Professor Michael Korybut’s expertise lies in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial transactions and secured transactions. While his principal scholarship focuses on secured transactions — foreclosure sales in particular –it is his ability to teach and his enthusiasm for it that are well recognized at SLU LAW. Since joining the faculty in 1999, he has received the Best Teacher of the Year award twice.
Prof. Korybut’s knowledge in secured transactions developed while he was an associate attorney with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco and with Gray, Cary, Ware and Friedenrich in Palo Alto, California. At both firms, he represented lending institutions and corporate borrowers. Professor Korybut received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and eventually left private practice to return to his alma mater to teach advanced legal research and writing. He later joined the faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law to teach commercial law.
Professor Korybut’s Rutgers Law Journal article, “Online Auctions of Repossessed Collateral,” was one of the first to explore the use of the Internet as a marketplace for repossessed goods. Following this article, Korybut published “Searching for Commercial Reasonableness under the Revised Article 9” in the Iowa Law Review, which examined how secured creditors conduct foreclosure sales. As of late, in ""Article 9's Incorporation Strategy and Novel, New Markets for Collateral: A Theory of Non-Adoption"" (Buffalo Law Review), Prof. Korybut explored the theoretical reasons why a secured party would not adopt a new, more efficient method of selling repossessed property, and cling instead to the conventional market(s).
Prof. Korybut was recently awarded the Thompson Coburn Award for Exceptional Faculty Scholarship.