Colleen Baker

Contact Information

  • Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Price College of Business
  • Affiliate Faculty, College of Law


B.A., University of Notre Dame

M.S., Carnegie Mellon University

J.D./M.B.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Banking and Financial Institutions Law and Regulation
  • Clearinghouses for Over-the-Counter Derivatives
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Negotiation and Mediation)
  • Business Ethics


Professor Baker is an expert in banking and financial institutions law and regulation, with extensive knowledge of over-the-counter derivatives, derivatives clearing, the Dodd-Frank Act, and bankruptcy, in addition to being a mediator.

Prior to OU, she spent time at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Business School, the University of Notre Dame Law School, and Villanova University Law School. She has consulted for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and for The Volcker Alliance, in addition to having worked as a legal professional and as an information technology associate. Professor Baker is a member of the State Bars of New York and Texas.

Additional Information


The Impacts of Financial Regulations: Solvency and Liquidity in the Post-Crisis Period


J. of Fin. Reg. and Compl., Vol. 25 Issue: 3, pp.253-270

Clearinghouses for Over-the-Counter Derivatives, Working Paper for The Volcker Alliance


When Regulators Collide: Financial Market Stability, Systemic Risk, Clearinghouses, and CDS


10 VA. L. & Bus. Rev. 343

Regulatory Reforms and Unintended Collisions: The Case of the Volcker Rule and the Over-the-Counter Derivative Markets


10 Cap. Mat. L. J. 433

The Federal Reserve's Supporting Role Behind Dodd-Frank's Clearinghouse Reforms


3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. Online 177

The Federal Reserve’s Use of International Swap Lines


55 Ariz. L. Rev. 603–654

The Federal Reserve as Last Resort

46 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 69–133

Regulating the Invisible: The Case of Over-the-Counter Derivatives


85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1287–1378

A Primer on Dodd-Frank’s Title VIII, in The First Great Financial Crisis of the 21st Century: A Retrospective


George Kaufman and James Barth, eds.

Evaluating Dodd-Frank and International Approaches to Clearinghouses, Central Banks, and Swap Lines

July 2013

Column L. Blue Sky Blog

Charting a Course in Clearing

Spring 2011

Notre Dame Center for the Study of Financial Regulation

Newsletter No. 5

Sovereign Wealth Funds


Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in the Theory and Practice, pp. 253–271

John R. Boatright ed.

The Impact of Dirty Money on Global Capitalism


Business Ethics Quarterly

Volume 17, Issue 4, pp. 729–742

The Fate of Human Capital Contracts in Bankruptcy


An Executive Briefing on Financial Human Captial, pp. 80–93

Professional Associations

Professor Baker is a member of the State Bars of New York and Texas.

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