Professor Elias joined the clinic in 2014 and has directed the Clinic’s immigration practice since 2015. He previously worked as an immigration attorney in private practice in downtown Iowa City, where his work focused on federal immigration law, removal defense, immigration-related family law issues in state court, and immigration-related post-conviction review and habeas corpus litigation in state and federal courts. Professor Elias’s students practice before federal immigration courts and administrative bodies, the federal Board of Immigration Appeals, and state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
Professor Elias clerked for Senior Judge Dorothy Nelson of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge Denise Casper of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
In addition to teaching in the Clinic, Professor Elias teaches two classroom courses: Professional Responsibility and Immigration Law and Policy. He has also taught a large undergraduate lecture, Introduction to Law, at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business and has served as a visiting professor at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, where he ran the school’s immigration clinic.
Professor Elias is a member of the state bars of Iowa and California. He is also a member of the bars for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
BA, University of Michigan, 2000
MA, The Queen's University of Belfast, 2001
MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2003
JD, Yale Law School, 2009