School of Business

Diane MacDonald, JD

Associate Dean

Diane MacDonald, JD Professor
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • J.D., With Distinction, Order of John Marshall, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, 1980
  • M.B.A., Finance, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • B.A., Cum Laude, Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1970

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Business Law
  • Business Ethics


  • Personal Finance: Tools for Decision Making co-authored with Julith Ramaglia, (South-Western College Publishing, 1999) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business, Managing Risk by Shifting it to Consumers: Responsible Business Behavior?, Hawaii (2012)

Selected Articles

  • "When risk management collides with enterprise sustainability." Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics 8(3), 2011: 56-66.
  • "A hybrid approach to teaching ethics to business school undergraduates." Journal of Learning in Higher Education 6(2), 2010: 61-70.
  • "Collecting personal information online: Best privacy policy practices." Journal of Digital Business 1(2), 2006: 15-27.
  • MacDonald, D ., & Ramaglia, J.. "Transborder privacy protection: Does it help U.S. consumers?." ALSB International Business Law Review 5, 2005: 16-35.
  • MacDonald, D. & Ramaglia, J.. "Teaching international business law: A liberal arts perspective." Journal of Legal Studies Education 22(1), 2004: 39-64.


  • Wells Fargo Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)
  • Dean’s Award for Service (2008-09; 2006-07)
  • Participant in Teagle Grant to internationalize the School of Business curriculum (2004)
  • SB Faculty Development Grant to prepare to teach International Business Law (2002)
  • SB Summer Research Grant (2011; multiple previous years)


Diane B. MacDonald, J.D., is teaching both undergraduate and graduate law classes. She is a practicing attorney licensed in the states of Illinois and Washington. Her primary areas of practice include acting as general counsel for start-up and privately held businesses, legal risk management for small to mid-sized businesses, and financial planning. Prior to obtaining her law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Professor MacDonald held various management positions at two Chicago metropolitan banking groups with responsibilities in commercial and consumer lending, investment management, and trust operations. Professor MacDonald’s publications include co-authoring the textbook Personal Finance: Tools for Decision Making published by South-Western College Publishing. She has also written a number of articles on privacy rights in the online environment, including “Collecting Personal Information Online: Best Privacy Policy Practices” published in the Journal of Digital Business (2006), and “Transborder Privacy Protection: Does It Help U.S. Consumers?” in the International Business Law Review (2005). You may view a copy of this article at Her articles have also appeared in the journals Employment Relations Today, the Journal of Professional Services Marketing, and The Journal of Legal Studies Education. In addition to academic writing, she has published articles on business and legal issues in publications such as Independent Business, Nation’s Business, and Executive Female magazines, and numerous other industry trade journals. Professor MacDonald is an avid traveler and recently traveled with a group of MBA students to France where they engaged in company visits to Michelin (based in Clermont-Ferrand) and Microsoft’s Paris office. They also enjoyed the cultural sites and French cuisine.