Elana Bildner

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law


Elana Bildner is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut. Bildner has spent significant time advocating and litigating for the rights of immigrants, people who are or were incarcerated, and families. 

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Yale University, 2006

J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013

Courses Taught


  • Intervening in the Criminalization of Youth and Queer and Trans Individuals: Seminar and Practicum

Elana Bildner is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Connecticut. Bildner has spent significant time advocating and litigating for the rights of immigrants, people who are or were incarcerated, and families. Most recently, she was a senior clinical fellow with the Civil Justice Clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law. There, she focused on ending long prison sentences imposed on children. She also guided law students representing young adults in parole hearings and in civil rights lawsuits challenging prison mistreatment. Prior to her time at Quinnipiac, Bildner spent six years as a civil litigator at large law firms in New York and Connecticut. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a teaching assistant, Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and an executive editor of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. Before her legal career, Elana worked with anti-poverty organizations in New York through an AmeriCorps fellowship.