Ellen Yaroshefsky is the Howard Lichtenstein Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
She teaches ethics courses and criminal procedure, organizes symposia, and writes and lectures in the field of legal ethics with a concentration upon issues in the criminal justice system. Ms. Yaroshefsky counsels lawyers and law firms and serves as an expert witness.
She is the longstanding co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and regularly advises NACDL lawyers around the country. She is the former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the Criminal Justice Section.
She serves on various national, state and local bar associations and formerly served as a Commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics and
From 1994-2016 she was a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Prior to joining the Cardozo faculty, she was an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, a public defender at the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association and then in private practice.
She has received a number of awards for litigation and received the New York State Bar Association awards for “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education” and for “A Lifetime in Legal Ethics.”