For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

February 20, 2007

NYU Public Interest Law Director to Speak at UW Law School

Deborah EllisSEATTLE - The UW School of Law will host a lecture by Deborah Ellis, Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law at New York University, on Monday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 133. 

Dean Ellis directs both the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program. She currently teaches NYU’s Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, based at The Brennan Center. Previously, she taught Sex Discrimination Law for 10 years.

Prior to heading the PILC, she was an Acting Assistant Professor in NYU’s Lawyering Program. Before joining the Lawyering faculty, she had a varied public interest career, including four years as Legal Director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, where in 1992 she argued Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic before the United States Supreme Court. She also served as Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, and as a Staff Attorney at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and at the Southern Poverty Law Center. After law school Dean Ellis clerked for Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in Montgomery, Alabama. She is co-author of the ACLU book The Rights of Women and has spoken and published on women’s rights and public interest legal careers. She serves on the Advisory Council to PSLawNet (Public Service Law Network).

This event is part of the UW School of Law Gates Public Service Law Program.