MID-SOUTH COMMERCIAL LAW INSTITUTE FACULTY
HON. SHELLEY D. RUCKER
HON. SHELLEY D. RUCKER was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee on April 2, 2010. She sits in Chattanooga and Winchester, Tennessee. Judge Rucker practiced bankruptcy law with the firm of Miller & Martin PLLC for twenty- seven years prior to taking the bench. She previously served as chairperson of the firm's Commercial Department and practice group leader of the Bankruptcy Creditor Rights Group. Her focus was creditor work for secured lenders, landlords and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases, but she has also served as local counsel for debtors in several cases filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee. She was a board member and President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. In 2000, she served on the Joint Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Bankers Association which worked on the enactment of Revised Article 9 in Tennessee. Prior to taking the bench, she was a member of the Georgia and Tennessee Bars. She is a frequent lecturer on the subject of bankruptcy and secured transactions. She was named in The Best Lawyers in America (2003 - 2010). She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
She received her undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her law degree from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team.