Keith Swisher

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

Professor Keith Swisher directs the Bachelor of Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Prof. Swisher teaches legal ethics and procedure, 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 previously founded and edited the first blogs on judicial ethics and lawyer disqualification. He is a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and has 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.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers


  • LL.M. Harvard Law School
    Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
  • J.D. Arizona State University College of Law
    Graduated summa cum laude.
  • B.S. Arizona State University
    Graduated summa cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Faculty Director, BA in Law 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 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
  • Associate
    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
Criminal Law & Justice (including Juvenile Justice)
Jurisprudence / Law & Philosophy
The Legal Profession & Professional Responsibility