About Professor Snyder

William C. Snyder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law for the 2007-2013 school years at the Syracuse University College of Law. He is teaching Cyber Security Law and Policy, Federal Criminal Law, Computer Crimes, Terrorism and the Law, Prosecuting Terrorists in Article III Courts, Federal Courts and Evidence. In addition, he assists at the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism, a joint venture of Syracuse University's College of Law and its Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Professor Snyder has been teaching at the College of Law since 2006.

Mr. Snyder was the 2004-2005 Fellow in Government Law and Policy at the Albany Law School's Government Law Center. A career federal prosecutor prior to joining the Government Law Center, Mr. Snyder served over 13 years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Snyder served as an Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States and was Deputy Administrative Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh.

As an AUSA, Mr. Snyder initiated prosecution of the largest felony case in the history of the Western District of Pennsylvania while assigned as legal counsel to the Greater Pittsburgh Violent Crimes/ Gang Task Force. In addition, he participated in intelligence investigations and drafted emergency plans while assigned to that district's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. He served as the district's Crisis Response Manager.

Mr. Snyder received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in political science with a concentration in international relations from Yale College of Yale University. He received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Cornell Law School where he served on the Cornell Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Since 2005, Mr. Snyder taught National Security Law, Current Legal Issues in Government and Fact Investigation as an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School. In 2006 and 2007 he taught Prosecuting Terrorists in Article III Courts at the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism at Syracuse University. He has also lectured on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act following his service on the Greater Pittsburgh Violent Crime and Gang Task Force that resulted in a ground-breaking racketeering prosecution.

While serving with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Snyder completed the following course for Department officials taught at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute: Basic International Law, 2003; National Security Law (classified), 2003; Computer Crimes, 1998; Basic Narcotics, 1994; Interview and Interrogation, 1991; and Trial Advocacy, 1990.

Mr. Snyder is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy.



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The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) -- a joint venture of Syracuse University's College of Law and of its Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs -- provides cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, graduate-level education, and public service on law and policy challenges related to national and international security.