Internationally acclaimed scholar to receive honorary LLD from Law Society

Posted: 06/14/2018

Bruce ElmanThe Law Society of Ontario will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Professor Bruce Elman at its Call to the Bar ceremony on June 20, 2018 at The London Convention Centre.

Professor Elman will receive the LLD in recognition of his distinguished academic career, and his renowned teaching abilities and educational leadership. He is also being recognized for his immense contributions to the legal profession as a whole.

A Professor of Law at the University of Windsor, 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, he promoted ethics, professionalism and competence as pre-eminent values of Windsor Law.

Professor Elman has 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. He is a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism – his paper “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 concluding his second term as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman also serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor and the Town of Amherstburg.

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 the University of 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 has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 – 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994).

More 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). He 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).

As well, 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.