Boston University School of Law

William E. Ryckman, Jr.


Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.S., Major - Business (1952-1955)

Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
LL.B. (1955-1958)
Staff Member of Indiana Law Journal, 1956-57
Two published notes
Editor-in-Chief of Indiana Journal, 1957-58
Order of the Coif
Weymouth-Kirkland Foundation Scholarship, 1957-58
Phi Delta Phi

Bar Associations

Member, Federal Indiana and Massachusetts Bar

Professional Data

Special Assistant to General Counsel of the Army, 1959-61
Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 1961-62
Assistant Professor, Boston University, 1962-65
Associate Professor, Boston University, 1965-66
Professor of Law, Boston University, Since 1966
Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, 2005


Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs
Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Professional Speciality

Real Property
Land Use
Federal Courts

Special counsel for all land use issues for the Town of Nantucket and of counsel in all trial and appellate litigations for the town, 1975- 1983

Acted as Consultant and performed comprehensive reviews of Zoning ordinances for the following municipalities: Cambridge, Brookline, Lynn, Medford and Sandwich

Principal Consultant to the Special Advisory Committee responsible for the Comprehensive Revision of chapter 40A (The Zoning Act); authored their report and drafted House Bill 5009 (1973) on which the Act of 1975 was based

Published extensively in the land use field


"In Appreciation: Ronald A. Cass: Dean, Boston University School of Law 1990-2004," with J. M. Beermann & D. J. Freehling, 85 Boston University Law Review 663 (2005). 
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"In Memoriam: Celebration of the Life of Michael Ward Melton," 80 Boston University Law Review 354 (2000). 
Full text: Westlaw  

"Land Use Litigation, Federal Jurisdiction and the Abstention Doctrines," 69 California Law Review 377 (1981). Also in 13 Land Use and Environmental Law Review 129 (1982). 
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House Bill 6003 - An Act Revising the Subdivision Control and Planning Act (1973). 

House Bill 5009 - An Act Revising the Zoning Enabling Act (1972). 

Zoning and Planning Legislation: Subdivision Control and Planning Vol. 2,   (1971). 

Report to Massachusetts Governors Advisory Committee on Planning and Zoning Legislation (1970). 

Zoning and Planning Legislation: Zoning Vol. 1,   (1970). 

"Review in Zoning and Subdivision Control Cases, Part 2," 53 Massachusetts Law Quarterly 23 (1968). 

"Review in Zoning and Subdivision Control Cases, Part 3," 53 Massachusetts Law Quarterly  (1968). 

"Review in Zoning and Subdivision Control Cases, Part 1," 52 Massachusetts Law Quarterly 298 (1967). 

"Eminent Domain - Conservation - Evidence Necessary to Determine If a Regulation Restricting the Use of Property Is Invalid as a Taking Without Compensation," 6 Natural Resources Journal 8 (1966). 

"Notice and the 'Deeds Out' Problem," 64 Michigan Law Review 421 (1966). 
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