Bruce Elman served as Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Windsor from 2000 - 2011. He continued to serve as a member of the Faculty, teaching in the areas of Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility until July, 2020, when he was named Professor of Law Emeritus. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he served six years (2012 – 2018) as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. In June 2018, the Law Society of Ontario awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).
Prior to coming to 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 served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty from 1991 to 1994. Professor Elman has also held several Visiting Professorships -- at the Faculty of Law and the Centre for the Legal Profession at University of Toronto in 2011-12, at Niigata University in Niigata, Japan in 1994, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1988-89 and 1995-96. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981-82).
Currently, Professor Elman serves as the Municipal Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor, the Town of Amherstburg, and the Municipality of Lakeshore.
Bruce grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where his family belonged to the Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue (Conservative). Bruce received his Jewish education from the legendary Rabbi Israel Kenner z”l. In Edmonton, Bruce was President of Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative). He also served as President of the Jewish Federation of Edmonton and as Chair of the UJA/UIA Campaign. Bruce was named the Jewish National Fund Edmonton Negev Dinner Honouree in June 1998. In Windsor, Bruce was the Vice President (Ritual) at Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue (Orthodox). Bruce is a long-time member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University.