About Professor Snyder

William C. Snyder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law for the 2015-2016 school year at the Syracuse University College of Law. He is teaching Federal Criminal Law, Computer Crimes, Terrorism and the Law, Prosecuting Terrorists in Article III Courts, Public Administration and Law, Cyber Security Law and Policy, and Evidence. In addition, he assists at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, 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.

In April 2008, the Foundation for Defense of Democracy named Professor Snyder an Academic Fellow for 2008-2009. Mr. Snyder was the 2004-2005 Fellow in Government Law and Policy at the Albany Law Schools 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 Counterterrorism at Syracuse University. In addition, he teaches criminal law and procedure to local police departments. 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.

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 is also a member of the International Bar Association.


Key Dates

March 8- 15 - Spring Break
March 25, 2015 - no class
April 22, 2015 - last class
May 6, 2015 - final examination

Prior Students:

Students who have taken Evidence from Professor Snyder in the past -- especially those studying for a bar examination -- may request credentials to access the materials on this site..