Professor Sherwin specializes in jurisprudence, property, and remedies. She is the author of three books: Ames, Chafee, and Re on Remedies (with Theodore Eisenberg), Demystifying Legal Reasoning, and The Rule of Rules: Morality, Rules, and the Dilemmas of Law (both with Larry Alexander). In addition, she has published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews in her subjects of specialty.
She was a member of the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law from 1985 to 1990 and the University of San Diego School of Law from 1990 to 2003, when she moved to Cornell. She has also held visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law (where she received her J.D.).
She is a member of the advisory committee for the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, and a regular participant in roundtable conferences of the University of San Diego's Institute for Law and Philosophy.