Ryan Sullivan Clinical Associate 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.
As the Director of the Civil Clinic, Professor Sullivan supervises student attorneys providing legal services to veterans and underserved populations in the areas of tenant rights, debt collection defense, criminal record rehabilitation, estate planning, family law, and other civil matters. Professor Sullivan also manages the Advance Directive Clinic (ADC) Project, wherein Civil Clinic students provide basic estate planning services to senior citizens in rural and semi-rural Communities around the State of Nebraska. Professor Sullivan also supervises several outreach projects within the Civil Clinic, including the Clean Slate Project, the Veterans Advocacy Project, the Tenants’ Rights Project and the Family Law Project.
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 (4-6 cr hr)
Students, under close faculty supervision, represent clients in a variety of civil legal matters, including full-service representation in the areas of estate planning and post-conviction relief (pardons, conviction set-asides, and record sealing). Students may also represent low-income clients in a limited-scope capacity in the areas of family law (divorce, custody, visitation), consumer protection, landlord-tenant, guardianships, administrative appeals, name changes, and other general civil matters. Students will also have the option of leading and/or participating in one of the Clinic’s outreach projects (Project descriptions are available at (https://law.unl.edu/civil-clinic-outreach/). Each semester at least five Clinic students will have the opportunity to participate in an Advance Directive Clinic, an off-site program where students work with senior citizens in out-state Nebraska in drafting their estate planning documents (https://law.unl.edu/civil-clinic-outreach/advance-directive-clinic/)
Priority is given to students in the Litigation Skills Program of Concentrated Study. Open only to students with senior standing. Pre- or Co-requisite: Pretrial Litigation and Legal Profession [*offered for 4 credit hours only during the summer term; may be taken for 6 credit hours in the summer with professor permission]
Estate Planning Clinic Law 767C (3 cr hr)
Students, under close faculty supervision, will represent clients in the provision of estate planning services, including the disbursing of legal advice and the drafting of basic estate planning documents, including a simple will, a power of attorney instrument, advance directives, and title documents. In addition to the direct client work, there is a classroom component (substantive seminars), and students will meet at least weekly with their faculty supervisor for case review. Class sessions, case reviews and most client meetings will take place during evening hours; client work may require some day time commitments, as scheduled by the student. Pre--requisite: Legal Profession. Open to students with senior standing only. Enrollment Limit 8
Pretrial Litigation Law 741 (3 cr hr)
This course focuses on the application of procedural rules pertaining to the bringing and defending of civil law suits, and on the consideration and application of the tactical and strategic aspects of litigation. Students will perform weekly exercises on litigation planning, pleading, motion practice and discovery.
Stolen Profits: Civil Shoplifting Demands and the Misuse of Neb Rev. Stat. 25-21,194, 95 Neb. L. Rev. 28 (2016)
Pre-Mortem Cryopreservation: Recognizing a Patient’s Right to Die in Order to Live, 14 Quinnipiac Health L.J. 49 (2010)
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
Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award 2021
ABA Pro Bono Leader Award 2020
Outstanding Pandemic Response Award (Civil Clinic) 2020
Friends of Legal Aid “Attorney Partner Equal Justice Award” 2020
Appleseed Good Apple Award (Tenant Assistance Project) 2020
ABA Pro Bono Leader Award 2019
ABA Pro Bono Leader Award 2018
NSBA Visionary Award 2018
Cindy Lange-Kubick: Eviction — what happens when your home is gone? Lincoln Journal Star (2021)
Nebraska Tenants Gain Rights under New Housing Justice Package National Low Income Housing Commission (2021)
Nebraska Law Professor ‘Humbled’ by Spire Award The Daily Record (2021)
City of Lincoln Needs Volunteers to Help Tenants Facing Eviction Navigate Legal Process Nebraska Public Media (2021)
Volunteers with Tenant Assistance Program helping keep hundreds in their homes 10 11 Now KOLN/KGIN (2021)
Help available for those facing eviction in Lincoln NTV/ABC (2020)
Coronavirus halts most court activity, but evictions still pack Nebraska courtrooms Omaha World Herald (2020)
Behind On Rent (Official Full-Length Film) Documentary YouTube Premium (2020)
Stopping Shoplifting Shakedown Letters: The CAP impact Podcast, Episode 56, January 17, 2020
Knowledge@Wharton: August 20, 2018 SiriusXM (2018)
They’re Falsely Accused of Shoplifting, but Retailers Demand Penalties New York Times (2018)
Guns, Faucets and Energy Drinks: Detroit Bar Owner Charged in $1 Million Theft Ring New York Times (2018)
"An Assessment of Shoplifting: Landscape, Charges, and Reforms", Institute of Politics at Harvard University, 2021 (Contributor)