Resident Faculty

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Margaret Foster Riley
Food and drug law, health law, animal law
  • Has written, researched and presented extensively about biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease (Faculty Q&A)
  • Chair, UVA Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee
  • Legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures
Mildred Robinson
Federal, state and local tax; trust and estates
  • Commissioner from Virginia to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws from 1990-94
  • Teaches courses on estate planning and gift taxes, federal income tax and how gender and status relate to economics
  • Was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for Law Access, Inc. (currently The Access Group)
  • Has proposed tax solutions to stabilize K-12 education funding (Faculty Q&A)
Kimberly Robinson
Education law, Civil rights, Affirmative action, Desegregation and integration, Race, Sexual discrimination and harrassment
  • Scholarship proposes novel law and policy solutions that advance educational equity and help to close opportunity and achievement gaps

  • Editor of “A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy” (forthcoming NYU Press, 2019

  • Co-editor with Charles J. Ogletree Jr. of “The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways for Equal Educational Opportunity” (Harvard Education Press, 2015)

  • Provided legal advice on race, sex and disability discrimination in education as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education Office of the General Counsel and on school finance litigation as an attorney with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)

  • Clerked for Judge James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

George Rutherglen
Employment discrimination, civil rights and admiralty, civil procedure and international civil litigation
  • Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices William O. Douglas and John Paul Stevens, and forJudge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Chaired the advisory committee on Fourth Circuit Rules 
  • Rutherglen's book, "Civil Rights in the Shadow of Slavery," discusses the dynamics of legislative and judicial enforcement over the entire history of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. (Story)
A. Sprightley Ryan
Externships, directed study and field experience in the law
  • Served as inspector general of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Practiced with the law firm Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C.
  • In 1995 Ryan joined the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney, and during that time served as a special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Jim Ryan
Education law, constitutional law, local government law
  • President of the University of Virginia since Aug. 1, 2018
  • Former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2013-18
  • Also served on the UVA Law faculty from 1998-2013, including as academic associate dean (vice dean)
  • Author of “Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America” and the New York Times best-selling “Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions”