Sarah L. Swan

Sarah Swan

Sarah L. Swan

Assistant Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 302
Phone: 850.645.0241


J.S.D., Columbia University, 2016
LL.M., Columbia University, 2010
J.D., University of British Columbia, 2004
B.A., University of British Columbia, 2001

Professor Swan teaches in the areas of torts, criminal law, family law and local government law. Her scholarship focuses on the role of third parties in preventing, causing, and remedying harms, and the related issues of complicity, rights of association, and relational duties that circulate around those questions. Her publications include articles in the Duke Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review.

Before joining FSU Law, Professor Swan was a fellow and lecturer at Columbia Law School. She previously practiced as a litigation associate for several years, specializing in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation, and served as a judicial law clerk for the British Columbia Supreme Court.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Tort Law and Feminism, in The Oxford Handbook on Feminism and Law in the United States (Deborah L. Brakes et al., editors) (forthcoming 2021)

Farwell v. Keaton: Rewritten Opinion, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions (Lucinda Finley & Martha Chamallas, editors) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2020)

Exclusion Diffusion, 70 Emory L.J. __ (forthcoming 2021)

Running Interference: The Role of Third Parties in Preemption, Petition, and the Powers of Local Government, 36 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. __ (forthcoming 2020)

Procedural Discriminatory Dualism: Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX, 73 Okla. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2020)

Discriminatory Dualism, 54 Ga. L. Rev. 869 (2020)

Aiding and Abetting Matters, 12 J. Tort L. 255 (2019) (invited)

Preempting Plaintiff Cities, 45 Ford. Urb. L.J. 1241 (2019)

Plaintiff Cities, 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1227 (2018)

Conjugal Liability, 64 UCLA L. Rev. 968 (2017)