Margaret A. "Meg" Ryan
B.A., Knox College
J.D., University of Notre Dame
Constitutional Issues in the Military Justice System
Margaret A. “Meg” Ryan is the JJ Clynes Endowed Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame for the 2020-21 academic year. Also a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Ryan has served as an adjunct at Notre Dame, a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and as a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington Law School. She teaches Evidence, Military Law, and Constitutional Issues in the Military Justice System.
At the UGA School of Law, she will teach Constitutional Issues in the Military Justice System during the spring 2021 semester. Acting Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice Jeffrey S. Beelaert and American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Daniel Tilley, who are both former judicial clerks of Ryan, will assist with teaching the course.
Ryan graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 1995 and was awarded the Colonel William J. Hoynes Award for Outstanding Scholarship for graduating first in her class. Her undergraduate degree is from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Ryan was a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces from 2006 to 2020. Before that, she was partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., from 2004 to 2006, and an associate and a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott in Denver, Colorado, from 2002 to 2004. She served as a judicial clerk for Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court for the October 2001 term after clerking for J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was also an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986 to 1999. She is a member of the American Law Institute.