CCU Spotlights

Dr. Jenna Ellis

Jenna Ellis

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Leadership
School of Business and Leadership

  • J.D. (University of Richmond School of Law)
  • B.A. Technical Journalism (Colorado State University)
  • Licensed Attorney

Email: jellis@ccu.edu

Phone: (303) 963-3421

Biography

As a practicing attorney in criminal law and specializing in Constitutional law, Dr. Ellis joined CCU in 2015 as an affiliate faculty in CAGS. She teaches law, ethics, and leadership courses. Dr. Ellis is very honored to join CCU in July 2016 as full faculty for CUS in the School of Business and Leadership. She is developing CCU's Legal Studies Program, geared to best prepare students for success and ministry in law school and legal practice. As a part of this program, Dr. Ellis will also be developing and coaching CCU’s first Moot Court Team, which will help students in their speaking and writing skills through a national competition that provides experience learning about the American appellate court system.

Dr. Ellis will also contribute to the Centennial Institute as a Fellow in Constitutional Law and Policy.

As a Christian attorney, Dr. Ellis has endeavored to contribute to the biblical worldview of law, specifically 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.


Publications:

"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

Faith and Learning:

As a professor of legal studies and leadership courses, Dr. Ellis's view is that biblical Truth is where we begin, and integrate the learning of law and leadership 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.

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