Bruce P Elman Biography

Bruce Elman 2018 portraitBruce P. Elman
Integrity Commissioner
City of Windsor

Bruce P. Elman has served as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor since August 2011.

Professor Elman served as Dean of Law at the University of Windsor from 2000–2011. From 2011–2020, Professor Elman was a member of the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, teaching in the areas of Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility. In 2019, Professor Elman received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Students’ Law Society at the University of Windsor. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman served two terms (2012–2018) as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. On July 1, 2020, he became Professor of Law Emeritus. 

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 and served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty from 1991–1994. Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999 at the University of Alberta. He has also held several Visiting Professorships. 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 received a teaching award from Hebrew University in 1996. Professor Elman 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 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). In June 2018, the Law Society of Ontario bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) on Professor Elman. 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. In the fall of 2018, Professor Elman was named a “Builder of Windsor Law.” This award recognizes “individuals who are not alumni but who have made a significant contribution to Windsor Law.”

Under an agreement, Professor Elman also serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Amherstburg and the Town of Lakeshore. 

Bruce P. Elman LL.D

Integrity Commissioner
c/o 350 City Hall Square West
Room 530
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 6S1
Canada
Phone: 519-990-0166

Email: integrity@citywindsor.ca