Raul RuizCritical Skills Instructor
Raul Ruiz earned his bachelor degree with a dual major in Economics and Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 2003. In 2006, Professor Ruiz obtained his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the Florida International University College of Law, where he was the Vice-President of the moot court board.
While an undergraduate at Yale and under the supervision of Prof. Jack M. Balkin at Yale Law School, Mr. Ruiz wrote his thesis titled Creating Filter Templates: A Best Practices Model. This thesis addressed the issue of how best to protect free speech on the internet while simultaneously allowing parents, public libraries, and other entities to filter internet content in a socially responsible and constitutional manner. Mr. Ruiz’s thesis led to the expansion of the Internet Content Rating Association’s (ICRA) free labeling system and software. Mr. Ruiz also served as the co-founder, editor and technical director of LawMeme at Yale Law School, a legal blog of law and technology issues.
After graduating law school, Mr. Ruiz served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. He then practiced privately in the areas of criminal defense, appeals, and consumer and business bankruptcy. Before joining the Shepard Broad Law Center, Mr. Ruiz was an Adjunct Professor at the Florida International University College of Law, where he taught students in the Legal Skills and Values (LSV) program.
Mr. Ruiz is a member of the Florida Bar and previously served on its Small Claims Court Rules Committee and Moot Court & Mock Trial Subcommittees of the Law Related Education Committee of the Florida Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.