Judge Elsa Lamelas is a resident of Shorewood, Wisconsin. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She graduated from Dominican College in Racine in 1973 and worked as a second and fourth grade teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools from 1973 to 1975 before enrolling at the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1978. She practiced law with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 1978 to 1983, and as an Assistant and Deputy U.S. Attorney from 1984 to 1993 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. In 1993 she was appointed a Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge by Gov. Tommy Thompson, and was elected in 1994, 2000 and 2006 without opposition, serving until her retirement in 2012.
Judge Lamelas was nominated by the Government Accountability Candidate Committee and appointed to the Government Accountability Board in 2013 by Governor Scott Walker for a term to expire May 1, 2019. Her appointment to the Board has not yet been confirmed by the State Senate. Judge Lamelas is vice-chairperson for 2015.