Ira Mark Ellman

Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law,

Affiliate Professor of Psychology,And

Fellow, Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology



Sandra Day O'Connor
College of Law
Arizona State University
P. O. Box 877906
Tempe, AZ  85287-7906
Phone: (480) 965-2125   
Fax: 480-320-4092
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Biographical Sketch

B.A., Reed College (1967)

M.A., Psychology, University of Illinois (1969)

J.D., University of California, Berkeley (1973)

Professor Ellman’s principal scholarly interests are in Family Law, and the use of social science in policymaking by legislatures and courts. He served as Chief Reporter and the Justice Ammi Cutter Reporter of the Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution, published in 2002 by the American Law Institute, and is the senior author of a leading text on family law. His recent work, in collaboration with social psychologists, has focused on an empirical investigation into people's judgments about the obligations the law should require of famiily members to one another. While a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2013, he developed plans for a comparative project extending this work to England. Funded by a grant of £196,000 from the Nuffield Foundation in London, that work is now nearing completion. Professor Ellman is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Child and Youth Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He participated as an official Observer on the Drafting Committee that prepared a new uniform laws on premarital agreement, adopted i 2013 by the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Ellman served as a law clerk for Justice William O. Douglas of the United States Supreme Court, a legislative aide to Senator Adlai Stevenson III, and a consultant to the California legislature. He also practiced law in San Francisco. Professor Ellman has been a member of the faculty at Arizona State University Law School since 1978. He has visited for a semester or more at the Hastings College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, and both the Earl Warren Institute, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society, at U.C. Berkeley, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.

In addition to his principal interests, Professor Ellman has also written on Nonprofit Corporations, Bioethics, and Health Care Financing. He was a founding member of the Bioethics Committee of the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He has served on a variety of statewide committees dealing with various aspects of family law and policy, including most recently the Arizona Child Support Guidelines Committee..

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