Associate Dean and Professor Emeritus
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
BA, with honors, University of Illinois
JD, American University Washington College of Law
Ralph Ruebner came to John Marshall with 12 years of experience as an appellate litigator, heading the Elgin and Chicago offices of the State Appellate Defender and representing indigent criminal defendants at all levels of appellate review. He has represented victims of government abuse in a number of countries, including the former Soviet Union and Peru.
Dean Ruebner has published articles and presented papers at various international conferences on human rights topics, and has testified before Congress on human rights conditions in Peru. From 2001-2003, he served as legal director of the Law Consortium for Palestinian Legal Education, a Rule of Law Project of U.S. A.I.D. In that capacity, he also visited Palestinian law schools in the West Bank.
He has drafted legislation in Illinois, making it the first state to criminalize international terrorism. He is the author of Illinois Criminal Trial Evidence, editor/author of Illinois Criminal Procedure, and co-author of Illinois Decisions on Search and Seizure; Illinois Evidence: Illinois Rules of Evidence, Statutes, and Constitution, A Compendium for Criminal Litigation; and faculty co-author of Illinois Judicial Benchbook on Criminal Law and Procedure. Dean Ruebner has served as a faculty member of the National Academy for Judicial Education and as a reporter of judicial conferences in Illinois. He serves as the Reporter of the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence.
Dean Ruebner joined the faculty in 1981. He founded John Marshall's Criminal Justice Clinic and served as its director for four years, served as Moot Court director for 16 years, and was the law school's Centennial Planning Committee chairperson. He was named associate dean for academic affairs in 2007. He teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and International Human Rights.
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