Dale Rubin

Professor Emeritus

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley (1970)
  • B.A., Stanford University (1966)

Courses Taught: Corporate Governance; Administrative Law, Business Associations, Employment Law & Practice, and State & Local Government

Professor Rubin received his B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He practiced at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco and with the office of Carl B. Metoyer in Oakland, Calif. He was in private practice for 18 years. Professor Rubin was an International Legal Center Fellow in Barbados, West Indies, where he drafted a model corporations code and published an article on the development of an anti-trust law framework in the English-speaking Caribbean territories. He has published articles in the Journal of World Trade Law, the Anglo-American Law Review, the St. Louis University Public Law Review, the University of Richmond Law Review, the University of Toledo Law Review, the Idaho Law Review, Northern Kentucky Law Review, the Urban Lawyer, the American Bar Association’s State and Local Government Section Newsletter and the Oregon State Bar Business Law Digest. Professor Rubin has also authored numerous state-based think-tank papers that have been published by the James Madison Institute (Florida), Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon), Calvert Institute for Policy Research (Maryland), Independence Institute (Colorado), Washington Institute for Policy Studies (Washington), and Sutherland Institute (Utah). He has been editor of the Charles Houston Bar Association Newsletter in Oakland, Calif., the Oregon State Bar Business Law Digest, the American Bar Association Public Transportation Newsletter, and is presently the editor of the ABA State and Local Government Section Newsletter. Professor Rubin was a world record holder in the 440-yard relay and an All-Coast football player at Stanford. He was also the founder of the Stanford Black Alumni Association. Prior to joining ASL, Professor Rubin taught for seven years at the Willamette College of Law in Salem, Ore. His primary research interest is the constitutionality of public subsidies to private corporations.

Curriculum Vitae


  • “Corporate Personhood: How the Courts Have Employed Bogus Jurisprudence to Grant Corporations
  • Constitutional Rights Intended for Individuals” Quinnipiac University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2010).
  • “Corporate Personhood v. the Regulatory State”, Vol. 35, No. 3 of the American Bar Association Administrative & Regulatory Law News (Spring 2010).
  • “Anti‐Corporate Sentiment in Colonial America”, Vol. 33, No. 3 of the American Bar Association State and Local Law Newsletter, (Spring 2010).
  • “State Attorney Generals Prepare to Get Tough on Crime”, Vol. 7 Issue 2, ABA Government Law E‐ News (February 2010).
  • “Private Letter and Revenue Rulings: Remedy or Ruse?” published in the Northern Kentucky Law Review, Volume 28, Number 1, Spring 2001.
  • “Public Aid to Professional Sports Teams‐A Constitutional Disgrace: The Battle to Revive Judicial Rulings and State Constitutional Enactments Prohibiting Public Subsidies to Private Corporations”, published in the University of Toledo Law Review, Volume 30, Number 3, Spring, 1999.
  • “Affirmative Action: Defining ‘Qualifications’ from Diverse Viewpoints”, published in Goal IX Newsletter of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession, Spring, 1999.
  • “Public Subsidies to Private Corporations: Stop Violating the Colorado Constitution”, paper published by the Independence Institute, Golden, Colorado, Issue Paper # 7‐96, May, 1996.
  • “Public Funds into Private Pockets: How Corporate Welfare Offends the Constitution”, paper published by the Calvert Institute for Policy Research, Baltimore, Maryland, Vol, 1, No. 2, Spring, 1996.
  • “Public Subsidies to Private Corporations: Stop Violating the Florida Constitution!” paper published by the James Madison Institute, Tallahassee, Florida, Policy Report No. 19, August, 1996.
  • “Public Subsidies, Private Gain‐ Stop Violating the Oregon Constitution”, paper published by the Cascade Policy Institute, Portland, Oregon, Fiscal Insight #13, September, 1996.
  • “Public Subsidies to Private Corporations‐ Stop Violating the Washington Constitution!” paper to be published by the Washington Institute for Policy Studies, Seattle, Washington, in October, 1996.
  • “Public Subsidies to Private Corporations‐Stop Violating the Michigan Constitution”, paper to be published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, Michigan in January/ February, 1997.
  • “Public Subsidies to Private Corporations‐ Stop Violating the Utah Constitution”, A Sutherland Institute Policy Study, Murray, Utah, Number 3, December 1996.
  • “Are Public Subsidies to Private Corporations Constitutional?” American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government, State and Local Law News, Vol.20 No.2 Winter 1997.
  • “Public Purpose in the Northwest-A Sinkhole of Judicial Interpretation,” 32 IDAHO LAW REVIEW 417, (1996).
  • “Are Corporate Tax Breaks Constitutional?” OREGON BUSINESS LAW DIGEST, Fall 1995.
  • “The Public Pays, The Corporation Profits: The Emasculation of the Public Purpose Doctrine and a Not‐For‐Profit Solution,” 28 UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND LAW REV., 1994 NO. 5.
  • “State Government Records and Individual Privacy,” 26 URBAN LAWYER (1994).
  • “Constitutional Aid Limitations Provisions and the Public Purpose Doctrine‐‐An Improper Mix,” THE PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, St. Louis University School of Law, Spring 1993.
  • “The Boston Harbor Case,” 17 URBAN, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWSLETTER (1994).
  • “IVHS and The Privacy Issue,” The Proceedings of the IVHS America 1993 Annual Meeting, 437
  • (Washington, D.C.), Theme of the Intelligent Vehicle and Highway Systems Conference was “Surface Transportation: Mobility, Technology.”
  • “Competition Policy and the Caribbean Community,” JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE LAW, Vol. 9, No. 4,
  • July/August 1975. Examined issues regarding the creation and implementation of antitrust laws in the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA).
  • “Dismissal and Reinstatement in a West Indian Jurisdiction,” co‐authored with Chuks Okpalaba. Published in ANGLO‐AMERICAN LAW REVIEW, Vol. 3., No. 2, 1974. Examined employee remedies for unlawful dismissal in Trinidad, West Indies.

Professor Rubin posing with a Panda Bear in Chengdu, China last summer.

Professor Rubin posing with a Panda Bear in Chengdu, China last summer.

Professor Rubin is a California native having grown up in Oakland, California. Professor Rubin played college football for UC Berkley and Stanford. He was one of the few players who played on both sides of the “Big Game”. He was also a world-record holder in the 440 relay at Stanford University. Professor Rubin practiced law for many years in California before he decided to switch his career to teaching law. Before arriving at the Appalachian School of Law in 1997, he taught Corporations and Torts at Willamette University in Oregon. Professor Rubin is a charter faculty member of ASL. After a year or so renting, he decided to buy a home in Grundy. He is the first African American to own property in Buchanan County. When he moved to Grundy he was accompanied by his teenage children, Shegan and Caren, both of whom were the first African American students to graduate from Grundy Senior High School. He enjoyed his time in Grundy. He feels that it was a unique and rewarding experience raising two African American children in a small town in the heart of Appalachia. In 2010, Professor Rubin married a Grundy native, Melanie Lewis. Currently, they reside in Charlotte, North Carolina and he commutes to ASL weekly. When Professor Rubin is not teaching or traveling, he enjoys reading all sorts of cultural history books, world current event blogs. He is also a foreign film mystery buff. He also has a rare collection of hundreds of original jazz albums. Because of his sports background, he tries to stay up to date on current sporting events as well as staying active by riding his stationary bike.

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