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Hon. Sara L. Ellis

Title/s:  United States District Court Judge

Phone: 312.435.5560


The Honorable Sara L. Ellis is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.  She was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama in October 2013.  Judge Ellis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Indiana University, and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She worked as a staff attorney at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago from 1994 to 1999.  From 2000 to 2004 and 2008 through 2013, she worked in private practice in civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.  From 2004 to 2008, she served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law, handling claims for injunctive relief and civil rights lawsuits. 


JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1994
BA, Indiana University, Political Science and Religious Studies, 1991

Courses Taught

Federal Criminal Practice