Professor of Law
Sarah Swan
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
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Professor Swan writes and teaches in the areas of state and local government law, torts, family law, and criminal law. Her scholarship focuses on issues of 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 or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review and the Emory Law Journal, among others.   

Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers (Newark), Professor Swan was an Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Law (2018-2022).  Professor Swan has also served as an associate-in-law and fellow at Columbia Law School (2015-2018) and previously practiced as a litigation associate for several years, specializing in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation. 


Recent Articles:

Public Duties for the New City, 121 Mich. L. Rev.__(work-in-progress, forthcoming 2023)

Constitutional Backfires Everywhere, 25 U. Penn. J. of Const. L. _ (work-in-progress, forthcoming 2023)

Constitutional Off-loading at the City Limits, 135 Harv. L. Rev. 831 (2022)

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

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

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

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

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


Courses Taught
  • Constitutional Law (State)
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Torts