Bram Elias

Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Elias joined the clinic in 2014 and has directed the Clinic’s immigration practice since 2015. Professor Elias’s students represent clients in immigration proceedings and in state and federal judicial proceedings affecting immigrants' rights, and work with organizational clients engaged in advocacy related to immigration law and policy. 

Before joining the clinic, Professor Elias worked in private practice as an immigration attorney. He clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit and Judge Denise Casper of the District of Massachusetts. He suffers from an affection for the Boston Red Sox.

Practice and Teaching: 

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Immigration Law and Policy


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Lawyers Guild

Bar Admissions: 

  • Iowa
  • California
  • Maine
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
Bram Elias (1)
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