Stephen L. Sepinuck, J.D., LL.M.

Frederick N. & Barbara T. Curley Professor

Professor Sepinuck has an A.B. in history from Brown University, a J.D. cum laude from Boston University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. In the 1980s, he specialized in creditors’ rights and related commercial issues while practicing...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

LL.M., New York University, 1987 

J.D., Boston University, 1984

A.B., Brown University, 1981 

Courses Taught

Bankruptcy

Business Planning

Contracts

Sales

Secured Transactions

Transactional Skills & Professionalism Lab


Professor Sepinuck has an A.B. in history from Brown University, a J.D. cum laude from Boston University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

In the 1980s, he specialized in creditors’ rights and related commercial issues while practicing law in Florida, and in the federal tax aspects of public and private financings while practicing in California. In 1989, he began teaching at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Two years later, he joined the faculty of Gonzaga University School of Law, where he teaches courses on Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Sales, Contracts, and Transactional Skills.

Professor Sepinuck has authored articles on a variety of subjects, written sixteen books, and won awards for both his teaching and his scholarship. In the 1990s, he served as an advisor to the Drafting Committee that revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and he chaired its Task Force on Deposit Accounts. From 2006-2009 he served as chair of the ABA’s UCC Committee. More recently, he was the ABA Advisor to the Joint Review Committee for Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code that proposed amendments to Article 9,  reporter for the Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act, and reporter for the Amended Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act. Professor Sepinuck is a member of the editorial board of The Business Lawyer, and for more than ten years edited the annual survey of commercial law that appears in The Business Lawyer.

He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL), a former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a current member of the Massachusetts and California bars, Director of Gonzaga’s Commercial Law Center, and Scholar in Residence at the law firm of Paul Hastings, LLP.

 

 

Books

Major Articles

Brief Articles, Reports & Columns

Presentations

2018

  • The Various Standards for the “Good Faith” of a Purchaser, KConXIII (Orlando), February 24, 2018

2017

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 7, 2017
  • Perplexing Problems of Secured Transactions: An Interactive Discussion, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Chicago), September 15, 2017
  • Secured Transactions Problems: An Interactive Discussion of Current Issues and Possible Solutions, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 17, 2017
  • Commercial Lending Today, American Law Institute (San Francisco), April 20-21, 2017
  • Imponderables: Difficult and Potentially Unresolvable Issues of Secured Transactions and Commercial Law, Financial Lawyers Conference (Santa Barbara), March 24-26, 2017

2016

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 15, 2016
  • Concrete Advice for My Younger Self: Keys to Academic Success, Central States Law Schools Association (Grand Forks), September 23, 2016
  • There Is No Such Thing as Boilerplate: Issues in the Back of the Contract, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Boston), September 8, 2016
  • A Primer on Secured Transactions, Paul Hastings (Los Angeles), March 11, 2016
  • Transactional Skills: How to Document and Structure a Deal, Financial Lawyers Conference (Los Angeles), March 10, 2016

2015

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 17, 2015

2014

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 16, 2014
  • Advanced Seminar on IP Traps in Secured Financing, ACCFL (Chicago), September 14, 2014
  • Secured Transactions Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 21, 2014
  • Ninth Circuit Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 21, 2014
  • Effective Skills Training: Is it More Than Practice?, Emory University School of Law (Atlanta), June 7, 2014

2013

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 12, 2013
  • Commercial Law Developments, WSBA Corporate Counsel Division (Spokane), September 20, 2013

2012

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 20, 2012
  • Contract Drafting: Teaching with Forms, Emory University School of Law (Atlanta), Nov. 2, 2012, transcribed and reprinted in 14 Transactions 361, 369-82 (2013)
  • Security Interests in Proceeds of Collateral (Strafford Publications webinar), August 29, 2012
  • Ideas for Teaching Transactional Skills, Institute for Law School Teaching & Learning (Spokane), June 25, 2012
  • Ninth Circuit Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 16, 2012
  • Secured Transactions Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 15, 2012
  • The Limits on Proceeds, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Las Vegas), March 23, 2012

2011

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 15, 2011
  • Hot Topics in Commercial Law (State Bar of California webinar), May 18, 2011
  • Understanding the Uniform Certificate of Title Act for Vessels & Its Branding Provisions (NMMA webinar), May 10, 2011

2010

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 16, 2010
  • Commercial Law Developments, Gonzaga University School of Law (Spokane), December 3, 2010
  • Article 9 Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 18, 2010

2009

  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 9, 2009
  • Commercial Law Developments, Gonzaga University School of Law (Spokane), December 4, 2009
  • Issues in Secured Financing Arising in Recent Cases, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Las Vegas), Nov. 4, 2009
  • UCC Issues in Bankruptcy, Washington Bankruptcy Judges Conference (Cle Elum, Washington), September 10, 2009
  • What Every Commercial Lawyer Needs to Know About the Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Vancouver, BC), April 18, 2009
  • Issues in Secured Financing, Financial Lawyers Conference (San Diego), March 13, 2009

2008

  • 2008 Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 12, 2008
  • 2008 Commercial Law Developments, Gonzaga University School of Law (Spokane), December 5, 2008
  • Commercial Law Developments, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Los Angeles), October 17, 2008
  • Principles of Good Contract Drafting, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Los Angeles), July 24, 2008
  • Article 9 Update, Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 14, 2008
  • Ninth Circuit Update, Eastern Bankruptcy Conference (Sun Mountain), June 14, 2008

2007

  • Commercial Law Developments, Stoel Rives (Seattle), December 7, 2007
  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 6, 2007
  • Commercial Law Developments, Gonzaga University School of Law (Spokane), November 30, 2007
  • Commercial Law Developments, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Los Angeles), October 6, 2007
  • The Basics of Credit Agreements, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Los Angeles), October 5, 2007
  • Commercial Law Developments, Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (Seattle) June, 2007
  • Negotiating and Drafting Contractual Boilerplate, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Washington, D.C.) March, 2007

2006

  • The Basics of Secured Transactions, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Los Angeles), December 8, 2006
  • Acquisition Finance: Current Issues Facing Commercial and Bankruptcy Lawyers Representing Lenders and Purchasers, Financial Lawyers Conference (Los Angeles), December 7, 2006
  • Commercial Law Developments, Lane Powell (Seattle), December 5, 2006
  • Commercial Law Developments, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Atlanta), October 7, 2006
  • Generating Excitement in a Large Classroom, Institute of Law School Teaching Summer Conference (Chicago-Kent College of Law), June 2006
  • Tapping Student Creativity to Aid in Visual Learning, Institute of Law School Teaching Summer Conference (Chicago-Kent College of Law), June 2006
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of UCC Practice, Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Tampa), April 6, 2006

2005

  • Commercial Law Developments, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Greenwich, CT), October 15, 2005
  • The Basics of Secured Transactions, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker (Greenwich, CT), October 14, 2005

Memberships

  • Elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) 
  • Elected as regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Appointed as an ABA Advisor to the Joint Review Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9