Daniel Ellman

Daniel Ellman

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Law; Director of Externships


Room 1228
(313) 577-1897

Daniel Ellman

  • Biography

    Daniel Ellman is the director of externships and an assistant professor (clinical). Prior to these appointments, Ellman taught Interviewing & Counseling and the Judicial Externship Colloquium at Wayne Law. Ellman entered academia at the University of Michigan in the Department of Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. His teaching career began as a bilingual fifth-grade teacher in Washington Heights, New York City as a member of Teach for America.

    After graduating law school, Ellman worked as a public defense attorney at the Bronx Defenders, the originator of holistic defense practice. In addition to litigating criminal cases, he focused on the intersection of the criminal justice system and other legal fields, including immigration, housing, employment, and family law. Ellman then clerked for the Hon. Richard H. Bernstein on the Michigan Supreme Court.

    Ellman earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he received a merit scholarship, a public service fellowship, and an outstanding achievement scholarship. He earned a master’s in teaching from Pace University and a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

  • Degrees and Certifications

    J.D., University of Michigan Law School
    M.S., Pace University School of Education
    B.A., Dartmouth College

  • Courses Taught

    Advanced Externship
    Holistic Defense Externship
    Interviewing & Counseling
    Judicial Externship: Colloquium
    Professional Responsibility and the Legal Profession

  • Accomplishments
    • Dan Ellman was named director of externships and assistant professor (clinical) at Wayne State University Law School.