Professor Raul Ruiz serves as FIU Law’s Director of Bar Preparation. He was previously a professor of critical skills at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University and an adjunct professor of Legal Skills & Values at the FIU Law. Professor Ruiz served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County and practiced privately in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, and appeals. In 2003, Professor Raul Ruiz earned his bachelor degree with a dual major in Economics and Electrical Engineering from Yale University. In 2006, he 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 Professor Jack M. Balkin, 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.
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.
In 2013, Professor Ruiz was awarded the Justice Education Award by the Florida Bar for his work with high school moot court competitions held before the Florida Supreme Court and for furthering the civic education of Florida’s youth.