Antonio Elefano

Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Antonio Elefano
Email Office Phone (213) 740-4945


Antonio Elefano joined USC’s Writing faculty in the fall of 2014.  Before coming to USC, he was a corporate litigator in New York City and a writing fellow/visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston.  A graduate of Yale Law School and the author of Legal Writing for the Undergraduate from Wolters Kluwer/Aspen, he is the Writing Program’s legal writing specialist, teaching WRIT 340: Moot Court, WRIT 340: Advanced Writing for Pre-Law Students (which he teaches as an Introduction to Legal Writing) and WRIT 440: Advanced Legal Writing.  He is the faculty advisor for Southern California Moot Court (which has placed third in the nation for the past three years in a row), Phi Alpha Delta (USC’s pre-law fraternity), and the Survivor Support Community at USC.  In 2019, he was 1 of 3 professors across the university to be awarded a USC Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduate students.

Elefano is also a fiction writer whose stories have been published in The Los Angeles Review, 236 and The Journal. In August 2014, his story “Italy” was one of Buzzfeed’s “29 Short Stories You Need to Read in Your Twenties.”  


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Boston University, 9/2011
  • J.D. , Yale Law School, 6/2005
  • Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Visiting Assistant Professor/Writing Fellow, University of Houston, 08/2012-07/2014
    • Lecturer in Creative Writing, Boston University, 2011-2012