Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs
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Biographical Information

Keith Swisher is Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Bachelor of Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Prof. Swisher is an ethics expert, law professor, and former associate dean of legal scholarship and faculty development at Phoenix School of Law. He has taught legal ethics at the three Arizona law schools, serves as ethics counsel and expert witness to lawyers, law firms, and judges, and represents indigent defendants in the Ninth Circuit. His scholarship is regularly published and cited in the areas of legal and judicial ethics and disqualification, and he founded the first blogs on judicial ethics and lawyer disqualification. He is a member of the State Bar's Ethics Committee, Fee Arbitration Committee, and the O'Connor Advisory Committee of the Quality Judges Initiative (IAALS/University of Denver). He also served on the Editorial Board of ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct. In 2011, he received the ABA's Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, and in 2016, he received the AJC's Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award.

Previously, Prof. Swisher clerked for the Ninth Circuit (Canby, J.) and practiced at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix.


Harvard Law School

Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

Arizona State University College of Law

Graduated summa cum laude.

Arizona State University

Graduated summa cum laude.

Work Experience

Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, Undergraduate Legal Studies and Master of Legal Studies Programs
James E. Rogers College of Law
Ethics Counsel and Expert
Swisher P.C., Scottsdale, Arizona
2012 - present
Panel Attorney
Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel, Phoenix, Arizona
2009 - present
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Arizona Summit Law School
Associate Professor of Law
Phoenix School of Law; Arizona Summit Law School
2011 - 2015
Associate Dean of Faculty Research
Arizona Summit Law School
2013 - 2014
Associate Dean of Faculty Development
Phoenix School of Law
2011 - 2013
Assistant Professor of Law
Phoenix School of Law
2009 - 2011
Adjunct Professor of Law
Arizona State University College of Law
2008 - 2009
Research Assistant
Professor Andrew Kaufman, Harvard Law School
2006 -2007
Osborn Maledon, PA, Phoenix, Arizona
2005 - 2006; 2007 - 2009
Judicial Clerkship
Honorable William C. Canby, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2004 - 2005
Law Clerk
Federal Public Defender's Office, Capital Habeas Unit, District of Arizona