Dawn Swink

Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law

drswink@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5098

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 335
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.A. (Hons), International Relations, Political Science, Minnesota State University - Mankato
J.D., , Drake University Law School

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Dawn Swink has three main research interests: telecommuting and employment law, e-commerce and reproductive law. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including American Business Law Journal, Brigham Young University Law Review and the University of Maryland Law School's Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. She won several awards for her articles and was an invited scholar to the Huber Hurst Research Seminar, in which one in 10 legal studies scholars in the country are selected to participate. Swink is currently the editor-in-chief of the Midwest Law Journal, and serves as an articles reviewer for the American Business Law Journal and the Journal for Legal Studies in Education. A true believer in study abroad, Swink co-directed the London Business Semester in 2005 and 2014 and co-directed a UMAIE BLAW J-term course in Australia. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know her students.

Fall 2016 Courses
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J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses
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BLAW 301 - 05 Legal Environment/Business - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 238
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 21926
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing
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BLAW 301 - 06 Legal Environment/Business - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 238
Description of course Legal Environment/Business : CRN: 21925
An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management, and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, sales of goods, intellectual property, employment law, as well as general notions of legal reasoning and legal process and alternative dispute resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing
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BLAW 353 - 01 Employment & Labor Law M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MCH 115
Description of course Employment & Labor Law : CRN: 21935
This course addresses in-depth legal issues that every employer and employee needs to understand regarding the legal environment of employment, including federal and state employment discrimination laws, sexual harassment, workers' compensation, first amendment rights, privacy, wrongful termination, covenants not to compete, federal laws governing the right to organize and bargain collectively, and emerging employment law issues. Prerequisite: Junior standing
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • 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)

Professional Memberships
  • 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

Professional Service
  • Journal of Employment & Labor Law, Reviewer
  • Journal of Legal Studies in Education, Editor
  • Midwest Law Journal, Editor

Publications
  • 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. Workers' 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

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Business Law
  • E-Commerce
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Human Resources
  • Telecommuting

Awards and Honors
  • 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

Presentations
  • "Advocating paid parental leave for infact care - redesigning the FMLA for a contemporary workplace." Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, April 01, 2016
  • "Expanding the FMLA: Supporting paid parental leave for infants" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 01, 2015
  • "Educators beware: The legal and professional dangers of engaging in social media" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2014
  • "Social media privacy: What's in a password? Rights and protection" Academy of Legal, August 01, 2013
  • "The international child: The legal implications of artificial reproduction techniques across borders" Socio-Legal Studies Association, York, United Kingdom, March 01, 2013
  • "Boarding schools and troubled teens: Contract analysis - ABM Ministries, Inc," Midwest Academy of Legal Studies of Business, Chicago, IL, February 01, 2013
  • "The life of a business: Utilizing project-based simulations in business law classes" Academy of Business Disciplines, Ft Myers, Florida, November 01, 2012
  • "Accommodating students with learning disabilities in higher education: Qualifications and extent of academic accommodations" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 01, 2012
  • "Contract negotiations: Utilizing a project-based approach to the business law classroom" Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Antonio, TX, March 01, 2012
  • "Outsourcing human reproduction: Embryos and surrogacy services in the cyber procreative era" Hawaii International Conference on Business, May 01, 2011
  • "How to get published" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, November 01, 2010
  • "Sweet tweets and sour musings: The workplace and social networking" Academy of Business Disciplines Conference, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, November 01, 2009
  • "Mothers Day special take away children" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2009
  • "Customized children: Built to order boys and genetically designed girls" Academy of Business Disciplines, November 01, 2008
  • "The potential rights and obligations of egg donors in the cyberprocreation era" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, April 01, 2008
  • "Reproductive technologies: To err is human... but at what cost to industry and society?" Academy of Business Disciplines Conference, Ft. Meyers, Florida, November 01, 2007
  • "Caveat vendor: Potential progeny paternity, and product liability online" Opus College of Business Research Seminar Series, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 01, 2007
  • "Writing for Journals: The do's and don'ts, the think-abouts, and the avoids (DDTA&A)" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 01, 2007
  • "Taxation and telecommuting: A new attack on employers" Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2007
  • "Employment Law Contact (Fantasy Football)" KARE-11 Interview, Minnesota, October 01, 2006
  • "Upstream: A call for federal regulation in gamete donation and transfer" Academy in Legal Studies in Business, St. Petersburg, FL, August 01, 2006
  • "The Impact of Cyberspace on Artificial Insemination Surfing" Academy in Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 01, 2006
  • "Signed, sealed and delivered, I'm yours... or am I? Family trees begin to shake" Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, CA, February 01, 2006
  • "The Perfect Storm of Constitutional Law: A Legal and Business Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Francisco, California, August 01, 2005
  • "'Same Old, Same Old, Not the Same: A Legal and Business Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage" Midwest Academy in Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, IL, March 01, 2005
  • "'Same Old, Same Old, Not the Same: A Constitutional Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage'" Huber Hurst Research Seminar, Gainesville, FL, February 01, 2005
  • "Who Are You, Really? E-Commerce Law and Identity Theft" Academy of Business Disciplines Conference, Ft. Meyers, Florida, November 01, 2004
  • "'Affirmative Action in the Wake of Proposition 209'" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Canada, August 01, 2004
  • "E-Commerce: Pyramid Schemes and Fraudulent Marketing Tactics--The FTC and Consumer Protection" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2004
  • "A Sequential Exercise in Demonstrating the Dangers of Arbitration" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2004
  • "Classroom Techniques and Business News Application" Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Cleveland, Ohio, November 01, 2003
  • "Utilizing Technology and Hard Copy: The Effectiveness of the Wall Street Journal in Business Law Courses" Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Cleveland, Ohio, November 01, 2003
  • "S.A.R.S. in the Workplace: A Big P.R.O.B.L.E.M.?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee, August 01, 2003
  • "Internet Exercises in Legal Environment" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2003
  • "Cross-border Telecommuting and Employers' Exposure to Out of State Regulation" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 2003
  • "The Duke of Earls: A Statutory Writing Exercise" Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Auburn Hills, Michigan, November 01, 2002
  • "The Impact of Stigma on Environmental Liability Claims" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 01, 2002
  • "Contingent Environmental Liability: The Enigma of Stigma" Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Chicago, Illinois, February 01, 2002