Stevie J. Swanson

Stevie J. Swanson

Professor, Auxiliary Dean

B.A. Yale University 1997
J.D. University of Michigan Law School 2000

Professor Swanson joined Cooley in February 2006. Previously, she served as Director of Legal Services and Policy for Community Legal Resources in Detroit.

There she supervised the pro bono program, provided direct legal services to non-profit corporations in Michigan, and facilitated the Affordability Preservation Project to discern the most viable mechanism for preserving affordable housing units.

From 2002-2005, she served as a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor/Transactional Attorney for the Urban Communities Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School.

There she directly represented numerous non-profit corporations while supervising law student attorneys' representation of the same, and co-taught a corporate real estate transactions course specializing in affordable housing.

Professor Swanson also served as a litigation contract associate with a Lynchburg, Virginia firm.

She is a recipient of the Center for Ethics Service and Professionalism's 2008 Great Deeds Award, the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club's 2010 Respect for the Law Award, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Diversity Committee's Equal Access to Justice Award in 2011 and 2013, and the Auburn Hills Student Bar Association's 2011 Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Swanson was formerly the faculty advisor for: the Howard Soifer Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; the American Bar Association Law Student Division (Auburn Hills Campus); the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (Student Chapter at the Auburn Hills Campus), The Ten Commandments of Real Estate "10CORE" (with Professor Neville-Ewell), and the Public Interest Law Students Association (Lansing Campus). She was also a member of the Michigan Land Title Standards Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

She is the author of Sitting on Your Rights: Why the Statute of Limitations for Adverse Possession Should Not Protect Couch Potato Future Interest Holders, 12 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 305 (2011).

At Cooley, Professor Swanson teaches Property I, Property II, and Secured Transactions. She has also co-created and teaches an elective course called Slavery & Human Trafficking with Professor E. Christopher Johnson.


Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

Stevie J. Swanson, Slavery Then and Now: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Modern Day Human Trafficking: What Can We Learn from Our Past?, 11 Fla. A & M U. L. Rev. 127 (2015).

Stevie J. Swanson, Sitting on Your Rights: Why the Statute of Limitations for Adverse Possession Should Not Protect Couch Potato Future Interest Holders, 12 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 305 (2011).

Books and Chapters in Books

Stevie J. Swanson, “Aiming for Chocolate: Building a Student’s Practice Skills in Property Law,” in Teaching Law Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers, edited by Nelson P. Miller, Charles Cercone, & Christopher Trudeau, 92-96 (Vanderplas 2013).

Short Works

Stevie J. Swanson, Op. Ed., More Help Needed for Human Trafficking Victims, Tampa Tribune, July 27, 2014, at Views 3.

Stevie J. Swanson, Human Trafficking and 32 Billion Reasons to Fight It, 24 Lawyer (Hillsborough Cnty. Bar Ass’n.), Mar. – Apr. 2014, at 30.



Real-World Experience

Specialties: Housing, Real Estate Transactions

Courses: Property I, Property II, Secured Transactions

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