Judicial Profile: Ellen Feld Keeps Service On Her Mind

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Ellen Feld
Ellen Feld

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."

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  • Kevin

    Ellen Feld is not a nice person and she is an incompetent judge who I believe is racially motivated in her judgments and decisions. I perceive that she is least lenient to blacks based on my appearance in her courtroom. I have experienced both her prejudices and utter inability to make good decisions and be more discerning; she lacks compassion and consideration and the most important quality that a judge is supposed to have - humanity. This woman is bad news for Broward County based on my experience having stood before her and the verdict she rendered despite overwhelming evidence indicated "incapability" on the part of a defendant. She is the sort whom the Bible cries "woe" about when it warns "woe unto lawyers, doctors, and judges" because she lacks any sense of what it means to judge wisely. She is the type who is on the side of big corporations...she is bad news for Blacks and for Broward County! No to this heartless woman!

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