Sally Rider

Associate Dean for Administration & Chief of Staff; Director, The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government

Sally M. Rider is the Associate Dean for Administration at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She is the founding co-Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. The NICD, established in February 2011 at the University of Arizona, is a nonpartisan center promoting civic engagement and civility in public discourse consistent with First Amendment principles. She is also the Director of the nonpartisan William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government. The Center's mission is to promote greater public understanding of the role of the judicial branch in our system of government. Prior to becoming director of the Rehnquist Center, Ms. Rider served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States from August 2000 to September 2006. In that position, she served as the Court's chief of staff and assisted the Chief Justice in his overall management of the Court and with his other responsibilities as head of the Third Branch of government. From 1986 to 1987 Ms. Rider worked for Congressman Morris K. Udall as staff counsel to the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. From 1987 to 1990 she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1990 to 1995, and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 1998 to 2000. From 1995 to 1998 she was an attorney supervising international litigation at the State Department. Ms. Rider received her B.A. from the University of Arizona, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with high distinction, in 1980, and received her law degree with high distinction in 1986 from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Representative Publications

  • Navigating Climate Change Policy:  The Opportunities of Federalism (2011) (co-editor, with Edella C. Schlager & Kirsten H. Engel).
  • Implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980:  A Report to the Chief Justice (Sept. 2006) (co-author, with members of the Judicial Conduct & Disability Act Study Committee).
  • Complete List of Publications

Education

  • J.D. University of Arizona College of Law
    1986
    Graduated with High Distinction.
  • B.A. University of Arizona
    1980
    Graduated with High Distinction.

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th and D.C. Circuits)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Work Experience

  • Founding Co-director, National Institute for Civil Discourse
    Tucson, Arizona
    2011
  • Director, The William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2006 - present
  • Adjunct Professor, Judicial Administration
    American University Washington College of Law
    Spring 2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Judicial Administration
    American University Washington College of Law
    Fall 2005
  • Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States
    Supreme Court of the United States
    2000 - 2006
  • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Spring 1999
  • Deputy Chief, Civil Division
    Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
    1998 - 2000
  • Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser & Supervisory Attorney
    United States Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes
    1995 - 1998
  • Instructor
    Department of Justice, Office of Legal Education
    1991 - 1998
  • Assistant United States Attorney
    Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
    1990 - 1995
  • Trial Attorney
    United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch
    1987 - 1990
  • Staff Counsel
    For Chairman Morris K. Udall, Committtee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives
    1986 - 1987

Public & Institutional Service

  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board (appointed by the Chief Justice)
    2008 - 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of International Law/American Society of International Law Joint Task Force on Treaties in U.S. Law,
    2008
  • Executive Director of the Supreme Court Fellows Program
    2000 - 2006
  • Member, Judicial Conduct and Disability Act Study Committee
    2004 - 2006

Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Rogers College of Law
    2005
  • Selected for membership in the Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts