J.S. Nelson

Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics)

Biography

   Professor Nelson joined the Villanova Law School faculty in 2017 as the Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics), and she holds a courtesy appointment in the Management & Operations Department of Villanova Business School. A scholar, legal consultant, and start-up advisor, Professor Nelson teaches and writes on issues related to business law, ethics, and white collar crime. She also works collaboratively with two of the Law School’s Centers of Excellence—the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance—to advance legal scholarship and teaching that lie at the intersection of ethics and business. Professor Nelson came to Villanova from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she has served since 2015 as a Senior Fellow at the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research. She also was an advisor in the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Professor Nelson has received numerous awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, including its 2016 Ralph Bunche Outstanding International Paper and its 2015 Outstanding Proceedings awards. Her scholarship has been published in both legal and business journals, including Harvard Law ReviewBerkeley Business Law Journal,Journal of Management InquiryCardozo Law ReviewJournal of Legal Studies in Business (forthcoming), and The Georgetown Law Journal. Her book co-authored with Lynn Stout, Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know, will be published by the Oxford University Press in 2018.

In addition to her roles at Penn and Stanford, Professor Nelson previously taught at the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, the Mihaylo School at Cal State Fullerton, and was a faculty mentor at the Haas Business School of the University of California at Berkeley.

Prior to her work in academia, Nelson served as staff counsel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She previously worked as a deputy district attorney and as a business litigator in Denver, Colorado. Nelson is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was the Supreme Court Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors and distinction in the major from Yale University.

Practice Experience

  • Judicial clerk for the Honorable William H. Yohn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Judicial clerk for the Honorable David M. Ebel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Staff Counsel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Deputy District Attorney, Denver District Attorney's Office
  • Business Litigator, firm formerly known as Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, P.C.
  • Started teaching in business and other schools from 2008

Office: Rm 240, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-6838
Fax: 610-519-6837
Email

Publications

Education

  • Harvard Law School, JD 
    (Supreme Court Co-Chair, Harvard Law Review; John E. Thayer University Prize for Most Meritorious Scholar; Irving R. Kaufman Public Service Fellowship; Samuel J. Heyman Fellowship Prize for Public Interest Work)
  • Yale University, BA 
    (honors and distinction in the major; Clement Prize for Best Senior Thesis on American Topic; Frank M. Patterson Prize for Research in Political Science; Block Fellowship for Research in Media and Government; Hugh P. Brady Prize for Outstanding Student from the Northwest)

Professional Writing Awards:

  • Ralph Bunche Outstanding Int’l Paper Award, Acad. of Legal Studies in Business (2016)
  • Outstanding Proceedings Award, Acad. of Legal Studies in Business (2015)
  • Outstanding Paper, Pacific Southwest Acad. of Legal Studies in Business (2014)
  • Best Paper Award, Western Acad. of Legal Studies in Business (2014 & 2016)
  • Distinguished Proceedings Paper, Acad. of Legal Studies in Business (2013)

Affiliations

  • LinkedIn
  • The Wharton School, Univ. of  Penn., Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, Senior Fellow
  • Ostrom Workshop, Research Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance, Indiana University Bloomington, External Affiliate
  • Proud member of the entrepreneurship law editorial team at EshipLaw.org