Bruce A. Elvin

Senior Lecturing Fellow
Associate Dean and Director Career & Professional Development Center


Bruce Elvin is the Associate Dean and Director of Duke's Career & Professional Development Center. A graduate of Stanford University and Duke Law School, Bruce worked for two years following graduation at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet School of Law, in Munich, Germany. While in Munich, Bruce also earned a Magister (Masters) in German Law, graduating with "high honors" and writing his Thesis on Steuerkonsequenten grenzueberschreitender Zinsswaps, (“Tax Consequences of Cross-Border Interest Rate Swaps”). Bruce returned to the United States to earn an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Tax Law Review.

Bruce has also practiced law for two international firms in New York, Baker & McKenzie and later White & Case. Subsequently, he took on business roles at two technology firms. Immediately prior to coming to Duke, Bruce was a consultant and executive recruiter for large law firms and corporate legal departments with Heidrick & Struggles in New York City.

Bruce currently co-teaches the "Business & Economics of Law Firm Practice" at Duke Law School, and co-leads the "Fundamentals of Leadership & Professionalism Workshop Series." He has lectured on the business law practice at NALP conferences, Yale Law School, and elsewhere. Bruce also created and taught a course certified by New York State for CLE credit on "The Business of Law and Developing Relationships" for law firm associates. He has published "Law Firm Economics 101" in the NALP Bulletin (September 2008).

Some of Bruce's publications and speaking on other topics include: "Dealing with Conflict & Difficult People," Duke University Brain Tumor Center, May 2007; “Share Buybacks by Listed Companies from Individual Minority Shareholders,” IBFD (2002) (co-author); “Technology Business Models in the U.S. and Investment Opportunities in Europe,” Keynote Speaker, Milan Roundtable (Italy, July 2001) “Stock Repurchases: Financial and U.S. Tax Considerations,” European Taxation (December 1998) and “Recharacterization of Cross-Border Interest Rate Swaps: Tax Consequences and Beyond,” 2 Florida Tax Review 613 (1995).

Bruce currently is the Treasurer of the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALP) and sits on its Board and Executive Committee.