Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

Faculty & Staff

William X. Elward

Title/s: Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Phone: 312.814.3754

E-mail: belward@atg.state.il.us



Bill Elward is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Assistance Bureau. Bill is lead counsel on complex prosecutions ranging from commercial fraud and Internet crime cases to first-degree murders. Similar to complex commercial practice, Bill's cases involve extensive pretrial discovery, depositions and experts; however, the vast majority of his cases end up in trial, which has given him the opportunity to try over 75 jury trials to verdict. Bill is “Distinguished Practitioner in Residence” at Loyola University of Chicago Law School where he teaches Evidence, Advanced Evidence, and Trial Advocacy. Elward also teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Chicago School of Law each year, and has taught trial advocacy at numerous law schools.

Elward is the director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Midwest Trials Skills Program. Bill teaches deposition practice and trial skills nationally and internationally. Since 2014 Elward has been a consultant for NITA in developing new programs for law firms, federal agencies, and public programs. Bill supervises deposition training statewide for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Along with teaching several deposition and trial programs each year for private law firms and federal agencies throughout the United States, the Irish Department of Public Prosecutions has twice invited Bill to teach trial skills in Dublin, Ireland. Elward also taught evidence and criminal procedure at the Alberto Hurtado University Law School in Santiago, Chile, and taught comparative criminal procedure in Rome, Italy.

In 2010 Elward was recognized by the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office for Outstanding Instruction in Depositions and Trial Skills. In 2008 he received the Robert Bellarmine Award for Outstanding Law School Alumnus at Loyola Law School. Since 2005 Bill has also taught bar candidates evidence, criminal law and bar exam preparation nationwide, and has taught a weekend bar preparation course at Loyola Law School for the last three years covering the topics of contracts, criminal law and procedure and evidence. Elward lectures for Themis Bar Prep all over the country. Bill routinely receives the highest ratings in his law school, bar preparation and advocacy courses. Elward is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he was the Research Editor on the Consumer Law Reporter. Bill is married and has four sons.

Present Position

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Trials Bureau, Attorney General of the State of Illinois


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Chicago, IL 60601


B.A., Loyola Chicago, 1982
J.D. cum laude, Loyola Chicago, 1993