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Anne Sprightley Ryan

Professor
Director
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
SL243
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D. University of California at Berkeley School of Law 1989
B.A. Yale University 1984
Biography

A. Sprightley Ryan is associate professor of law, general faculty and director of externships. Externships allow students to work full-time or part-time doing legal work for public service employers while earning academic credit. As director, Ryan counsels students in the program or who are considering an externship, including advice on selecting an employer. Ryan also teaches a seminar to students in the UVA Law in DC externship program that helps participants make connections between legal theory and practice.

Ryan most recently served as inspector general of the Smithsonian Institution, where she led an independent office that conducts performance audits and investigates crimes relating to the organization's programs and operations.

At Berkeley, Ryan was editor-in-chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly. After graduating from Boalt Hall, she clerked for Judge Joyce Hens Green of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She then practiced with the law firm Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C. In 1995 she 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. In 2000 she became an adjunct professor of law at the College of William & Mary, where she taught a course in legal skills and ethics, advanced brief writing and a seminar on the Electoral College.

Ryan joined the Smithsonian's Office of the Inspector General as counsel in 2003, became assistant inspector general for investigations in 2005, and in 2007 was named inspector general.

LAW 8803: FT Externship: Field Experience
Credits: 10
This field experience is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8806: PT Externship: Field Experience
Credits: 3
This field experience is one part of a two-part externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8807: PT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 1
This directed study is one part of a two-part externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8808: DC Externship: Field Experience
Credits: 10
This field experience is one part of a two-part full-time Washington, DC externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8809: DC Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time Washington, DC externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8829: JT Externship: Field Experience (SC)
Credits: 1
This field experience is one part of a two-part externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8830: JT Externship: Directed Study (SC)
Credits: 1
This directed study is one part of a two-part externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.