Randall Ryder ’09

  • Assistant Professor of Appellate Advocacy
  • Director of Moot Court Program
  • Director of Law in Practice
N208 Mondale Hall


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Professor Randall Ryder ’09 is the director of the moot court program and the law in practice program. He directs and teaches civil rights civil liberties moot court, law in practice, and a number of moot court competition teams. He has previously taught legal writing, legal writing II, and the civil practice clinic. He formerly served as the Law School's first director of academic and bar success, helping students achieve academic success and preparing them for the bar exam during law school and after graduation.

Prior to joining the faculty full-time, he was an adjunct professor at the Law School. He taught moot court and law in practice for seven years, and also worked as supervising attorney in the clinical program. As a practicing attorney, he ran his own law firm, specializing in plaintiff's-side consumer law and student loan issues. He is a well-known consumer advocate in the Twin Cities and is currently a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Consumer Law Council. He was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Ryder graduated magna cum laude from the Law School; he holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota as well. Prior to attending law school, Ryder had a career in Hollywood, where he wrote screenplays and helped produce commercials and music videos. He also worked on former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first campaign commercials. A noted comic book aficionado, Ryder was retained by Marvel Comics as an expert witness in a federal copyright lawsuit. 

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court

Law in Practice

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Directors

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Research Director

Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court Managing Director

Moot Court Competition Team

Law In Practice Student Instructor

Joseph P. and Carol Z. Sullivan Health Law Moot Court Competition Team


Advocacy on Appeal (West Academic, 4th ed., 2021)
Sharon L. Reich Paulsen
Michael J. Vanselow
Law in Practice
Director of Appellate Advocacy
Legal Writing and Moot Courts