Richard H. Nowka

Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law

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Professor Nowka is currently researching issues relating to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Recent publications inclulde a student handbook for secured transactions and articles examining the 2010 Amendments to Article 9 and purchase-money security interests in consumer goods.

He served as a member of the Kentucky Legislature's U.C.C. Study Commission and Drafting Committee on Revised Article 9, and has spoken on Revised Article 9 seminars sponsored by the Kentucky Bankers Association, the University of Kentucky College of Law, and the Louisville Bar Association.

His honors include the University of Louisville Distinguished University Teacher Award, the University of Louisville's Provost's Award for Exemplary Advising, and the Law Alumni/ae Excellence in Teaching Award.

Outside the law school, Professor Nowka engages in activities that focus on service to the community. He is a long-time board member of the Legal Aid Society; previously serving as board chair. He works with Project Warm to winterize homes of the elderly, disabled, or persons of limited income.

Courses Taught

Contracts I & II, (two semester course)

Secured Transactions

Debtor-Creditor Law



Books and Book Supplements

 Mastering Secured Transactions--UCC Article 9, 2nd edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2013

Mastering Secured Transactions--UCC Article 9, Carolina Academic Press, 2009

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, Cumulative Supplement, with Leibson, LexisNexis, 2004

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, 3rd edition, with Leibson, LexisNexis, 2003

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, Cumulative Supplement, with Leibson, Michie, 2000

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, 2nd edition, with Leibson, Michie, 1992

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, Cumulative Supplements, with Leibson, Michie, 1987, 1998

The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky, with Leibson, Michie, 1983


Twenty Questions About an Individual Debtor's Name Under Amended Article 9 Section 9-503(a)(4) Alternative A, 3 William& Mary Business Law Review 139, 2012.

Allowing Dual Status for Purchase-Money Security Interests in Consumer-Goods Transactions, 13 Transactions, The Tennessee Journal of Business Law 13, 2011.

The Secured Party Fiddles While the Article 2 Statute of Limitations Ticks--Why the Article 2 Statute of Limitations Should Not Apply to Deficiency Actions, 7 Florida State University Business Law Review 1, 2008.

eBay Auctions of Repossessed Motor Vehicles-A Template for Commercial Reasonableness Under Revised Article 9, 31 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 281, 2007.

Minor Errors in "In-Lieu-Of" Statements Under U.C.C. Section 9-706: Did the Drafters of Revised Article 9 Forget the Safety Net? 42 Brandeis L. J. 721, 2004.

Teaching the Law School Curriculum, "Collateral Conflict Role Play" Exercise, Carolina Academic Press, 2004.

Revised Article 9 and the Buyer in Ordinary Course of Pre-Encumbered Goods, 38 Brandeis L. J. 9, 2000.

Does Policy Prevail Over the Plain Meaning of a Statute? 24 Northern Kentucky L. R. 273, 1997.

Validating a Debtor's Retention of Collateral, 6 J. of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 145, 1997.

Kentucky Employees Wage Liens: A Sneak Attack on Creditors, But Beware of the Bankruptcy Trustee, 84 Kentucky L. J. 317, 1996 (with Jeff S. Taylor).

Priority Status of a Warehouse Lien: Is the Comment Waging the Code? 28 Uniform Commercial Code L. J., 1995.

The Nonsurety Comaker's Right to Discharge, 10 J. of Law and Commerce 75, 1990.

Debtor's Right to Avoid Nonpossessory, Nonpurchase-money Security Interests: Effect of State Lien Conservation Statutes, 18 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal 127, 1985.

Survey of Commercial Law, 73 Kentucky L. J. 315, 1985.

Survey of Commercial Law, 72 Kentucky L. J. 337, 1984.

Public Aid to Nonpublic Institutions in Nebraska, 9 Creighton L. R. 18, 1975.


Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention-Amendments to UCC Article 9, June 2012

Louisville Bar Association-Revised Article 9 for the Real Estate Attorney, March 2005

Louisville Bar Association-What Bankruptcy Attorneys Need to Know About Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, October 2004.

University of Kentucky College of Law-Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, May 2004.

University of Kentucky College of Law-Legal Issues for Financial Institutions, Revised Article 9, Fall 2001.

Louisville Bar Association-Transition, Priority and Choice of Law Under Revised Article 9, November 2001.

Kentucky Bankers Association-Revised Article 9, November 2000, January 2001, March 2001.

University of Kentucky College of Law-Consumer Bankruptcy Update, Revised Article 9, December 2000.

The Courier-Journal, Business Reporters-Seminar on Bankruptcy Basics, September 2002.

University and Community Service


Legal Aid Society, Board of Directors (Chair, 2002)

Kentucky Legislature Article 9 Drafting Committee

Project Warm

Habitat for Humanity

Law School

Strategic Planning Committee (Chair 2012-13, 2011-12)

Decanal Search Committee

Decanal Review Committee

Economic Welfare Committee (Chair 2009-10, 2008-09) 

Professionalism and Public Service Committee (Chair 2004-05)

Personnel Committee

Student Grievance Committee

Career Services Committee

Bar Passage Committee

Faculty Recruitment Committee

Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Advisor


Law School Affirmative Action Coordinator

Staff Hearing Officer