Ezra Ross

Professor of Lawyering Skills
Ezra Ross


Lawyering Skills; Legal Profession


Ezra is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He helped develop the Federal Judicial Center's national legal writing program for federal judicial clerks, supervised dozens of trials through UCLA’s trial advocacy clinic, and worked with local public interest organizations to provide legal services to the Orange County homeless population.  He has written about the failure of law professors to embrace pro bono work, the causes of regulatory dysfunction, and the risks of empathic lawyering.

After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, Ezra served as a federal judicial clerk, practiced complex commercial litigation, and was named both a Super Lawyer-Rising Star and a Lawyer of Distinction.

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  • January 2024
    The Experiential Sabbatical: How a Semester in Practice Can Reignite Your Career and Inspire Your Students. AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., (panelist)
  • December 2023
    Ethics and the Future of Legal Writing. Legal Writing Institute, Vermont School of Law
  • July 2023:
    Storytelling and the Amoral Technician. Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, London, UK, (accepted).
  • July 2023:
    The Eclectic Collaboration.  Association of Legal Writing Directors, Biennial Conference, Irvine, California, (accepted).
  • December 2022:
    Legal Writing’s Hidden Moral Curriculum.  Legal Writing Institute, Seattle University School of Law, (selected as plenary talk).
  • Feb. 25, 2022:
    Featured Speaker, Creating and Administering an Interview Project for 1Ls: Benefits, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from COVID-19, Thomson Reuters Law School, Online
  • July 2022:
    Speaker, "Zero to One: Jumpstarting Faculty Pro Bono," Biennial Conference, Legal Writing Institute, Georgetown School of Law
  • December 2021:
    Presenter, "The Fourth Element: Pro Bono for Junior Law Faculty," LWI One-Day Workshop, U. of Oregon
  • July 2021:
    Speaker, "Two Portraits of Empathic Lawyering," Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, University of Michigan School of Law
  • February 2021:
    Speaker (with Rachel Croskery-Roberts), "Connecting Students to the Community Even When In-Person Experiences are Impossible: 1L Client Interviewing Opportunities in the Lawyering Skills Classroom," Nova Law Review/Legal Research & Writing Symposium
  • December 2020:
    Speaker, "Walking the Walk: Practicing the Skills We Teach," One Day Legal Writing Institute Conference, Mitchell Hamline School of Law