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Ellen Thornton

The Law Office of Craig Leydecker
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Ellen Thornton
The Law Office of Craig Leydecker

Ellen was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where she attended Mount Carmel Academy. From there, Ellen went on to Florida State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Criminology. While at Florida State, she was very active in the community, completing over 300 hours of community service. She was also a member of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, and she studied abroad in Rome, Italy.

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Ellen attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she received her Juris Doctor. While in law school, Ellen was a member of the Journal of Public Interest Law, and she received her certificate in Environmental Law. She was additionally the Chief Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and a national team member and Secretary of the Executive Board of Loyola’s Trial Advocacy program.

Today, Ellen is an active member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, serving as the Assistant District Justice of District 16. She is a member of The New Orleans Bar Association, The Jefferson Bar Association, The Baton Rouge Bar Association, The Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Louisiana Association for Justice. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and taking her dog Wesley to the dog park.

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