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 primarily on third-party responsibility and its rise as a dominant mode for the redress and prevention of harms. She is particularly interested in the connections between third-party responsibility and larger social, political, and cultural movements, and how third-party responsibility is leveraged in competing ways to promote social control on the one hand, and social change on the other. Her publications include articles in the Duke Law JournalUCLA Law ReviewVanderbilt 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 Publications

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

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

Bystander Interventions, 2015 Wis. L. Rev. 975 (2015)

Home Rules, 64 Duke L. J. 823 (2015)

Triangulating Rape, 37 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 403 (2013)