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Ryan Williams

Visiting Professor of Law

Visiting Faculty


Prior to teaching, Professor Williams was a civil litigator at the largest law firm in San Diego. In 2017, his duties expanded to become more heavily involved in bar preparation, which has since informed his teaching of 1L and 2L courses.


  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure
  • National Security Law
  • Bar Tested Subjects


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Yale University, BA

Prior Experience

  • Professor of Law, Western State College of Law
  • Visiting Professor, Drake University Law School

Awards & Distinctions

  • Top Law Professors of Color in America, 2014

Selected Publications

  • The Capitol Riot, Racism, and the Future of American Democracy, AMERICAN UNVIERSITY NATIONAL SECURTIY LAW BRIEF, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2021)
  • Size Really Does Matter: How Obesity is Undermining America’s National Security, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO LAW REVIEW, Univ. Tol. L. Rev. (2016)
  • The Road Most Travel: Is the Executive’s Growing Preeminence Making America More Like the Authoritarian Regimes It Fights So Hard Against?, ALABAMA CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW JOURNAL, 6 Ala. C.R. & C.L. L. Rev. 139 (2015)
  • Dangerous Precedent: America’s Illegal War in Afghanistan, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, 33 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 563 (2012)
  • Stop Taking the Bait: The Dilution of Miranda Does Not Make America Safer From Terrorism, LOYOLA LAW REVIEW, 56 Loy. L. Rev. 907 (2010)