Stevie J. Swanson


Bio Swanson


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

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Professor Stevie Swanson has expertise in real estate development, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and issues surrounding human trafficking.  

Professor Swanson joined WMU-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 WMU-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 has received numerous teaching accolades. She is a two-time recipient of the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award in 2016 and 2017. Professor Swanson was awarded Professor of the Year in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Student Bar Association and in 2018 by the Tampa Bay Black Law Students Association. 

Professor Swanson was formerly the faculty adviser 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.

Professor Swanson is currently the faculty adviser to the following student groups: Hispanic Organization of Legal Advocates, Caribbean Law Students Association, Help Save the Next Girl, Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, and Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers.

At WMU-Cooley, Professor Swanson teaches Property I, Property II, and Secured Transactions. She created and teaches an elective course called Slavery & Human Trafficking.


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


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