General Counsel, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Ellen C. Schell is Counsel for the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Previously, she was Counsel to The Legal Project, a not-for-profit legal assistance provider located in Albany, New York, and provided training and technical assistance to civilian attorneys and advocates working with military-related survivors of intimate partner violence. From 2006 – 2009, Ms. Schell was an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County, New York, where she had primary responsibility for prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault cases. Ms. Schell was also Legal Director at The Legal Project from 2001 until 2006, providing civil legal services to survivors of sexual assault, and supervising other legal services provided by the organization. Ms. Schell graduated from Albany Law School magna cum laude in 1993. Prior to law school, she worked in organizations providing direct assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ms. Schell’s free time is taken up with studying Seido karate and coaching a breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat team.