Ellen C. Yaroshefsky

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law

Director, Youth Justice Clinic

Director, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP)


B.A. 1969, J.D. 1975, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise

Civil Rights
Criminal Law
Prisoners' Rights
Professional Responsibility


Ellen Yaroshefsky is a clinical professor of law, the executive director of the Jacob Burns Ethics Center, and the director of the Youth Justice Clinic. She teaches professional responsibility courses, organizes ethics programs and is the director of Cardozo’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.


Professor Yaroshefsky 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 co-chair of the Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, co-chair 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 to 1982 she was a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Seattle, Washington. In 1982, Professor Yaroshefsky 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 to 1992 and has been a full-time member of the Cardozo faculty since.  




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)