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Ronald L. Ellis

Ronald L. Ellis

United States Magistrate Judge Southern District of New York New York, New York


Judge Ellis was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge in 1993. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from New York University in 1975.

Born in Louisiana on Independence Day in 1950, Judge Ellis has dedicated most of his legal career to being a civil rights lawyer and activist with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund ("Fund"). From 1976 until his appointment to the bench in 1993, Judge Ellis focused on voting rights, health care, housing, education, environmental justice, and fair employment class action litigation. He served as the Director of the Fund's Fair Employment Program (1984-1990) and Director of its Poverty & Justice Program (1990-1993).

Judge Ellis has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. He has also lectured on various topics and co-authored "Achieving Race and Gender Fairness in the Courtroom" in The Judge's Book (2nd ed. 1994).

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