Angel Law | Law Offices of Frank P. Angel

Angel Law Welcomes Its Newest Member!

Angel Law is proud to announce that Ellis Raskin, J.D., has joined its environmental and land use law practice as a law clerk on September 8, 2015. Ellis graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he received CALI awards for the highest grades in the Public Law and Policy Work Group, the Environmental Law Seminar, and Criminal Procedure.

Before joining Angel Law, Ellis served as an extern to the Honorable Goodwin Liu at the Supreme Court of California, where he gained unique insights into the ways in which California’s highest court reviews environmental issues. Ellis also served as a Summer Law Clerk in 2014 for the Alameda County Counsel, assisting agency attorneys evaluate county zoning procedures and Clean Water Act compliance for county stormwater systems. There, he also worked on appellate briefs in cases pending in both state and federal courts.

In law school, Ellis was recognized for his appellate advocacy skills in several moot court competitions and was named 2014-2015 Moot Court Student of the Year. Ellis earned three brief-writing awards and two oral advocacy awards, and he is particularly proud of serving as student coach for the quarterfinalist team at the 2015 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.

“With the top quality advocacy work that is demanded of us to meet our clients’ expectations and the multifaceted challenges that arise in environmental, land use and good government legal battles, Angel Law’s hiring criteria are as rigorous as any,” said Frank P. Angel.  “Ellis passed Angel Law’s hiring test with flying colors, and we are extremely excited he is joining the team.” 

Ellis also served as the Managing Editor of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and has published several articles on topics relating to environmental law and litigation. His published works include: The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California , 21 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 113 (2015); ‪Report: ‬California Law at the Intersection of Water Use and Land Planning , Public Law Research Institute (2015); and Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons From California’s Global Warming Solutions Act , 47 Urb. Law. __ (forthcoming 2015).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Ellis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Occidental College. He is also a Master of Arts candidate at San Francisco State University’s prestigious philosophy program, where he will defend his thesis this fall. Before beginning his career in the law, Ellis worked as a high school sports coach and taught philosophy at San Francisco State University.

Ellis can be reached at
Telephone: (310) 314-6433.

Ellis F. Raskin