Larry Ribstein Honored Posthumously with Martin I. Lubaroff Award

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The American Bar Association has awarded Larry Ribstein with the 2012 Martin I. Lubaroff Award, presented to a lawyer who has consistently demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and outstanding service in this area of law. Ribstein, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011, was the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair, associate dean for research, and co-director of the Illinois Business Law and Policy Program. A member of the Illinois law faculty since 2002, Ribstein was a prodigious and pioneering scholar across a vast range of subjects, including partnerships and limited liability companies, corporate and securities law, choice of law, financial regulation, white-collar crime, legal ethics, and the legal profession. Among his over 170 publications, he was the author of The Rise of the Uncorporation (Oxford University Press, 2010). A prominent commentator on law and business, Ribstein was the founder of Ideoblog and the leading contributor to the blog, Truth on the Market. Professor Ribstein taught a variety of courses at the College of Law, including business organizations, unincorporated business entities, and market regulation.

In recognition and celebration of Professor Ribstein’s innumerous contributions to legal scholarship and the academy, the College of Law will host a conference in October 2013, the proceedings of which will be published in a special edition of the University of Illinois Law Review. And in honor of Professor Ribstein’s incredible influence on students, colleagues, and the legal profession, the College has established The Larry E. Ribstein Memorial Fund. The Fund will be used to support a series of initiatives to advance the intellectual life of the University of Illinois College of Law, including a signature lecture series, workshops for junior faculty members, and innovations designed to more effectively bridge the worlds of legal theory and legal practice.