Dr. Jenna Ellis
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Communication
School of Humanities and Sciences
- J.D. (University of Richmond School of Law)
- B.A. Technical Journalism (Colorado State University)
- Licensed Attorney
Phone: (303) 963-3421
As a practicing attorney in criminal law and specializing in American constitutional law, Dr. Ellis has extensive experience in litigation in both trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining CCU's faculty, she has served as a deputy district attorney, private counsel, and counsel for the U.S. Department of State and Department of the Navy. She brings extensive knowledge and experience of the judicial system and constitutional law on both the state and federal levels. Dr. Ellis directs CCU's Legal Studies Program and also serves as CCU's undergraduate Moot Court Team coach. She teaches Communication courses in media law and communication.
Dr. Ellis also contributes to the Centennial Institute as a Fellow in Constitutional Law and Public Policy. She has extensive experience and background in media and communication, and is a frequent contributor to national publications and radio and television media commentary. Dr. Ellis also is regularly called upon for expert legal analysis and testimony in legislative matters on behalf of Centennial Institute and the university.
As a Christian attorney, Dr. Ellis endeavors to contribute to the biblical worldview of law, specifically teaching Constitutional law. In Dec. 2015, she published "The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Constitutional Crisis" (WestBow Press 2015). Her book provides a biblically centered argument that discusses why all law is inherently moral and the legal reasons that Christians can advocate for biblical morals within Constitutional law.
"The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America's Constitutional Crisis" WestBow Press, Dec. 2015
"Give the People Their Day in Court" The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 5, 2012
"Supreme Court: Unregulated abortion more important than women’s health" The Strident Conservative, June 27, 2016
"The Supreme Court just rubber stamped racial discrimination" The Strident Conservative, June 25, 2016
"Orlando aftermath – Two wrongs do not make an LGBT Right" The Strident Conservative, June 14, 2016
"Three things you must know when dealing with the gender identity issue" The Strident Conservative, May 23, 2016
"'Gender identity' is meaningless to the law" The Strident Conservative, May 16, 2016
"Dear Conservatives, Libertarianism is not the political ideology you’re looking for" The Strident Conservative, May 12, 2016
"Gender and sex: Defining our terms" The Strident Conservative, May 4, 2016
"The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution" Centennial Review, April 2016
"Top 5 issues following Justice Scalia’s death" Convention of States Project, February 15, 2016
"Constitutional ignorance has created a moral crisis in America" The Strident Conservative, February 9, 2016
"Government May Protect Our Unalienable Rights--It Doesn't Grant Them" National Review, Feb. 2017
"How Washington State violated inalienable rights in forcing a florist to pay a fine for not serving a gay wedding" Washington Examiner, Feb. 2017
"'Women's March' feminists want entitlements, not equality" The Hill, March 2017
Faith and Learning:
As a professor of legal studies and communication courses, Dr. Ellis's view is that biblical Truth is where we begin, and integrate the learning of law and media into our Christian worldview. We must start with the premise "Truth is" and work from there to glorify God in all aspects of our vocation. CCU's Strategic Objectives integrate faith and learning from the premise that everything we do is because of God's Truth.