Faculty Biography

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Marilyn J. Ward Ford

Professor of Law 
Neil H. Cogan Public Service Chair

BA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; JD, Rutgers University

Areas of expertise

  • Securities Regulation
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Native American Law
  • Agency and Partnership



Marilyn J. Ward Ford is a law professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she teaches courses and represents individuals and groups in cases that she considers interesting.

Students have assisted Ford in several cases, including: representation of a rap artist and member of a hip hop group, representation of a professional athlete, litigation of a case to prevent clear cutting by an international corporation on ancestral land in Alaska, securing retirement benefits for senior executives of a Fortune Global 500 corporation, obtaining pension benefits for a retired member of a national union, and representing a Native American tribe in the largest land claim case in the United States.

Before joining Quinnipiac, Ford worked for a Wall Street law firm, a human rights organization, and a Fortune Global 500 corporation.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


Marilyn J. Ward Ford, ANCSA: Sovereignty and a Just Settlement of Land Claims or an Act of Deception, 15 Touro L. Rev. 479 (1999)

Marilyn J. Ward Ford, Indian Country and Inherent Tribal Authority: Will They Survive ANCSA, 14 Alaska L. Rev. 443 (1997)

Marilyn J. Ward Ford, Twenty Five Years of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Self Determination or Destruction of the Heritage, Culture, and Way of Life of Alaska's Native Americans, 12 J. ENVTL. L. & LITIG 305 (1997)