Prof. Erin Ryan

Associate Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

Erin Ryan teaches environmental and natural resources law, property and land use, water law, negotiation, and federalism.  She has presented at academic and administrative venues in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the U.S.D.A. Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.  She has advised National Sea Grant multilevel governance studies involving Chesapeake Bay and consulted with multiple institutions on developing sustainability programs.  She has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the London Financial Times, the PBS Newshour and Christian Science Monitor’s “Patchwork Nation” project, and on National Public Radio.  She is the author of many scholarly works, including Federalism and the Tug of War Within (Oxford, 2012). 

Professor Ryan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Hewlett Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Research Project.  She clerked for Chief Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before practicing environmental, land use, and local government law in San Francisco.  She began her academic career at the College of William & Mary in 2004, and she joined the faculty at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 2011.  Ryan spent 2011-12 as a Fulbright Scholar in China, during which she taught American law, studied Chinese governance, and lectured throughout Asia.   

Prior to law school, she served as a U.S. Forest Service ranger on the Mono Lake District of the Inyo National Forest, east of Yosemite National Park.  She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and received a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. 

  • B.A. 1991 Harvard-Radcliffe College, cum laude
  • M.A. 1994 Wesleyan University
  • J.D. 2001 Harvard Law School, cum laude

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Publications and Multimedia
Competitive versus Cooperative Federalism - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013