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Dawn Swink

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.A. (Hons), International Relations, Political Science, Minnesota State University - Mankato 
    J.D., Law, Drake University Law School
  • Research Interests
  • Employment law, e-commerce and reproductive law.

Dawn Swink is passionate about teaching courses on business law and truly enjoys getting to know her students at the University of St. Thomas.

She believes students should study abroad at least once during their college career, so she has become involved in teaching these courses as well. She co-directed the London Business Semester in 2005 and 2014 and co-directed a UMAIE Business Law J-Term course in Australia in 2010.

Swink has three main research interests, employment law, e-commerce and reproductive law. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals including the American Business Law Journal, Brigham Young University Law Review, and the University of Maryland Law School’s Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. She has won several awards for her articles and currently assists the editor-in-chief of the Midwest Law Journal and serves as an article reviewer for the Journal for Legal Studies in Education.


  • Reich, J. B., & Swink, D. R. (2011). Outsourcing reproduction: Embryos and surrogacy services in the cyberprocreation era. Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, (14)(2),
  • Reich, J. B., & Swink, D. R. (2010). You can't put the genie back in the bottle: Potential rights and obligations of egg donors in the cyberprocreation era. Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, (20), pp. 1-66
  • Swink, D. R., & Mawer, W. T. (2007). Writing for journal's: The do's, the don'ts, the think-about's, and the avoid's. Southern Law Journal,
  • Swink, D. R., & Reich, J. B. (2007). Caveat vendor: Potential progeny, paternity, and product liability online. Brigham Young University Law Review, (2008)(4), pp. 857-898
  • Swink, D. R., & Cameron, D. (2004). Employee use of the internet: Where voyage is forbidden. Midwest Law Review, (20), pp. 100-127
  • Swink, D. R. (2003). Back to Bakke: Affirmative action revisited in educational diversity. Brigham Young U: Education and Law Review, (1)(issue 2003), pp. 211-256
  • Swink, D. R. (2003). Telecommuter law: A new frontier of legal liability. Worker's Compensation Law Review, (24)(issue 2002), pp. 89-132
  • Swink, D. R., & Cameron, D. (2002). The impact of stigma on environmental liability claims. Real Estate Law Journal, (31)(2), pp. 117-131
  • Swink, D. R. (2001). Telecommuter Law: A new frontier of legal liability. American Business Law Journal, (38)(4), pp. 857-900

  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2005
  • Huber Hurst Research Seminar, 2005
  • Labor & Employment Relations Conference, 2007
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2004
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2005
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2012

  • Journal of Employment & Labor Law, Reviewer
  • Journal of Legal Studies in Education, Editor
  • Midwest Law Journal, Editor
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • American Bar Association
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Phi alpha Delta Law Fraternity

  • Co-Owner, Visco Inc., (1991 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2008 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Mpls (2002 - 2008)
  • Assistant Professor of Business Law, Minnesota State University - Mankato, Mankato (1993 - 2002)
  • American Ambassadors Insurance Company, (1986 - 1988)
  • Judicial Clerk, State of Iowa Fifth Judicial District, (1984 - 1985)