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Hon. Ellen M. Yacknin
Candidate for the
City Court, City of Rochester

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Candidate Biography
Personal Statement
  • As a City Court Judge since 2003, I have presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases. Because of their legal significance, over 35 of my decisions are published. I routinely mentor student law clerks, and I serve on Monroe County’s Public Sector Mental Health Committee. I regularly volunteer with Rochester’s Teen Court and the Trial Moot Court programs of the Boy Scouts Explorers and Cornell Law School. Before taking the bench, I was Senior Attorney at Rochester’s Greater Upstate Law Project where I litigated many precedent-setting complex class actions. In recognition of my work, I received the New York State Bar Association’s Haywood Burns Award for Civil Rights and Justice, the New York Children’s Defense Fund Award for Outstanding Service to Children, and Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. Previously, I was Managing Attorney of Prisoners Legal Services in Buffalo, Immigration Law Clinic Instructor at SUNY at Buffalo Law School, Law Clerk to Federal Chief Judge John Curtin in Buffalo, and Welfare Attorney at Pennsylvania Legal Services Center. I am Past President of AIDS Community Health Center, Inc. in Rochester.
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  • Qualified
Party Membership
  • Democrat
Party Line
  • Democrat
Campaign Web Site
  • Cornell University School of Law, JD, 1977
  • Grinnell College, BA, 1974
Admitted to Bar
  • New York 1983
  • Pennsylvania 1977
  • Rochester City Court Judge
Professional Experience
  • Senior Litigation and Health Attorney Greater Upstate Law Project Rochester, NY
  • Managing Attorney Buffalo Office of Prisoners' Legal Services Center Buffalo, NY
  • Immigration Law Clinic Instructor SUNY at Buffalo Law School Amherst, NY
  • Confidential Law Clerk to Chief Judge John T. Curtin US District Court for the Western District of New York Buffalo, NY

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