Margaret A. Ryan

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Meg Ryan
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
In office
December 20, 2006 – July 31, 2020
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySparky Gierke
Succeeded byLiam P. Hardy
Personal details
Born (1964-05-23) May 23, 1964 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s)Michael Collins
EducationKnox College (BA)
University of Notre Dame (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1987–1999
Battles/warsGulf War

Margaret A. "Meg" Ryan (born May 23, 1964) is a Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Her term expired on July 31, 2020.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ryan graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, then Knox College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. Ryan attended law school under the Marine Corps Law Education Program at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she also was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review.

Legal career[edit]

Following graduation from Knox College, Ryan served on active duty for the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992, and again following Law School graduation as a judge advocate from 1995 to 1999. Ryan served in units within the II & III Marine Expeditionary Forces as a Staff Officer, Company Commander, Platoon Commander, and Operations Officer. Judge Ryan's tours included deployments to the Philippines, during a coup attempt, and to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.[1] As a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer, Ryan served as a Trial Counsel and Chief Trial Counsel in Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, Virginia. Ryan was then selected by General Charles C. Krulak, Commandant of the Marine Corps, to serve as his Aide de Camp.

Ryan was law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then to Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court in 2001–2002.

Prior to joining the court, Ryan was in private practice. She was at Wiley Rein LLP from 2004 until her appointment to the court. Before that she was with Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott from 2002 to 2004 and Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal from 1999 to 2000.

Court of Appeals service[edit]

Ryan was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces by President George W. Bush on November 15, 2006 to replace Judge H. F. Gierke III, who retired September 30, 2006. She was confirmed less than a month later by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2006 by unanimous consent. Ryan's appointment for a 15-year term was due to expire on July 31, 2021. However, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces website as of 2017 indicated that Judge Ryan's term would end on July 31, 2020.[2]

In 2012, Judge Ryan joined the court majority that found that it did not have jurisdiction to order disclosure of trial documents from the Chelsea Manning court-martial.[3] When the court majority reversed the conviction of a soldier for attempting suicide, Judge Ryan dissented, arguing that the appeals court did not have jurisdiction.[3]

In September 2016, Ryan was named as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.[3]

Judge Ryan is married to Michael J. Collins.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to Hear Arguments at Washburn Law, October 21, 2008
  2. ^ Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Archived 2017-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c Carpentier, Megan (24 September 2016). "Trump's supreme court picks: from Tea Party senator to anti-abortion crusader". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sparky Gierke
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Succeeded by
Liam P. Hardy