William C. Snyder has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the College of Law since 2007. He teaches Federal Criminal Law, Computer Crimes, Counter-Terrorism and the Law, Prosecuting Terrorists in Article III Courts, Cyber Security Law & Policy, Federal Courts 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 was the 2004-2005 Fellow in Government Law and Policy at the Albany Law School’s 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.
Mr. Snyder is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.