Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM

Associate Professor of Business

Professor Wells is an Associate Professor in the Business Department where she specializes in law and negotiation courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her legal courses focus on the laws affecting businesses, schools, employment, and healthcare.  Professor Wells holds an advanced degree in Taxation and is an EPFP Fellow through the Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg enabling her to also specialize in teaching Federal Taxation, Organizational Leadership, and Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution.  She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and is active in scholarship through the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and other professional organizations.

 

Education Background: 

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, L.L.M. in tax, May 1991
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., May 1987
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, May 1984


Areas of Interest:

Business Law, Tax Law, Employment Law, and Marketing Law with an emphasis on First Amendment issues and corporate law issues.


Representative Courses Taught:

BUS 101 – Financial Accounting
BUS 200 – Managerial Accounting
BUS 250 – Accounting Principles
BUS 342 – Business Law
BUS 441 – Coop in Business
BUS 442 – Coop in Business II
BUS 304 – Federal Taxation   
BUS 420 – Employment Law
MBA 502 – Accounting for the Workplace
MBA 518 – Managerial Communications
MBA 540 – Employment Law
MBA 610 – Legal Environment
PhD 801 – Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for Contemporary Leaders


Publications:

  • Sprague, R. and Wells, M.E, The Great Deplatforming: Can Digital Platforms Be Trusted As Guardians of Free Speech?, (2021, January 29), Promarket.org.
  • The Supreme Court as Prometheus: Breathing Life into the Corporate SuperCitizen. Co-authored with Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming; published in the Fall 2012 volume of the American Business Law Journal (ABLJ). The ABLJ is listed in Cabell’s guide and has an acceptance rate of less than 5%. The ABLJ is the top-rated journal in the Business Law field and is ranked in the top 5% of all US refereed law journals. 
  • Planning in Reverse: A Viable Approach to Organizational Leadership, co-authored with Scott Ballantyne and Beth Berret, published by Rowman & Littlefield Education in March 2011.
  • Regulating online commercial speech: Oh, what a tangled web. Co-authored with Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming; published in the Fall 2010 volume of the American Business Law Journal (ABLJ). 
  • Regulating online commercial speech: Oh, what a tangled web. Co-authored with Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming; National Proceedings for the 84thAnnual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2009, Denver, Colorado
  • 21st Century Commercial Speech: A Mix of Buzz Marketing, Immunity, and Deceptive Trade Practices. Co-authored with Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming; National Proceedings for the 83rdAnnual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2008, Long Beach, California
  • Purchasing the Right to Pollute: Economic marvel, ethical minefieldor both?National Proceedings for the 82nd Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2007, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Abrogating public employees’ right to dissent: free speech in the public sector after Garcetti v. Ceballos –2007 Business Law Review

Paper Presentations:

  • Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns in the Use of Facial and Voice Recognition Technology, Presented at Academy of Legal Studies in Business, August 2018, Montreal, Canada
  • Integrating Service-Learning into a Business Curriculum, presented at the 88th Annual International Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2014, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Self-Regulation of Business Programs as Influenced by Higher Education Reform Proposals, co-authored and co-presented with Suzanne Palmer; presented at 89th Annual International Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2014, Seattle, Washington
  • Comparing the Intensity of Student Attitude and Perception ChangesToward Foreign Countries co-authored with Scott Ballantyne, Beth Berret and Robert Gannon; presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association 34nd Annual Conference, February 2011, Sarasota, Florida
  • Regulating online commercial speech: Oh, what a tangled web Co-authored with Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming; National Proceedings for the 84th Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2009, Denver, Colorado
  • Investigating the Need for Contingent Faculty Inclusion in Shared Collegiate Governance to Maintain Faculty Leadership in the Academy presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association 32nd Annual Conference, February 2009, Sarasota, Florida
  • Purchasing the Right to Pollute: Economic marvel, ethical minefield or both? Presented at the international 82nd Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2007, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Abrogating public employees' right to dissent:free speech in the public sector after Garcetti v. Ceballos presented at North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association March 2007, Salem State College, Salem, Massachusett
  • Protecting children from video game sex and violence: what constitutes narrow tailoring of the sales legislation? Entertainment Software Association, et al. v. Blagojevich presented at the regional meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business, March 2007, St. Michaels, Maryland
  • Whistleblowing by public employees after Garcetti v. Ceballos presented at the international 81st Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2006, St. Petersburg,Florida
  • Purchasing the Right to Pollute: A review of issues attendant to the creation of pollution rights presented at the regional meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business, March 2006, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Responses and Results of Middle/Junior High School and High Schools Under the Parental Involvement Guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act paper presented at the Eastern Education Research Association annual conference, February 2005, Clearwater, Florida
     

Presentations:

  • Free Speech, Hate Speech and Academic Freedom, Presented at Academy of Legal Studies in Business, August 2017
  • Business School Curriculum in the United States, Beifang University of Nationalities, Yinchuan, China, June 2016
  • Financial Accounting Course Presentation, Beifang University of Nationalities, Yinchuan, China, June 2016
  • Getting Back in or Changing the Game. Presented at the Berks County Women2Women Spring Exposition, April 26, 2016
  • Ethics, Negotiation and the Impact of Gender.  Co-presented with Daria LaTorre, Esquire to Berks County Women2Women, February 11, 2014.
  • Implementing planning-in-reverse in corporate entities that have recently completed mergers and acquisitions.  Co-authored and co-presented for Red Lion Controls, Inc. York, PA. Presentation adapted from our book "Planning in Reverse" published in February 2011 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. February 2012
  • Attended Aspen Wye Fellows Leadership Seminar, Queenstown, Maryland, July 2010 and co-presented a faculty discussion regarding the seminar at the August 2010 faculty seminar at Alvernia.
  • Ethics in Business, day seminar presented to Focused, LLC leadership forum, July 2009
  • Ethics in Business, day seminar presented to SFS Intec, Inc. in conjunction with the Business Management Leadership Program at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, October 2006 and March 2007
  • The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA:  September 2005
  • How to be Good, An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, March 2005The Impact of Corporate Scandals on American Business:  Corporate Structure and American Equity Markets; An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, March 2003

 

Seminars:

  • Citizenship in the American and Global Polity: an interdisciplinary seminar for college and university faculty through the Aspen Institute, a Wye Faculty Leadership Seminar presented at the Wye River Conference Center in Queenstown, Maryland in July 2010
  • Negotiation Pedagogy @ The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School 2009 Mediation Pedagogy Conference – May 15-16, 2009


Encyclopedia Articles:

  • Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, SAGE Publishers, second edition 2017, first publication October 2007

Articles:

Emissions Trading
Incipiency Doctrine
Lemon Laws
Pollution Right
Prudent Investor Rule


Offices:

  • Director, O'Pake Institute Academic Services 2021-22
  • President, Faculty Council 2020-21
  • Chair – Educational Technology Task Force 2017-2018
  • Chair – Rank and Tenure 2010-2011 academic year
  • Chair – Alvernia University Business Department 2006 - July 2013
  • Articles Reviewer – American Business Law Journal – September 2013 - Present
  • Articles Editor – Atlantic Law Journal – 2008 - Present
  • President and Program Chair – 2008-2009 – Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
  • First Vice President 2007-2008 – Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
  • Second Vice President 2006-2007 - Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
  • Chair - 2005-2006 – Academic Standards Committee, Alvernia College
  • Secretary-Treasurer - 2005-2006 - Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business

 

Contact Information

Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM

Associate Professor of Business

Bus/Comm Bldg, Room 4

Phone: 610.568.1442

Fax: 610.796.8292

maryellen.wells@alvernia.edu

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