Ken Swift

Professor of Legal Writing
Email: kswift@hamline.edu
Phone: 651-523-2397


BA, University of Minnesota (1990)
JD, Hamline University School of Law (1995)


"Persuasive and powerful legal writing can only be achieved through clear thinking, clean organization, and the hard work necessary to edit, proofread, and rewrite."

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Legal Writing Instructor Ken Swift graduated with honors from Hamline University School of Law in 1995. While in law school, he was a published member of the Hamline Law Review and a member of the civil mock trial team. Prior to joining the Hamline faculty, Swift was in private practice in Saint Paul, specializing in civil litigation.

Swift has taught legal writing since 1997 and in 2001 developed the initial legal writing curriculum for, and taught in, Hamline's weekend JD program. He also developed the initial curriculum for the LRW III – General Practice and Transactional drafting course, part of Hamline’s expanded three-semester legal writing program.

Swift also teaches Employment Law and developed the curriculum into an online course. He has also previously taught Legal Advocacy and directed the Child Advocacy Clinic for two semesters.

Swift has published articles in legal writing teaching journals and in law reviews and journals, including articles on employment law, insurance law, and torts. In addition, he has published several articles on legal writing techniques for practicing attorneys. Swift has presented at national legal writing conferences on the development of online courses.



The Public Policy Exception to Employment At-Will: Time to Retire A Noble Warrior?, 61 MERCER L. REV. 551 (2010).

Void Agreements, Knocked-out Terms, and Blue Pencils: Judicial and Legislative Handling of Unreasonable Terms in Noncompete Agreements, 24 HOFSTRA LAB. & EMP. L.J. 223 (2007).

I Couldn't Watch the Ball Because I Was Watching the Ferris Wheel in Centerfield, 22 ENT. & SPORTS L. 1 (2005).

How Special Is Special?: An Insurance Agent's Duty to Advise, 21 HAMLINE L. REV. 323 (1998).

Handbooks, Disclaimers and Fairness in Minnesota Employment Law, 17 HAMLINE L. REV. 379 (1994).