Keith Swisher, Phoenix School of Law

Great news about an Arizona law professor came my way this week. Keith Swisher of the Phoenix School of Law has garnered a prestigious honor from the American Bar Association. And I am proud also to add that Keith is a wonderful member of the Editorial Board of Arizona Attorney Magazine. So, of course, to us it’s no surprise.

Congratulations, Keith. Here is the news, as sent to me by the law school.


Assistant Law Professor Keith Swisher Honored For Professionalism and Ethics

Phoenix, Arizona (May 24, 2010) –  Phoenix School of Law Assistant Professor Keith Swisher is being honored with the American Bar Association’s 2011 Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award.  This is a national award, and it honors a young lawyer’s commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation. 

“Professor Swisher epitomizes professionalism and ethics in legal education, as well as the entire legal community,” said Shirley L. Mays, Dean of Phoenix School of Law.  “This is a tremendous honor for Keith, and I speak for the students, faculty and staff when I say how proud we are of him.” 

The award will be presented during the National Conference of Bar Presidents/National Association of Bar Executives annual award luncheon that will be held in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 5th in Toronto.  The Rosner & Rosner Award is presented along with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards.   PhoenixLaw received the Gambrell Professionalism Award in 2009 for its General Practice Skills Course.  

Professor Swisher joined Phoenix School of Law in 2009, and currently teaches Professional Responsibility and Torts. Prior to PhoenixLaw, Swisher was an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University College of Law where he taught Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility.  He also practiced law in Phoenix since 2005 with the firm Osborn Maledon.  He focused his practice on criminal defense, legal and judicial ethics, professional liability, and appeals.  Before joining Osborn Maledon, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable William C. Canby of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Swisher serves on the State Bar Professionalism Committee and was also appointed to the Ethics Committee (more formally known as the Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct). In addition, Swisher serves on the Editorial Boards of ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct (since 2008) and Arizona Attorney (since 2005).  Swisher has also been appointed to handle indigent criminal defendants’ federal appeals. 

About Phoenix School of Law

Phoenix School of Law is Arizona’s only law school offering full-time, part-time day, and part-time evening programs. The School received full approval from the American Bar Association in June 2010.  PhoenixLaw’s mission pillars are to provide student outcome-centered education, produce practice ready graduates, and serve the underserved. For more information about PhoenixLaw, visit or call 602-682-6800.