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Schwab brings 30-year career to close



He’s worked for civil legal aid, been a public defender and prosecuted multiple cases, including a capital murder, but now Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab is trading in his 30-year law career to carpool the grandkids, read and travel.

“It’s been 30 years and I’m 70 years old, so it seemed like a good time,” Schwab said when asked why he decided to retire at the end of May. Asked whether he’ll miss the job, he said he’s been getting in some practice the past few months by primarily being at home due to the pandemic.

His last day is technically May 27, but since he is at high-risk for COVID-19, he has only been going to the office on weekends to do some work.

A native of Warrenton, Schwab first came to the New River Valley to attend Virginia Tech. Like many of the university’s students he started out in engineering. He decided to switch to law after a couple of incidents that occurred in the early 70s, including the shooting of students at Kent State in Ohio. Besides, aptitude tests showed he would do well at law.

His last two years at Virginia Tech were focused on political science classes and involvement in student government. Before graduation, he applied to Georgetown University Law School and was accepted.

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