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Emma Coleman Jordan

Professor of Law

B.A., San Francisco State University; J.D., Howard

Areas of Expertise:

Banking and Finance, Commercial Law

Professor Jordan is best known for establishing the field of economic justice in legal theory, and for her work in financial services and civil rights....

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Professor Jordan 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: “The Short End of The Stick: The Role of Race in Law, Markets and Social Structures” (2009); 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, At the Law Center she teaches courses in Federal Regulation of Banking: Modern Financial Institutions and Change; Commercial Law: Payments and Secured Transactions, and Contemporary Issues in Economic Justice.

Before coming to Georgetown, she taught for twelve years at the University of California, Davis. 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 Moyer Show CSPAN. 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.



Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • The Short End of the Stick: The Role of Race in Law, Markets, and Social Structures (Emma Coleman Jordan & Charles J. Ogletree eds., forthcoming).   
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, The Federal Reserve and a Cascade of Failures: Economic Inequality, Cognitive Narrowness, and Financial Network Theory, (working paper).    [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2011).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Emma Coleman Jordan, In Memoriam, Kathy Vaughns, Berkeley Pioneer and My Role Model, 74 Md. L. Rev. 418-419 (2015).    [W]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Professor Angela P. Harris: A Life of Power at the Intersection: When the Equality Walk Matches the Equality Talk, 47 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1081-1104 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • The Short End of the Stick: The Role of Race in Law, Markets, and Social Structures (Emma Coleman Jordan & Charles J. Ogletree eds., forthcoming).   
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, The Federal Reserve and a Cascade of Failures: Economic Inequality, Cognitive Narrowness, and Financial Network Theory, (working paper).    [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2011).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, A Woman's Place is in the Marketplace: Gender and Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Beyond Rational Choice: Alternative Perspectives on Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Cultural Economics: Markets and Culture (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Teacher's Manual to Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity and Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).   
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, When Markets Fail: Race and Economics (New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan & Angela P. Harris, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity, and Economics: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press 2005).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Emma Coleman Jordan, In Memoriam, Kathy Vaughns, Berkeley Pioneer and My Role Model, 74 Md. L. Rev. 418-419 (2015).    [W]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Professor Angela P. Harris: A Life of Power at the Intersection: When the Equality Walk Matches the Equality Talk, 47 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1081-1104 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Economic Justice: Thoughts on a Transformative Vision for Economic and Social Equality, 10 UDC/DCSL L. Rev. 137-143 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, "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).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, The Non-Monetary Value of Reparations Rhetoric, 6 Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y Rep. 21-25 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Wendy Webster Williams, Elizabeth Hayes Patterson, Pamela Bridgewater & Kylar Broadus, Panel One: Movements in the Legal Academy, 5 Geo. J. Gender & L. 817-838 (2004).    [HEIN]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, A History Lesson: Reparations for What?, 58 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 557-613 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Crossing the River of Blood Between Us: Lynching, Violence, Beauty, and the Paradox of Feminist History, 3 J. Gender Race & Just. 545-580 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Mel Fowler-Green & Kathy Rodgers, 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).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Emma Coleman Jordan, 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).    [BOOK]
  • Emma Coleman Jordan, Race, Gender, and Social Class in the Thomas Sexual Harrassment 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).    [BOOK]
Recent scholarship

In the News

An interview with Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C. Del.) appears in The Washington Post, November 22, 2017. The article also mentions Professors Emma Jordan and Susan Deller Ross.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan received the 2016 American Lawyer Award for Lifetime Achievement, October, 25, 2016. Her career was highlighted in an August 17, 2016 article in The American Lawyer.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, at a hearing entitled "Examining Legislative Proposals to Address Consumer Access to Mainstream Banking Services," September 27, 2016.

"Exit Strategies," coverage in The American Lawyer, September 1, 2016, mentioning Professor Emma Coleman Jordan as a 2016 Lifetime Achiever award recipient.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan was honored by The American Lawyer with a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Jordan was one of six lawyers recognized for their extraordinary careers at some of the country's most prominent law firms and other legal institutions, and whose public service contributions have had far-reaching impact. Honorees were featured in the August/September issues of The American Lawyer.

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An interview with Professor Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C. Del.) appears in The Washington Post, November 22, 2017. The article also mentions Professors Emma Jordan and Susan Deller Ross.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan received the 2016 American Lawyer Award for Lifetime Achievement, October, 25, 2016. Her career was highlighted in an August 17, 2016 article in The American Lawyer.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, at a hearing entitled "Examining Legislative Proposals to Address Consumer Access to Mainstream Banking Services," September 27, 2016.

"Exit Strategies," coverage in The American Lawyer, September 1, 2016, mentioning Professor Emma Coleman Jordan as a 2016 Lifetime Achiever award recipient.

Professor Emma Coleman Jordan was honored by The American Lawyer with a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Jordan was one of six lawyers recognized for their extraordinary careers at some of the country's most prominent law firms and other legal institutions, and whose public service contributions have had far-reaching impact. Honorees were featured in the August/September issues of The American Lawyer.

‘Confirmation’ — A cautionary tale for a new generation,” an opinion piece in The Boston Globe by Anita Hill, April 15, 2016, quoting Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

"12 of D.C.'s Top Women Lawyers," coverage by Bisnow, October 16, 2015, featuring the 2015 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awardees Professor Emma Coleman Jordan and alumnae Marna Tucker, L'65 and Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, L'75.

"2015 Margaret Brent awardee: Emma Coleman Jordan," coverage in The ABA Journal, August 3, 2015, quoting Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

"5 Women with Extraordinary Careers Honored by Margaret Brent Awards," ABA Journal, August 2, 2015, featuring Professor Emma Coleman Jordan

"Five Years On, Dodd-Frank Bank Rules Still Being Written," CNBC, July 17, 2015, featuring Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.  

"Georgetown Law School professor to receive Margaret Brent Award," Inside Counsel, July 14, 2015, featuring Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

How minorities' struggles affect everyone in R.I.,” coverage by the Providence Journal, May 17, 2015, quoting Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

"Viewers Riveted by Feisty Presidential Debate," coverage by the Associated Press, October 17, 2012, featuring Professor Emma Coleman Jordan.

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