Faculty and Administration Profiles

William X. Elward

Title/s:  Senior Assistant Illinois Attorney General, Criminal Trials Bureau, Attorney General of the State of Illinois

Phone: 312.814.3754



Bill Elward is a Senior Assistant Illinois Attorney General assigned to the 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 100 jury trials to verdict. Bill is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago Law School where he teaches Evidence, Advanced Evidence, and Trial Advocacy. In 2008 he received the Robert Bellarmine Award for Outstanding Law School Alumnus. 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. In addition to his law school teaching, Bill supervises deposition training state-wide for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Along with teaching several deposition and trial programs each year for private law firms throughout the United States, the Irish Department of Public Prosecutions has twice invited Bill to teach trial skills in Dublin, Ireland. For the last four years Elward has served as a consultant for NITA, helping create training courses in questioning techniques, electronic discovery, and online motions training. 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. From 2005-15 Bill taught evidence, criminal law and bar exam preparation for Bar-Bri. Elward now lectures for Themis Bar Preparation. Elward is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University Chicago Law School where he was the Research Editor on the Consumer Law Reporter. Bill is married and has four sons.


BA, Loyola University Chicago, 1982
JD, cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1993