Stephen J. Ellmann, an award-winning author and legal educator, was an expert on South African law, legal ethics, clinical legal education and constitutional law. He held the Lester Martin Chair as Professor of Law at New York Law School (NYLS). During his lifetime, he was a staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center and held academic appointments with the Jones Law Institute, Harvard Law School, Columbia University School of Law, Hebrew University Faculty of Law and New York Law School where he taught for over 25 years.
In 2018 at NYLS’s Commencement, the school’s highest honour was conferred on Professor Ellmann – the President’s Medal. Since his passing in March 2019, Professor Ellmann’s contributions to South African legal scholarship and clinical legal education have been recognised by numerous awards and fellowships named in his honour.