Gabriela E. Ryan
Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs and Associate Professor of Law
B.S., cum laude, International Politics and Foreign Policy, 1999, Georgetown University; J.D., 2004, University of Southern California; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6813
As Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs at Southwestern, Gabriela Ryan has primary responsibility for designing and implementing innovative academic support programs, courses and individual and small group counseling sessions, and designing and assisting with bar exam preparation classes, workshops and events. "Southwestern has a comprehensive institutional commitment to providing a quality legal education to all of its law students," she says. "Academic support is one part of that commitment, but one that is closely intertwined with many of the law school's other academic programs, departments and activities. We are all working to provide opportunities for students to succeed. It is that sense of collaborative purpose for the benefit of all students that I believe makes a great difference here."
"We are all working to provide opportunities for students to succeed. It is that sense of collaborative purpose for the benefit of all students that I believe makes a great difference here."
Just prior to her appointment to Southwestern commencing in Fall 2010, Professor Ryan was a member of the administration of the University of Southern California Law School, where she was first appointed as Director of Student Affairs and Academic Support in 2006, and went on to serve as Assistant Dean and Dean of Students, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law.
Earlier in her career, Professor Ryan practiced law for a year as an associate with the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, representing defendants in white-collar criminal litigation and internal investigations. She served for two years as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Arizona through Teach for America prior to entering law school.
A Senior Editor of the Law Review and Legal Writing Fellow while a law student, Professor Ryan has produced scholarly articles including "Reenfranchising Noncitizens as Partners in America's Democracy," 77 Southern California Law Review 151 (2003) and "Is Government Knowledge a Defense to False Claims Liability?" 84 Federal Contracts Report 310 (September 2005).