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Nancy Zisk

Professor of Law
Professor Nancy L. Zisk teaches Torts, Employment Discrimination, and Equity and Equitable Remedies at Charleston School of Law.

Experience & Activities

In May 2021, Professor Zisk was appointed the law school’s first Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development. She speaks and publishes in the areas of employment discrimination, equal pay, affirmative action, and bioethics in health care. She is the author of several articles on the issues of race and gender in the workplace and college and graduate school education, including:

“The Road Map to Attaining Diversity in the Workplace: How Race-Conscious Admissions Programs in Education Can Lead the Way,” 59 San Diego Law Review 325 (Spring 2022); Author, “Why a Consideration of Race Is Important to Medical School Admissions,” 49 Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 181 (2021); coauthor, “Responsibility for Structural Racism in Medicine: Reflections and Recommendations from One Institution,” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: a Journal of Qualitative Researchforthcoming Spring 2021;  “The Future of Race-Conscious Admissions Programs and Why the Law Should Continue To Protect Them,” 12 Northeastern University Law Review 56 (2020); “Embracing Race-Conscious College Admissions Programs: How Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Redefines “Affirmative Action” as a Holistic Approach to Admissions that Ensures Equal, Not Preferential, Treatment,” 100 Marquette Law Review 835 (2017); “Following the ‘Pathmarkers’ From Bakke to Fisher to Understand How Race-Conscious Admissions Programs May Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny,” 30 Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice 1 (2014); “What Is Old Is New Again: Understanding Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., and The Case Law That Has Saved Age Discrimination Law, 58 Loyola Law Review 795 (2012); “Failing the Test: How Ricci v. DeStefano Failed to Clarify Disparate Impact and Disparate Treatment Law,” 34 Hamline Law Review 27 (2010-2011); “Lilly Ledbetter, Take Two: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Discovery Rule’s Place in the Pay Discrimination Puzzle,” reprinted in Women and the Law, Jane Campbell Moriarty, ed., West Publishing (2010); “In the Wake of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: Applying the Discovery Rule to Determine the Start of the Limitations Period for Pay Discrimination Claims,” 16 Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 137 (January 2009).

Professor Zisk has also authored articles on bioethics in health care, including “A Physician’s Apology: An Argument Against Statutory Protection,” 18 Richmond Journal of Law And The Public Interest 369 (2015); “Investing In Health Care: What Happens When Physicians Invest and Why the Recent Changes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Fail to Protect Patients From Their Physicians’ Self Interest,” 36 Seattle University Law Review 189 (Fall 2012); “The Limitations of Legislatively Imposed Damages Caps: Proposing a Better Way to Control the Costs of Medical Malpractice,” 30 Seattle University Law Review 119 (Fall 2006).

In 2006, Professor Zisk was named “professor of the year” by students and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by the school and served as Associate Dean for two years.

Prior to coming to Charleston, Professor Zisk was an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., where she taught Remedies.

She also has been in private practice, with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and Ross, Dixon & Masback, both in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in employment and complex insurance coverage litigation. She was also a sole practitioner in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Academic Credentials

  • Duke University, J.D.
  • Duke University, B.A.