Prior to attending law school, Ellyn Polshek worked in publishing as Managing Editor at Grossman Publishers, a Division of the Viking Press, then as a Senior Editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston and later at William Morrow. She received her JD in 1985 at the Columbia Law School. ¬†Following graduation, she practiced law as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. ¬†She argued her cases before the Appellate Division in New York County and when necessary at the Court of Appeals in Albany.