences


Dr. Schwerha has the unique experience of having served in both the private and public sectors for several years. At Cal U, he is responsible for instruction on all aspects of business law, as well as in the areas of privacy, cybercrime and information law. When not teaching, he concentrates on his computer forensics, privacy and e-discovery consulting business, TraceEvidence, LLC.

He routinely lectures and writes at both the domestic and international levels. Primarily, his scholarship closely follows the intersection of law and technology, especially as it concerns digital evidence. Before coming to academia, Dr. Schwerha served as a prosecutor for more than eight years. He was significantly involved with computer crime prosecution at both the state and national levels. Recently, he taught for several organizations, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, National District Attorneys Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National White Collar Crime Center, American Bar Association and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In addition, he has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters, including an entire book regarding managing cyber-liability risks.


  • Businss Law
  • Businss Law II
  • Business Law (Generally MBA Program)
  • Buisness Law (MBA with Entrepreneurship Emphasis)
  • Cyberlaw and Electronic Privacy
  • Business, Government and Society

Research Interests

For several years, Dr. Schwerha has concentrated on the legal issues surrounding media as it relates to digital investigations and litigation. He routinely researches and makes presentations on electronic discovery, computer forensics, privacy and digital evidence.

Service Learning Projects

  • Lists of Experts, Council of Europe
  • B.S.: Applied History, second major in Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.S.: Public Policy and Management, H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University
  • J.D.: University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Email: schwerha@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-1631

Office: Watkins Hall Room 317