About Professor Snyder
William C. Snyder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law, teaching Cyber Security Law and Policy, National Security Law, Federal Criminal Law, Computer Crimes, Counterterrorism Law, Prosecuting Terrorists in Article III Courts, Federal Courts and Evidence. He also teaches Public Administration and Law at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. In addition, he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism, a joint venture of the College of Law and the Maxwell School. Professor Snyder has been teaching at the College of Law since 2006.
Professor 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.
Prior to teaching, Professor Snyder was a career federal prosecutor. He 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, 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, 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.
While serving with the United States Department of Justice, Snyder completed the following courses 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.
Professor 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.