Visiting Professor of Law
J.D., Howard University School of Law
B.A., San Francisco State University
Professor Emma Coleman Jordan returns to King Hall as a Visiting Professor of Law in Spring 2013. She is best known for establishing the field of economic justice in legal theory, and for her work in financial services and civil rights. She recently released the second edition of her textbook, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity and Economics (2011), which is a capstone to a series of articles, chapters, and books she has written on the subject, which include: Beyond Rational Choice: Alternative Perspectives on Economics (2006); A Woman's Place is in the Marketplace: Gender and Economics (2006); When Markets Fail: Race and Economics (2006); Cultural Economics: Markets and Culture (2006). Her forthcoming projects concern economic justice and the impact of asymmetric legal representation in the foreclosure crisis.
Before joining Georgetown University Law Center, where she is currently on the faculty, she taught for twelve years at UC Davis School of Law. She began her teaching career at Stanford Law School as a teaching fellow. She has been active in the financial services field, serving as chair of the Financial Institutions Committee of the California State Bar, drafter of the statute to regulate bank check holding practices, and co-counsel in class actions challenging bank stop-payment fee charges. Her article, "Ending the Floating Check Game" grew out of this involvement. She organized the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services section of the AALS.
She is a past president of both the Association of American Law Schools and the Society of American Law Teachers. She was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 1984. Professor Jordan graduated first in her class at Howard University School of Law, serving as editor-in-chief of the Howard Law Journal. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University. She was a White House Fellow in 1980-81, serving as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. She was counsel to Professor Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.
Professor Jordan is a regular commentator on economic justice issues and the financial service industry, having made appearances on PBS, News Hour, NPR, Diane Rehm, and the Bill Moyers Show. She also has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, and the American Banker. Professor Jordan is the 2005 recipient of Clyde Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service. She serves as a frequent keynote lecturer and commentator, including presentations to the Annual Meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors and the New York University School of Law 2009 Derrick Bell Lecture.
Subject AreasBanking and Finance, Commercial Law, Critical Race Theory, Civil Rights, Women's Rights
Selected Career Highlights
- Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
- Past President, Association of American Law Schools
- Past President, Society of American Law Teachers
- Recipient of the Clyde Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service in 2005
- Elected to the American Law Institute in 1984
The Short End of the Stick: The Role of Race in Law, Markets, and Social Structures, (with Charles J. Ogletree, forthcoming).
Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics, (New York: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2011) (with Angela P. Harris).
A Woman's Place is in the Marketplace: Gender and Economics, (New York: Foundation Press 2006) (with Angela P. Harris).
Beyond Rational Choice: Alternative Perspectives on Economics, (New York: Foundation Press 2006) (with Angela P. Harris).
Cultural Economics: Markets and Culture, (New York: Foundation Press 2006) (with Angela P. Harris).
Teacher's Manual to Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity and Economics, (New York: Foundation Press 2006) (with Angela P. Harris).
Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics: Cases and Materials, (New York: Foundation Press 2005) (with Angela P. Harris).
Economic Justice: Thoughts on a Transformative Vision for Economic and Social Equality, 10 UDC/DCSL L. Rev. 137-143 (2007).
"Just Like a Tree Planted by the Waters, I Shall Not Be Moved": Charles Ogletree, Jr., and the Plain Virtues of Lawyering for Racial Equality, 22 Harv. BlackLetter L.J. 121-126 (2006).
The Non-Monetary Value of Reparations Rhetoric, 6 Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y Rep. 21-25 (2004).
Panel One: Movements in the Legal Academy, 5 Geo. J. Gender & L. 817-838 (2004) (with Wendy Webster Williams, Elizabeth Hayes Patterson, Pamela Bridgewater & Kylar Broadus).
A History Lesson: Reparations for What?, 58 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 557-613 (2003).
Crossing the River of Blood Between Us: Lynching, Violence, Beauty, and the Paradox of Feminist History, 3 J. Gender Race & Just. 545-580 (2000).
Welcoming Addresses and Overview of "To Promote the General Welfare: Ending Women’s Poverty", 7 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 193-198 (2000) (with Mel Fowler-Green & Kathy Rodgers).
Crossing the River of Blood Between Us: Lynching, Violence, Beauty, and the Paradox of Feminist History, in Mixed Race America and the Law: A Reader 36-40, (Kevin R. Johnson ed., New York: New York University Press 2003).
Race, Gender, and Social Class in the Thomas Sexual Harassment Hearings: The Hidden Fault Lines of Political Discourse, in Critical Race Feminism: A Reader 367-372, (Adrien Katherine Wing ed., New York: New York University Press 2d ed. 2003).