William E. Ryckman, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of Law
Interests: property law; land use; equity; federal court procedure
Property law expert William Ryckman, Jr., is a longtime member of the School of Law faculty. He has taught courses in land use and zoning, and his first-year property course is legendary. His dedication and skills as a teacher were recognized in 2000 with the School’s Michael W. Melton Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Over the years, Professor Ryckman has served as special counsel to the governor’s commission to revise the zoning and subdivision control laws in Massachusetts, and as legal consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service. In addition, he has worked as special counsel to the town of Nantucket on issues involving land use. In this capacity, he was counsel for all land-use trial and appellate litigation, and authored a number of winning appellate briefs. Early in his career, Professor Ryckman was special assistant to the General Counsel of the Army, and taught law at the University of Indiana. His articles have been published in such journals as the California Law Review and Michigan Law Review.