Ira Ellman

Advisor, he/him

Ira Mark Ellman is currently Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, and Affiliated Faculty of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, a journal of the American Psychological Association. He was Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute’s 10-year project culminating in the publication of the treatise Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution.  His many empirical studies with social psychologists focused on understanding the principles that random samples of the American and British public believe would be fair to apply to the legal issues that arise when families, married or unmarried, dissolve. His 2015 article, “Frightening and High”: The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics, has been widely discussed in both legal publications and in key national media. Prior to his academic career he served as a law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court.