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Linda J. Rusch

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    B.A., Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1980
    J.D., University of Iowa School of Law, 1983


Linda J. Rusch is the inaugural holder of the Frederick N. and Barbara T. Curley Professor in Commercial Law at Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to joining Gonzaga, she was a professor of law teaching in the area of commercial law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prof. Rusch graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with highest distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the Hamline faculty in 1992, she practiced commercial law and bankruptcy as an associate with the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson, and clerked for the Honorable Milton I. Shadur, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Over the course of several years, Prof. Rusch has been involved in the revision of the Uniform Commercial Code. From 1996-99, she served as the Associate Reporter for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the American Law Institute Drafting Committee to Revise Article 2 of the UCC. From 2000 to 2003, she served as a co-reporter for and member of the NCCUSL-ALI Drafting Committee to revise UCC Article 7. She currently serves as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC, and is on the Executive Committee for the PEB.

Prof. Rusch is actively involved in many national and local bar groups. She has filled many leadership roles in the American Bar Association Business Law Section including as the past chair of the Committee on the UCC and the past co-chair of the Working Group on Transferable Electronic Assets. She is currently serving a four year term as an elected member of the ABA Business Law Section Council and is chairing the Council Committee on Member Services. She has been nominated to the position of Secretary of the ABA Business Law Section, the first rung on the ladder toward the position of Chair. She recently finished two and a half year term as the Faculty Editor of The Business Lawyer, the academic peer-edited journal published by the ABA Business Law Section. She has been appointed by the ABA President as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight and is serving as the liaison from that committee to the ABA Standing Committee on CLE. In addition, Prof. Rusch is the President-Elect for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. As a member of the American Law Institute, she participates in the Members Consultative Groups on the development of the Restatement of Restitution, the Principles of Software Contracting, and the Restatement of Torts (Third): Economic Losses.

She has published numerous articles and books on the Uniform Commercial Code and bankruptcy, and is a frequent lecturer on those topics.

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