William L. Matheson & Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law
F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Director, Program in Law and Public Service
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992
A.B., Yale University, 1988
Jim Ryan joined the faculty in 1998 after completing a two-year public interest fellowship in Newark, N.J. He teaches law and education, constitutional law, land use law, local government law and is an instructor in the Supreme Court litigation clinic. He writes primarily about law and educational opportunity but has also authored or co-authored articles on constitutional law and theory. He is the co-author of a forthcoming textbook on Education Law and Policy, and the author of "Five Miles Away, A World Apart," which was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press.
Ryan served as academic associate dean from 2005-09. In 2009, he helped found and now directs the law school’s Program in Law and Public Service. He is the recipient of an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and several awards for his scholarship. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, Harvard, and Yale law schools. Ryan is a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission, a group tasked with examining how to make public education both excellent and equitable.
Ryan received his A.B. from Yale University and his J.D. from Virginia. After graduating from the Law School in 1992, Ryan first clerked for J. Clifford Wallace, then-Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, and then for William H. Rehnquist, the late Chief Justice of the United States.
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