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Local attorney Travis F. Ellis was selected to serve on the state’s Inmate Grievance Resolution Board.

Ellis was appointed to the board by Governor Roy Cooper for a term ending June 30, 2025.

Originally from Goldsboro, Ellis graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2010. He earned a master’s degree in library science and a law degree from NC Central University in 2013.

Upon graduation, Ellis began his legal career as an assistant prosecutor in Illinois. After practicing law in Illinois for over six years, he left Chicago and moved back to North Carolina to accept a position as assistant district attorney in the eighth district attorney, which includes the Edgecombe, Nash, and Wilson counties.

The Complaints Panel serves within the State Department of Adult Correctional Services in the Department of Public Safety. The board consists of five members appointed by the governor. Three of the members must be attorneys selected from a list recommended by the Council of the North Carolina State Bar.

In general, the board of directors reviews the administrative process, meets and performs the functions assigned to it by the governor. In addition, the Board of Directors may investigate matters of wide political concern and hold fact-finding hearings to consider matters submitted for investigation.

Ellis is also a member of the Rocky Mount Utility Services Review Board and volunteers with various organizations in the Rocky Mount and Goldsboro areas.

Ellis said his guiding principle has always been to seek justice and create justice for all. His position as a member of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Board provides him with yet another opportunity to serve the state and community.

Ellis is admitted to the bar in North Carolina, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

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