Ira Mark Ellman

Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor of Psychology
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation

Ira Ellman’s current scholarly projects include an empirical investigation into how people make judgments about appropriate legal rules, and he has recently been awarded a large grant from an English foundation to extend that work to the United Kingdom. He is a distinguished affiliated scholar with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Child and Youth Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Ellman was Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute's 10-year study, Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution, and is senior author of a leading text on family law. Before joining the College faculty, he served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, a legislative aide to Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, and a consultant to the California legislature. He recently returned from a semester as a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has previously visited at Hastings College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, the Earl Warren Institute, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society, at U.C. Berkeley. Professor Ellman has served on many legislative and judicial committees in Arizona concerned with family law and policy, including the Arizona Child Support Guidelines Committee. He has also written on health care law and was a founding member of the Bioethics Committee of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

Selected Works

American Law Institute, Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations (2002) (Ira Ellman, Chief Reporter, with Kate Bartlett and Grace Blumberg).

Ira M. Ellman and Tara Ellman, "Frightening and High" The Supreme Court's Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics, 30 Const. Comment. 495 (2015).

A Case Study in Failed Law Reform: Arizona's Child Support Guidelines, 54 Ariz. L. Rev. 137 (2012).

Ira Ellman, Sanford L. Braver, & Robert MacCoun, Abstract Principles and Concrete Cases in Intuitive Lawmaking, 36 Law & Hum. Behav. 96 (2012).

Ira Mark Ellman, Sanford Braver, and Robert J. MacCoun, Intuitive Lawmaking: The Example of Child Support, 6 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 69 (2009).

Ira Ellman and Tara Ellman, The Theory of Child Support, 45 Harv. J. on Legis 107 (2008).


Assistant: Estela Obregon

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Reed College (1967)

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

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