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 Publications

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

Discriminatory Dualism, 54 Ga. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2020)

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

Preempting Plaintiff Cities, 45 Ford. Urb. L.J. 1241 (2018)

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

Between Title IX and the Criminal Law: Bringing Tort Law to the Campus Sexual Assault Debate, 64 U. Kan. L. Rev. 961 (2016)