Colleen Baker

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 3101 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.2306
Fax: 574.631.8078
Staff Assistant: LuAnn Nate
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Colleen Baker joined the law school faculty in 2010 and holds a concurrent appointment as an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Mendoza College of Business. She is also a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Professor Baker teaches and researches in the areas of banking and financial institutions law, corporate bankruptcy, over-the-counter derivatives, negotiations, and business ethics. Her work has been published in the Notre Dame Law Review, the Arizona Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Harvard Business Law Review Online, and the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog.

Professor Baker received a PhD in Legal Studies and Business Ethics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a JD/MBA from the University of Virginia. In 2008, she was a Reuschlein Teaching Fellow at Villanova University School of Law. Professor Baker practiced in the areas of financial derivatives, securities, and banking with Allen & Overy in New York, NY. She also worked for Morgan Stanley in New York, NY and in Hong Kong. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Courses Taught

LAW 70114 – Banking Law (ND Only)
LAW 70115 – Corporate Bankruptcy
LAW 70727 – Negotiations


Evaluating 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, 55 Ariz. L. Rev. 603–654 (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

  • Banking
  • Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Derivatives