Barbara M. Szweda joined the LMU faculty as an Associate Professor Law. She is a
graduate of Lawrence University in Wisconsin and received her law degree from Pepperdine
University’s School of Law. For ten years, Professor Szweda was a trial attorney in Los
Angeles and Oklahoma. Her practice areas included trial and appellate litigation in state
and federal courts with principal practice areas including business litigation, oil and
gas, antitrust, copyright infringement, product liability, personal injury and medical
and legal malpractice. 

From there Professor Szweda accepted a teaching position at the University of Notre
Dame’s Law School where she taught Immigration Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, as well as
skills courses and Poverty Law courses for seventeen years. Professor Szweda is a firm
believer in the importance of experiential learning to round out students’ study of law.
This belief comes from directing both the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic for twelve years
and the Notre Dame Immigration Clinic for sixteen years, as well as supervising students
in the areas of family law, public benefits and immigration and asylum law. 

Professor Szweda came to us most recently from Utah, where she was the legal director for
Utah Health and Human Rights, a center for survivors of torture, war and civil unrest.
She was also the policy advisor for the ACLU of Utah and championed the protection of
civil rights of all people to the Utah State Legislature. While in Utah, Professor Szweda
worked closely with the Immigration Court and the other pro bono initiatives sponsored by
the law school and the Bar Association to provide training to attorneys and
representation to indigent immigrants. Her love of teaching brought her to LMU where she
is teaching in the Lawyering Skills program and the Academic Success Program.