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Hon. Ronald L. Ellis (Ret.)

United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Former United States Magistrate Judge
New York, NY, USA


HON. RONALD L. ELLIS, United States Magistrate Judge (ret.)

Judge Ellis has a degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and a law degree from New York University.  Following graduation from law school, Judge Ellis was admitted to the Patent Bar.  After a brief stint as a patent attorney, Judge Ellis joined the staff at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. in early 1976, where he specialized in fair employment class action litigation.  In 1984, Judge Ellis assumed the directorship of the Fund’s national litigation program in fair employment and held that post until 1990, when he became the Director of the Fund’s Poverty & Justice Program, which addressed the problems of families and individuals in poverty, including cases involving access to health care, school equity, low-income housing, and environmental justice. 

During his tenure at the Fund, Judge Ellis participated in numerous federal cases at the trial level in more than a dozen states, and in significant cases in various federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Ellis is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law, and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where he taught Employment Law for two years at the graduate level and Racism and American Law for ten years at the undergraduate level, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he taught a course in Blacks and the Law for three years.  Judge Ellis co-authored the chapter on “Achieving Race and Gender Fairness in the Courtroom” in The Judge’s Book (2nd ed. 1994).

During his twenty-four years on the bench, Judge Ellis had had more than 40 law clerks from a dozen law schools and more than 200 interns from more than twenty law schools.

Hon. Ronald L. Ellis (Ret.) is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison - Prison Litigation 2018, Friday, June 08, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison - Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison, Friday, June 08, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison - Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison, Friday, June 08, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison - Litigation Best Practices and Litigating Conditions of Confinement for Transgender Individuals in Prison, Friday, June 08, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prison Litigation 2018, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, New York, NY
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