Professor of Law and Business Ethics
Expert Legal Consultant
J.S. Nelson is a professor of law and expert legal consultant with a deep, diverse background bridging law and business school. She holds the first tenure-track appointment in a U.S. law school specifically to teach business ethics and develop law-school curricula around the subject. She serves as an associate professor of law at Villanova Law School, has a courtesy appointment in Villanova Business School, and is a senior fellow at the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
She writes on business issues, the federal courts, and white collar crime. Her work has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Cardozo Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Berkeley Business Law Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Legal Studies in Business, and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal.
She is the co-author with the late Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law at Cornell Law School, of Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, Fall 2021).
BUSINESS ETHICS: WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW
(Oxford University Press, Fall 2021)
An authoritative and practical guide to business ethics by experts J.S. Nelson and Lynn A. Stout
Written for both businesspeople facing real-life dilemmas and students studying ethical questions, this succinct book uniquely surveys materials from moral philosophy, behavioral science, and corporate law, and shares practical advice.
Nelson and Stout cover a wide array of essential topics including the legal status of corporations, major ethical traps in modern business, negotiations, whistleblowing and liability, and best practices. Written in a short question-and-answer style, this resource provides engaging and readable introductions to the basic principles of business ethics, and an invaluable guide for dealing with ethical dilemmas.
J.S. Nelson is an expert source to speak on background or on the record on the subjects of business law, business ethics, corporate culture, white collar crime, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, developing news stories such as how workplaces have changed in response to restrictions from COVID-19 and the implications of workplace surveillance.
"Microsoft’s New ‘Productivity Score’ Lets Your Boss Monitor How Often You Use Email And Attend Video Meetings'"
CORNELL LAW REVIEW
105 CORNELL L. REV. 3, 101 (2020). Highlighted in Columbia L. Sch.'s Blue Sky, Duke L. Sch.'s Global Markets, and Harvard L. Sch.'s Just Money blogs. Selected for “Emerging Voices in Securities Regulation,” 2020 AALS Ann. Meeting.
"Management Culture and Surveillance"
Highlighted in Columbia L. Sch.’s Blue Sky and Duke L. Sch.’s Global Markets blogs. Featured in its own episode of Stanford L. Sch.’s Business Scholars podcast. Selected for “New and Emerging Voices in Workplace Law,” 2020 AALS Ann. Meeting.
UC DAVIS LAW REVIEW
"Disclosure Driven Crime"
Distinguished Proceedings Prize & Holmes Cardozo Award, 2017 Acad. of Legal Stud. in Bus. Highlighted in Oxford University’s Business Law and Columbia L. Sch.’s Blue Sky blogs. Re-posted by the Business Law Prof. blog. Selected for AALS Crim. Justice Roundtable, 2017 ABA Meeting; and “Emerging Voices in Securities Regulation,” 2018 AALS Ann. Meeting.