Dr. Nan Ellis

Professor of Law and Social Responsibility


Columbia 367


Nan S. Ellis is a Professor of Law and Social Responsibility in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management.  She received her law degree from The Ohio State University in 1977.  Her research interests concern law and public policy issues, with a focus on welfare policy.   After a ten year term as Department Chair, she is returning full time to the classroom in Fall 2005.  Her current teaching interests are in the areas of ethics and corporate social responsibility, business law and poverty law.  Working with Marketing Professor Dr. Gerard Athaide, she recently took graduate students enrolled in her International Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility class to Chile, where they visited such companies as Telefonica, Codelco and General Motors, along with the non-profit agency, Hogar de Cristo.

Academic Degrees

JD, The Ohio State University.
BA, The Ohio State University.

Representative Publications

Nan S. Ellis, Lisa Fairchild and Frank D'Souza, Conflicts of Interest in the Credit Rating Industry After Dodd-Frank: Continued Business as Usual?, Virginia Law and Business Review, 7 2012, 1-46.

Nan S. Ellis, Lisa Fairchild and Frank D'Souza, Is Imposing Liability on Credit Rating Agencies a Good Idea?: Credit Rating Agency Reform in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance, 2012.

Nan S. Ellis, Lisa M. Fairchild and Harold D. Fletcher, The NYSE Response to Specialist Misconduct: An Example of the Failure of Self-Regulation, Berkeley Business Law Journal, 7(1) 2010, 102-149.

Frank P. D'Souza, Nan S. Ellis and Lisa M. Fairchild, Illuminating the Need for Regulation in Dark Markets: Proposed Regulation of the OTC Derivatives Market, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, 12(2) 2010, 473-516.

Nan S. Ellis, The Class Action Fairness Act: Story Behind the Statute, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, 35(2) 2009, 76-112.

Nan Ellis, The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: The Story Behind the Statute, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, 76 2009.

Ellis, N. S., Employer-Based Training Programs for TANF Recipients: A Public Policy Examination, Fordham Urb. L.J., 32, (2005).

Ellis, N. S., Work is its Own Reward: Are Workfare Participants Employees Entitled to Protection Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?, Cornell Journal of Law and Policy, (2003).

Ellis, N. S., Individual Training Accounts Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: Is Choice a Good Thing?, Georgetown Journal on Law and Policy, 8, (2001).

Professional Memberships

Academy of Legal Studies in Business