Ellie Happel

Haiti Project Director and Staff Attorney  (email)

Ellie directs the Global Justice Clinic’s Haiti ProjectPreventing Violations and Advancing Human Rights in Haiti’s Emerging Mining Sector. As of the summer of 2017, Ellie is also a Staff Attorney with the Global Justice Clinic, where she is working with students to advocate for the rights of the Haitian immigrant community in New York. Ellie lived and worked in Haiti between 2012 and 2017.

Ellie is a 2011 graduate of NYU School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Kern scholar. Upon graduation, Ellie received the Arthur Helton Human Rights fellowship to work on cases of forced eviction in the internally displaced people (IDP) camps in Port-au-Prince. Between her year as a Helton fellow and joining the Global Justice Clinic, Ellie served as the Deputy Regional Voter Protection Director in Miami, Florida for the Obama campaign.

During law school, Ellie was a student advocate in the Global Justice Clinic and in the Equal Justice and Capitol Defender Clinic.  Ellie worked on a study of the relationship between violations of economic and social rights in the IDP camps of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince and represented individuals on Alabama’s death row in post-conviction appeals. For this work and other, Ellie received the multi-school Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the American Clinical Legal Education Association.

Prior to law school Ellie worked in environmental justice and public health in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, and Washington, D.C., and led experiential education programs for Where There Be Dragons. Ellie is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.