Bruce Elman is a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Legal Profession, and Legal Ethics. Professor Elman served as Dean of Law from 2000 – 2011. As Dean, Professor Elman promoted ethics, professionalism and competence as pre-eminent values of Windsor Law. Professor Elman served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid, and the University of Windsor Mediation Services - Windsor Law's three clinics. Professor Elman was a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism. His paper on "Creating a Culture of Ethics and Professional Responsibility: A Leadership Role for Law Schools" was delivered at the 8th Colloquium on Legal Profession: The Challenge of Leadership in May 2007.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman also serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor and Acting Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Amherstburg. He is, currently, in his second term as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Professor Elman is a Member of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) representing the University of Windsor as its Academic Colleague. He is, also, a member of the Audit Committee of COU.
Prior to coming to Windsor, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined the University of Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985. In 1985-86, Professor Elman was Walter S. McCalla Research Professor at Alberta. From 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law. Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988 - 1989 and 1995 - 96. He continues to serve as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 - 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). Most recently, Professor Elman was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession (2011-12). Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence (1999) at the University of Alberta. He also received a teaching award from Hebrew University (1996).
Professor Elman is the Co-editor of Rotman, Elman, and Gall, Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Thomson Carswell - 2008). He has published numerous works on criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and religion, multiculturalism and ethics and professional responsibility. He is frequently invited to speak to professional and general audiences on topics in constitutional law and politics including Federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ethics and professional responsibility, legal education, and Law Reform.
Professor Elman holds a B.Sc. from McGill University (1971), an LL.B. from Dalhousie University (1974), and an LL.M. from Harvard University (1975). He was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1979 and the Bar of Ontario in 2002.
- Billingsley, Barbara and Bruce P. Elman, “The Supreme Court of Canada and the Alberta Court of Appeal: Do the Top Courts Have a Fundamental Philosophical Difference of Opinion on Public Law Issues?” (2001) 39 Alberta Law Review 703-737.
- Elman, “Honouring Memory, Doing Justice: Holocaust Denial, Hate Propaganda and Canadian Law” in Decoste and Schwartz, eds. The Holocaust’s Ghost: Writings on Art, Politics, Law and Education, University of Alberta Press: Edmonton, 2000.
- Elman, "The Constitutionalization of Multiculturalism" in Adelman and Simpson, Multiculturalism, Jews, and Identities in Canada, Magnes Press: Jerusalem, 1996.
- Elman, "Her Majesty The Queen v. James Keegstra: The Control of Racism in Canada - A Case Study" in Levitt and Greenspan, Under the Shadow of Weimar: Democracy, Law & Racial Incitement in Six Countries, Praeger Publishing, 1993.
- Elman, "Combatting Racist Speech: The Canadian Experience", (1994) 32 Alberta Law Review 623 - 666.
- Elman, "Altering the Judicial Mind and the Process of Constitution - Making in Canada", Constitutional Studies 1989, 521-534.
- McLellan and Elman, "Enforcement of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: An Analysis of Section 24", (1983) 21 Alberta Law Review 205.
Recent Speeches and Unpublished Papers
- Dean Addresses Class of '11
- Creating a Culture of Professional Responsibility and Ethics: a Leadership Role for Law Schools (2007) Eighth Colloquium on the Legal Profession: The Challenges of Leadership