Ryan Sullivan

Professor Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan Assistant Professor of Law


Professor Sullivan joined the Law College faculty in August, 2013, as a supervising attorney in the Civil Clinical Law Program. He received his B.A. from Colorado State University-Pueblo while completing his enlistment in the U.S. Army, majoring in business administration. Thereafter he attended California University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his Master’s in Health Sciences. After a career in the fitness industry, he enrolled at UNL College of Law where he served as an editor of the Nebraska Law Review, the Chair of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the National Trial Team. Following graduation, Professor Sullivan joined the law firm of Kinsey, Rowe, Becker and Kistler where he practiced in the area of general civil litigation.

In the Clinic, Professor Sullivan supervises student attorneys providing legal services to underserved populations in the areas of family law, debt collection defense, tenant rights, and other civil matters.   Professor Sullivan also manages the Advance Directives Clinic (ADC), a joint project with Legal Aid and the State Unit on Aging which provides free advanced directive legal services to senior citizens in rural and semi-rural Communities around the State of Nebraska.  To date, the ADC has served 169 clients, and students have drafted over 600 advance directive documents.  Recently, Professor Sullivan expanded the Clinic offerings to include legal services designed to meet the needs of veterans, including post-conviction relief and other services intended to address veteran homelessness.

He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.

A Nebraska native, Professor Sullivan is an avid Husker fan, and enjoys cycling, woodworking and furniture restoration.


Clinical Practice-Civil Law 798G (2-6 cr hr)
Open only to students with senior standing. Students are also required to attend a seminar on lawyering skills and the representation of clients. Students, under close faculty supervision, advise and represent clients in a variety of civil cases, including landlord-tenant, consumer, collection, bankruptcy, immigration, and domestic relations cases.


The Affirmative Defense-Probable Cause False Dichotomy: Why an Affirmative Defense is Also Relevant in Probable Cause Analysis,  (in progress)

Book Chapters

Civil Shoplifting Statutes, National Survey of State Laws (Richard A. Leiter, ed., 8th ed. 2016)


The Advance Directive Clinic, an Illustrative Guide for Developing an Advance Directive Clinic as Part of an Existing Clinical Course Association of American Law Schools, 39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, April 30, 2016


J.D., with High Distinction, University of Nebraska College of Law, 2010
M.S., with honors, Health Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania, 2005
B.S., with honors, Colorado State University, 2002

Areas of Expertise


Clinical Assistant Professor Law, 2016

Media Appearances

Wednesday, May 4, 2016