Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

Bulletins - Winter 2014 OPDV Bulletin

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OPDV Welcomes New General Counsel    

Headshot of Ellen Schell, General Counsel

Hi!  I’m Ellen Schell, OPDV’s new General Counsel.  I came to OPDV after about ten years with The Legal Project, an Albany-area not-for-profit legal services organization.  At The Legal Project, I served as legal consultant on a national grant providing technical assistance to attorneys representing military-related survivors of intimate partner violence, as well as working on policy matters important to survivors. I was also a prosecutor in Essex County, NY, for two and a half years.

I am extremely passionate about using our legal system to help victims and survivors, and about working with advocates, law enforcement, and civil legal assistance providers to make that happen. 

I have the honor of supervising some exciting OPDV initiatives – law enforcement training, home visiting program, high risk response team, and the statewide fatality review -- as well as working on OPDV’s legislative agenda and being available as a legal resource to OPDV and to victims and service providers who call OPDV seeking legal information.  

I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful team at OPDV, and to be working with Gwen Wright.  Working at OPDV is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I sincerely hope that I will be able to use everything I’ve learned in the past to help create cutting-edge programs, policies, and laws to assist survivors.