Associate Professor of Law
Colleen Baker joined the law school faculty in 2010. She also holds a concurrent appointment as Assistant Professor of Finance in the Mendoza College of Business.
Professor Baker recently completed her Ph.D. in Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a Reuschlein Teaching Fellow at Villanova University School of Law in 2008. Previously, Professor Baker practiced in the areas of financial derivatives, securities, and banking with Allen & Overy in New York, NY. Before law school, she worked for Morgan Stanley in New York, NY and in Hong Kong as an information technology associate.
Professor Baker teaches and researches in the areas of banking law, corporate bankruptcy, derivatives, and negotiations and dispute resolution. Currently her work focuses on financial regulation, particularly in derivative markets.
Professor Baker received her J.D. and M.B.A from the University of Virginia School of Law and Darden School of Business. She earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in the Program of Liberal Studies (primary) and Philosophy (secondary).
Courses TaughtLAW 70114 – Banking Law (ND Only)
LAW 70115 – Corporate Bankruptcy
LAW 70727 – Negotiations
ScholarshipEvaluating Dodd-Frank and International Approaches to Clearinghouses, Central Banks, and Swap Lines (Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog)
The Federal Reserve’s Use of International Swap Lines 54 Ariz. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).
The Federal Reserve's Supporting Role Behind Dodd-Frank's Clearinghouse Reforms, 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. Online 177 (2013).
The Federal Reserve As Last Resort, 46 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 69 (2012).
Sovereign Wealth Funds, in Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice (John R. Boatright, ed.) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2010).
Regulating the Invisible: The Case of Over-the-Counter Derivatives, 85 N.D. L. Rev. 1287 (2010).
The Impact of Dirty Money on Global Capitalism, Thomas W. Dunfee and Colleen Baker, Business Ethics Quarterly, Volume 17, Issue 4 (2007)
The Fate of Human Capital Contracts in Bankruptcy in O’Halloran, Palacios Lleras, Halliday, and Bruner (eds.),
An Executive Briefing on Financing Human Capital (Charlottesville, VA: Batten Institute, 2004)
Areas of Expertise
- Corporate Bankruptcy