Greg Swygert

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


Biography

Gregory Swygert is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Center on Wrongful Convictions in the Bluhm Legal Clinic.  He supervises second- and third-year law students in the representation of criminal defendants in various stages of post-conviction proceedings (including direct appeal, state post-conviction, DNA and fingerprint testing, federal habeas, executive clemency, and expungement), focusing on the Center on Wrongful Conviction’s mission of identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other miscarriages of justice.

Prior to joining the Clinical Faculty, he co-founded and served as partner at Ryan & Swygert since 2012, specializing in criminal defense and commercial litigation. Prior to his time at his firm, Mr. Swygert was a staff attorney for Illinois’ Office of the State Appellate Defender’s Capital Post-Conviction Unit, a unit dedicated to representing individuals on Death Row during their state post-conviction appeals. Before joining the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Mr. Swygert practiced as a plaintiffs’ civil rights attorney at the law firm of Loevy & Loevy in Chicago where he represented numerous plaintiffs in § 1983 civil rights lawsuits and the federal court-appointed administrator of Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Upon graduating from Northwestern University School of Law where he actively participated in Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Mr. Swygert joined the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana in New Orleans where he defended Louisiana’s death row inmates during their state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus appeals. Mr. Swygert also was a two-year law clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Criminal Law and Procedure


Education

  • BA, Duke University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Partner, 2012-2014, Ryan and Swygert, LLC
  • Staff Attorney, 2008-2011, The Office of the State Appellate Defender- Capital Post Conviction Unit
  • Staff Attorney, 2007-2008, Loevy & Loevy, A Civil Rights Law Firm
  • Law Clerk To The Hon. Arthur J. Tarnow, 2005-2007, United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
  • Fellowship/Staff Attorney, 2003-2005, The Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana

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