Professor Jim Ellis was honored for more than 30 years of groundbreaking advocacy on behalf of the mentally disabled during a UNM School of Law tribute to his work on Oct. 25.
Highlighting the daylong celebration of Ellis' achievements, which include 18 amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of mentally disabled defendants, was a speech delivered by Anthony Amsterdam, a New York University law professor and one of the nation's foremost legal scholars, in praise of Ellis' work. The two law professors are longtime colleagues.
Ellis also was honored for receiving the Henry Weihofen Endowed Chair. Weihofen was a UNM law professor who taught criminal and constitutional law from 1948 to 1972. His son, Bill, also attended the event and was presented with an Acoma pot by Dean Suellyn Scarnecchia.
Following the speeches, Professor Rob Schwartz, also a recipient of the Henry Weihofen Endowed Chair, presented an hour-long CLE that further highlighted Ellis' many achievements.