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Kara Bruce

Kara Bruce

Professor of Law

Office: LC 2006C
Campus Phone: 419.530.2763
Fax Number: 419.530.4447

Secretary: Arlene Susdorf; 419.530.2958

Professor Kara J. Bruce joined the College of Law in 2010.  She teaches Business Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, and Commercial Paper. Her research focuses on bankruptcy law and procedure.  She is currently working on a multi-part project examining the use of class actions and other forms of private litigation in consumer bankruptcy cases. In the fall of 2013, Professor Bruce served as the Robert M. Zinman Scholar in Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Arlington, Virginia. She is a contributing editor to the Bankruptcy Law Letter.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Bruce worked as an attorney in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where she represented clients in business reorganizations and commercial litigation matters. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, handling matters in the fields of consumer bankruptcy, immigration, and appellate law.

Professor Bruce is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA) and Tulane Law School (JD). Professor Bruce has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Lucas County.

Professor Bruce's SSRN Page

Select Publications

Debt Buyers Beware: FDCPA Liability for Time-Barred Debts in the Eleventh Circuit and Beyond, 36 No. 6 Bankruptcy Law Letter 1 (2016).

Vindicating Bankruptcy Rights, 75 Maryland Law Review 443 (2016).

The Debtor Class, 88 Tulane Law Review 21 (2013).

Rehabilitating Bankruptcy Reform13 Nevada Law Journal 101 (2012)

Best of ABI 2013: The Year in Business Bankruptcy (2013).

The Creditor That is Always There - The Insurance Company, 17 Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice (2008).

Last Updated: 1/5/17