Assistant General Counsel, Division of Educational Equity and Research, and Agency Dispute Resolution Specialist
Kathryn A. Ellis is the Assistant General Counsel (AGC) for the Division of Educational Equity and Research (DEER) and the Agency's Dispute Resolution Specialist. She is responsible for managing attorneys who provide legal advice and services to the Secretary and Department offices on civil rights issues, and on programs for special education, vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, educational equity, and research. She is also responsible for overseeing the Department’s implementation of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act. Prior to this position, Ms. Ellis was the Deputy AGC for DEER. She also served as the Senior Counsel to the Deputy General Counsel for Program Service, where she assisted the Deputy General Counsel with legal matters that arose with that Deputyship, including providing legal advice for educational equity, and elementary and secondary education programs, and provided legal advice on information quality and international issues as they relate to Department programs and activities. From 1996-2000, Ms. Ellis was the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for the Business & Administrative Law Division, where she provided and supervised the provision of nationwide legal advice and representation on equal employment opportunity, personnel, information law, and other organizational and management issues. She also served as Special Counsel and Executive Assistant to the General Counsel (1993-1996), and as an attorney in DEER, where she provided legal services for several elementary and secondary education programs and represented the agency in administrative and Federal court litigation (1983-1993). Ms. Ellis was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1987.
Ms. Ellis received her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University in 1978, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Bars, and is active in the District of Columbia Bar and in several voluntary professional and community organizations.