Carol Swanson

Email: cswanson@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-2138


AB, Bowdoin College
JD, Vanderbilt University School of Law


Professor Carol Swanson has taught a broad range of business law courses since 1989. Before joining the Hamline Law faculty, she practiced corporate and commercial litigation with large private firms in New York City (Sullivan & Cromwell) and Minneapolis (Popham Haik) and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Professor Swanson has served three times as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs under five different law school deans, having returned to full-time teaching most recently in 2008.

Professor Swanson is passionate about teaching and loves making legal issues come alive in the classroom; Hamline's students have twice named her "Professor of the Year." She regularly publishes and presents in the business law area with a particular focus on corporate governance and securities issues. Swanson's regular course load includes Contracts I & II, Corporations, Unincorporated Business Entities, and business law seminars on diverse advanced topics, including a Global Financial Meltdown Seminar in 2009.



Insider Trading Madness: Rule 10b5-1 and the Death of Scienter, 52 U. KAN. L. REV. 147 (2003); selected as "top securities law article" and reprinted in 37 SEC. L. REV. 478 (2005).

Antitrust Excitement in the New Millennium: Microsoft, Mergers, and More, 54 OKLA. L. REV. 285 (2001).

Unconscionable Quandary: UCC Article 2 and the Unconscionability Doctrine, 31 N.M. L. REV. 359 (2001).

Reinventing Insider Trading: The Supreme Court Misappropriates the Misappropriation Theory, 32 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 1157 (1997).

The Turn in Takeovers: A Study in Public Appeasement and Unstoppable Capitalism, 30 GA. L. REV. 943 (1996).

Corporate Governance: Sliding Seamlessly into the Twenty-First Century, 21 J. CORP. L. 417 (1996).

Juggling Shareholder Rights and Strike Suits in Derivative Litigation: The Ali Drops the Ball, 77 MINN. L. REV. 1339 (1993).