Kathy Swedlow is a professor of law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and co-director of the Thomas M. Cooley Innocence Project. The Cooley Innocence Project, which began its operations in 2001, is responsible for the first DNA exoneration under Michigan's post-conviction DNA testing statute. Professor Swedlow is well known for her representation of death-sentenced prisioners, winning new trials and penalty hearings for her clients in both the state and federal courts. An experienced post-conviction litigator, Professor Swedlow has also obtained numerous stays of execution, conducted guilt and penalty phase evidentiary hearings, and briefed a wide variety of complex mental health issues.
Professor Swedlow has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty Law, and Moot Court. She also serves as a contributing editor for the American Bar Association's Preview of United States Supreme Court Decisions.