Ellen E. Sward

Ellen E. Sward
Professor of Law
Primary office:
309A Green Hall

A graduate of Harvard University Law School, Ellen Sward joined the KU Law faculty in 1984 after private practice in Madison, Wis., and Washington, D.C. Her focus for teaching and research has been on civil procedure and particularly the civil jury. She is author of "The Decline of the Civil Jury," published by Carolina Academic Press in 2001. A highly respected teacher, Sward has been active in curriculum planning and reform. She was named a Dean James Green Fellow, 1996-1999, in recognition of her service to the law school.

Courses Taught:
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Jurisdiction

Representative Publications
"Justification and Doctrinal Evolution," 37 Connecticut Law Review 389 (2005); "The Seventh Amendment and the Alchemy of Fact and Law," 33 Seton Hall Law Review 573 (2003); "A History of the Civil Trial in the United States," 51 Kansas Law Review 347 (2003); The Decline of the Civil Jury (Carolina Academic Press), (2001); "Legislative Courts, Article III, and the Seventh Amendment," 77 North Carolina Law Review 1037 (1999); "Appellate Review of Judicial Fact-Finding, 40 Kansas Law Review," 1 (1991); "Values, Ideology, and the Evolution of the Adversary System," 64 Indiana Law Journal 301 (1989)

Research Interests
The civil justice system, the civil jury, federal courts, civil procedure.

J.D., Harvard, 1979, Case Editor, Harvard Law Review; B.A., Cincinnati, 1970.

Wisconsin 1979; D.C. 1981.

Career History
Associate, Michael, Best & Friedrich, Madison, Wis., 1979-81; Associate, Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn, Washington, D.C., 1981-84; Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1984-89; Professor, 1989-present; Associate Dean for Research, 2004-2006.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms