Three new professors—Clare Ryan, Luke Herrine, and Stacey Bergstrom—have joined the faculty at Alabama Law this year. Learn about their education, areas of expertise, and backgrounds below.
Clare Ryan, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Ryan holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School. She writes and teaches in the areas of family law and international human rights, with a particular emphasis on children’s rights. Her recent publications can be found in the UCLA Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, and the journal Law and Contemporary Problems. Prior to joining the Alabama Law faculty, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. Professor Ryan has also served as a Human Rights Fellow at the European Court of Human Rights and as a law clerk to the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Luke Herrine, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Herrine earned his Ph.D. from Yale Law School and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He studies the law and political economy of consumer markets. He has recently published on the theories of consumer protection, the relevance of economic theory to antitrust, and the political history of the FTC’s unfairness authority. His earlier work on the legal bases for student debt cancellation laid the foundation for the ongoing class-based cancellation of defrauded students’ debt and for the current debate on broad-based executive action to cancel student debt.
Stacey Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
Professor Bergstrom took her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and, upon graduation, began a career in criminal prosecution with the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Virginia, where she focused on domestic violence and child abuse investigations. She has also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in the Computer Crime Section and Investigative Counsel for the New York State Inspector General. Most recently, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where she prosecuted white-collar and child exploitation offenses. From 2016 to 2018, she also taught Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.