Professor Elman served as Dean of Law at the University of Windsor from 2000-2011. Prior to assuming the Deanship at Windsor, Professor Elman was the Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law (1996-2000) and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies (1984-2000) at the University of Alberta. He was first appointed to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 1975. He was the Arthur C. McCalla Research Professor (1985-86) and served as the Associate Dean (1991-94) of the Faculty.
Professor Elman was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and the Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession in 2011-12. He was Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1988-89 and 1995-96. In 1994, Professor Elman was Visiting Professor of Canadian Law at Niigata, University in Niigata, Japan. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981-82). He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) from McGill University (1971), an LL.B. from Dalhousie (1974), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1975). Professor Elman teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility. 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; ethics and professional responsibility; and legal education.
As Dean of Law at the University of Windsor, 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.
Professor Elman is a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and Alberta (inactive). He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. Professor Elman was the Negev Dinner Honouree in Edmonton in 1998. He was recognized for his service to the Edmonton Jewish Community, where he served as President of Jewish Federation of Edmonton and Congregation Beth Shalom and as the Chair of the United Jewish Appeal Campaign.
In June of 2018, an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) was bestowed on Professor Elman by the Law Society of Ontario. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished members of the profession and the public in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.
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