Atiba R. Ellis

Associate Professor of Law (2009)


Associate Professor Atiba R. Ellis focuses his research and writing on the law of democracy with a specific interest in voting rights law, and the intersection of democratic theory with race, class, and other critical legal perspectives. Before coming to WVU, Professor Ellis taught Legal Writing at the Howard University School of Law where he also co-directed the school’s Alternative Spring Break service-learning project which provided volunteer legal services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to entering the academy, Professor Ellis clerked for Judge James A. Beaty, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He then clerked for Judge Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Ellis practiced in the general litigation section of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, LLP, where he focused on antitrust litigation. While at Akin Gump, Professor Ellis regularly practiced pro bono in the Landlord-Tenant Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and assisted pro bono in the drafting comments on the 2004 Georgia voter identification law which were filed with the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. more...


Duke University School of Law
Juris Doctor, May 2000

Duke University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Masters of Arts, History, May 2000

Duke University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelors of Arts, cum laude, with Distinction in History, May 1996

Judicial Clerkships

The Honorable Theodore A. McKee
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Sept. 2001-September 2002

The Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr.
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Sept. 2000-July 2001

Scholarly Research

Teaching & Professional Experience

Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C.

Akin, Gump, Stmuss, Hauer & Feld, LLC Washington, D.C.

Operation Understanding D.C., Washington, D.C.

Atiba Ellis

Contact Information
Atiba Ellis
PH: (304) 293-4810
FX: (304) 293-6891
Room: 231

Bar Admissions
– North Carolina
– District of Columbia
– U. S. District Court,
   District of Columbia

Courses Taught
– Wills, Trusts
   and Estates,
– Property
– Election Law