B.A., 1969, J.D., 1975, Rutgers University
Areas of Expertise
Ellen Yaroshefsky is Clinical Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Ethics Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She teaches professional responsibility courses, organizes ethics programs and is the director of Cardozo’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.
Yaroshefsky is a member of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, an independent monitor that investigates corruption and helps maintain integrity in state government.
She represents lawyers and law firms in criminal, civil and disciplinary matters and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics issues.
She serves as an ethics consultant and frequently lectures on topics involving the law of lawyering to a wide variety of bar associations and other groups. She is cochair of the Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, cochair of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the ethics advisor for the Prosecutorial and Judicial Complaint Center of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the advisory board of the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers Association and of New York State Bar Association Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, and has served on various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has received a number of awards for litigation and received the New York State Bar Association award for “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education.”
From 1975-82 she was a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Seattle, Washington. In 1982 she joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, litigating civil rights, criminal and international human rights cases. She was in private practice in New York from 1988-1992 and has been a full-time member of the Cardozo faculty since then.
Military Lawyering at the Edge of the Rule of Law at Guantanamo: Should Lawyers Be Permitted to Violate the Law, forthcoming Symposium Issue, Hofstra L. Rev. (2008)
State of Washington v. Sherrie Lynn Allery, Victory Despite Conviction in Michael E. Tigar and Angela J. Davis (eds.), Trial Stories, 13 (2008)
Secret Evidence is Slowly Eroding the Adversary System, 34 Hofstra L. Rev. 1063 (2006)
Classified Information and the Courts, Secret Evidence and the Courts in the Age of National Security, 5 Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal 1 (2006)
Conference Overview and Summary, The New York City Housing Court in the 21st Century, 3 Cardozo J.Pub. Policy, Law and Ethics Journal 591 (2006) (with Marilyn Flood)
Wrongful Convictions: It Is Time to Take Prosecution Discipline Seriously, Symposium, 8 U.D.C.
Law Review 275 (2004)
Introduction to the Cooperating Witness Conundrum, 23 Cardozo Law Review 747 (2002)
Session Four: Special Issues in Assisted Settlement, A Symposium: Ethical Issues in Settlement Negotiations, 52 Mercer Law Review 947 (2001)
Unethical Clauses in Settlement Agreements, New York Employment Law and Practice Vol 2, No. 1 (2000)
Litigation Ethics: Course Materials for Continuing Legal Education, Materials on Client and Witness Perjury, ABA Section of Litigation, (2000)
Cooperation with Federal Prosecutors: Experiences of Truth Telling and Embellishment, 68 Fordham Law Review 917 (1999)
Advertising: Targeted Mailings for Personal Injury and Criminal Clients, New York Professional Responsibility Reporter (June 1998)
How Future Lawyers Learn, Federal Bar Council News (1997)
Balancing Victim's Rights and Vigorous Advocacy for the Defendant, N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law 135 (1989)
The Tucson Trial and Its Legal Consequences of Asylum Seekers, 9 Proceedings of the National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugees (1986)
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Ellen C. Yaroshefsky in the news
- Feb 24, 2014 Youth Justice Clinic Submits Testimony to Congress on Solitary Confinement
- Feb 13, 2014 Stop Putting Kids in Solitary: Report
- Feb 13, 2014 “Rethinking Rikers” Report Proposes New Model for Youth Offenders
- Jan 6, 2014 Montco Defense Lawyer's Drug Arrest May Snarl Case
- Nov 14, 2013 Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Video)
- Feb 19, 2013 Chief Judge's Goals Would Protect Most Vulnerable