Biography

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.