Amy Sweasy ’95


  • University of Minnesota, B.A.
  • University of Minnesota, J.D.

Amy Sweasy is a 1995 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a 1990 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She was a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for 28 years, most recently serving as a Principal Attorney leading the office's Complex Prosecution Unit which handled legally and/or factually complicated felony prosecutions and targeted prosecution resources to crimes requiring specialized expertise and significant attention. She has tried over 100 felony jury trials from theft to first-degree murder and has specialized in homicide, elder abuse, child abuse, violent crime, and police use-of-force cases. She has taught Trial Practice at area law schools for over 15 years, and since 2020 at the U of M. She teaches Evidence, Courtroom Evidence Practice, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Professional Responsibility  - Criminal Ethics, and Trial Practice at the Law School.  Amy also teaches an undergraduate Honors Seminar titled Understanding Police Use of Force, taught Criminal Justice Administration for the University of Minnesota - Crookston in 2024, and is a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and for the Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University of Law.  

Trial Practice


Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Professional Responsibility - Criminal Law Ethics

Courtroom Evidence Practice