Professor Ralph Brubaker served as interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008-2009 after serving as associate dean for Academic Affairs for the previous two years. He rejoined the Illinois faculty in 2004, returning to his alma mater after teaching courses in bankruptcy, bankruptcy procedure, corporate finance, business associations, and contracts, and serving as the faculty adviser to the Bankruptcy Developments Journal at the School of Law at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for 10 years.
Following law school, Professor Brubaker clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Later, he practiced in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization group of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained extensive experience in large- and medium-sized Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings, including prepackaged, leveraged buy-out, and mass-tort bankruptcies.
He is co-author of “Bankruptcy Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice” (with Charles J. Tabb) and has written numerous articles exploring the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings.
He is also the editor-in-chief and contributing author of the Bankruptcy Law Letter (West Group) and serves on the editorial advisory board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Professor Brubaker also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute and is a member of the advisory board for the St. John’s University School of Law, Bankruptcy LL.M. Program.
EDUCATION: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.B.A.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, J.D.