Sarah L. Swan

Sarah Swan

Sarah L. Swan

Tallahassee Law Alumni Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Main Classroom Building, 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 third-party responsibility and its emergence as a dominant paradigm of harm redress and prevention. Professor Swan explores the complex questions of responsibility and attribution that third-party responsibility inevitably raises, as well as the connections between third-party responsibility and larger social, political and cultural movements. She is especially interested in how third parties are leveraged in competing ways to promote social control on the one hand, and social change on the other. Her academic articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review (forthcoming), Duke Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review and Emory Law Review, among others. 

Prior to joining the FSU College of Law faculty, Professor Swan was an associate-in-law and fellow at Columbia Law School. She previously practiced as a litigation associate for several years, specializing in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Constitutional Off-loading at the City Limits, 135 Harv. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2022)

Exclusion Diffusion, 70 Emory L.J. 847 (2021)

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

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

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

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