Kara Bruce

  • Professor of Law


B.A., University of North Carolina

J.D., Tulane University School of Law

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Professor Kara Bruce joined OU Law in 2022.  She is an affiliate faculty member at the OU College of Business. Her research focuses on bankruptcy law and procedure, with particular emphasis on enforcement issues in consumer bankruptcy cases.

Professor Bruce is a contributing editor to the Bankruptcy Law Letter and coauthor of Problems and Materials on Secured Transactions (5th Ed., with Stephen Sepinuck).  She is also a coauthor of the forthcoming edition of the Law of Bankruptcy (with Charles Tabb and Laura Coordes).  Professor Bruce has served as the Robert M. Zinman Scholar in Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Arlington, Virginia. 

Professor Bruce is a dedicated classroom teacher. She has won the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the University of Toledo College of Law’s Outstanding Professor Award (selected by the graduating class), and the Beth Eisler Teaching Award (selected by the first-year class).

Before joining the faculty, Professor Bruce was a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Law.  She also worked as an attorney in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP in Chicago, Illinois and served as a visiting professor at Willamette University School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. 

Additional Information


The Private Law of Stablecoins

(forthcoming 2023)

___ Ariz. St. L. J. ___

(with Christopher Odinet and Andrea Tosato)

Bankruptcy’s Arbitration Exceptionalism and the Future of the Debtor Class


96 AM. BANKR. L. J. 819

Bankruptcy’s Adjunct Regulator


72 Florida L. Rev. 159

(with Alexandra Sickler)

Midland Funding and the Pernicious Problem of Stale-Debt Claims


49 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 435

Closing Consumer Bankruptcy’s Enforcement Gap


69 Baylor Law Review 479

Vindicating Bankruptcy Rights


75 Maryland Law Review 443

The Debtor Class


88 Tulane Law Review 21

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Courses Taught


  • Bankruptcy 5410
  • Civil Procedure 5103/5203
  • Contracts 5114
  • Payment Systems 5740
  • Secured Transactions 5750


Charles Jordan Tabb, Kara J. Bruce, and Laura Napoli Coordes, The Law of Bankruptcy (6th Edition West, forthcoming 2023).

Stephen L. Sepinuck & Kara J. Bruce, Problems and Materials On Secured Transactions (5th Ed. West, 2021).

Best OF ABI 2013: The Year In Business Bankruptcy (Kara J. Bruce ed., ABI Press, 2013).

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