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Elizabeth Elia

Associate Professor of Law


  • LLM, Georgetown Law
  • JD, American University Washington College of Law
  • BA, New College of Florida

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-0677
 Office: 1123


Professor Elia teaches courses related to property law, land use, real estate development, poverty law and clinic. Before teaching at UNM School of Law, Professor Elia worked for twelve years as a transactional lawyer specializing in the development and preservation of affordable housing across the US and its territories. She has structured and closed transactions totaling more than $200 million in public and private financing for affordable housing developments. Professor Elia also has expertise in representing limited equity housing cooperatives, small businesses and nonprofit corporations. In 2016, she was honored to be appointed to District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Affordable Housing Strikeforce. On the Strikeforce she served with agency heads and other leaders in the affordable housing professional community to develop a plan to preserve tens of thousands of units of affordable housing in the District of Columbia over a five-year period. Professor Elia has a long history of legislative policy work and grassroots organizing on issues related to affordable housing and community development and looks forward to continuing this work in New Mexico.



Servitudes Done “Proper”ly: Propriety, Not Contract Law, VT. J. ENVTL. L. (Forthcoming 2022).
Abstract at: SSRN

Perpetual Affordability Covenants: Can These Land Use Tools Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis, 124 PENN ST. L. REV. 57 (2019).
Available at: UNM-DR

Popular Press

Long Time Coming, SHELTERFORCE (July 23, 2007)
Available at: ShelterForce