Judicial Profile: Ellen Feld Keeps Service On Her Mind
Broward County Court Judge Ellen Feld calls what she does "a service industry."
But it wasn't her first choice.
The Long Island native studied fashion merchandising in college, then communications. Her goal then was far from a career in law.
"I wanted to go into public relations," she said.
When she graduated, however, she decided not to go to work just yet.
"I think after college I just didn't know what I wanted to do yet," she said, "so I just kept going to school. And law school was interesting to me."
There were no lawyers in her family. Her father was in business, her mother a medical secretary.
"In law school I clerked for civil firms," she said. "I never clerked for a criminal firm, so I never had that attraction."
She wound up working for the man who is now her campaign treasurer, Douglas Bell.
"I worked for the same guy for 24 years," she said. "I still call him my boss."