Margaret Ryznar

Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 320
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 274-8122
E-Mail: mryznar@iu.edu


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Education

B.A., 2004, University of Chicago
M.A., 2005, Jagiellonian University
J.D., 2008, University of Notre Dame Law School

Courses

Income Taxation of Individuals, Fiduciaries & Business Associations; Trusts & Estates; Family Law; International & Comparative Family Law; Juvenile Law

Bio

Margaret Ryznar teaches and researches in the areas of family law, tax, trusts & estates, property, and juvenile law. Her scholarship focuses on the rights of family members under federal and state law, with particular emphasis on how family members hold and transfer property among themselves. Professor Ryznar is the author of over 40 publications on law, and her work has been featured in the media as well as cited in law journals and judicial materials. She edits the Family Law Prof Blog and is a contributor to the Huffington Post.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, Professor Ryznar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced law with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in Washington, DC.

Professor Ryznar is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she served as a Note Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, and received the Bainbridge Fellowship for the Study of International and Comparative Law. She holds a master’s degree in European Studies from Jagiellonian University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with majors in Economics; English Language & Literature; Political Science; and Law, Letters, & Society.

In Spring 2014, Professor Ryznar was resident as a visitor at Oxford University.

Publications

(SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=1258999)

Books and Chapters

  • Wills, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Lawrence Ganong, ed., forthcoming).
  • Trusts, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Lawrence Ganong, ed., forthcoming).
  • Separation of Assets with Equalization of Accrued Gains (Accruals): A Marital Property Regime for the Modern Family?, in INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF FAMILY LAW (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2014).
  • Baby M, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Lawrence Ganong, ed., forthcoming).
  • Grandparents' Rights, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Lawrence Ganong, ed., forthcoming).
  • College, Financial Support for Children of Divorce, in CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY OF DIVORCE: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Dr. Robert Emery et al. eds.) (2013).
  • Divorce Law in Poland: A New Regime Needed?, in INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF FAMILY LAW (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek & Paweł Stoppa) (2013).
  • National Constitutional Approaches to Family Policy, in ARBEITSKREIS EUROPÄISCHE INTEGRATION (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (Nomos Publishers, forthcoming 2013).
  • Intergenerational Obligations: Post-Majority Child Support in Poland and the United States, in THE SOLIDARITIES BETWEEN GENERATIONS (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (Hugues Fulchiron ed., 2013).
  • The Rules on the Administration of Community Property in Poland, in INTERNATIONAL SURVEY OF FAMILY LAW (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek & Paweł Stoppa) (2012).
  • Palimony, in SOCIAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Lawrence Ganong, ed., forthcoming).

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • Taxation of the Family (work in progress).
  • On Alimony (work in progress).
  • The Family and the Estate Tax (work in progress).
  • The Child Support Obligations of High-Income Parents, HOFSTRA L. REV. (forthcoming).
  • A Framework on Mandating Versus Incentivizng Corporate Social Responsibility MARQUETTE L. REV. (with Karen Woody) (forthcoming).
  • The Trust as More Than A Common Law Creature, OHIO N.U. L. REV. (with Angelique Devaux & DeAnna Beckner) (forthcoming).
  • Recent Developments in Indiana Family Law, IND. L. REV. (forthcoming) (invited).
  • Protecting the Parent-Child Relationship, GEORGE WASHINGTON INT'L L. REV. (with Kristy Horvath) (forthcoming).
  • Incentivizing Parental Support for College Tuition through the Tax Code, 2013 MICH. ST. L. REV. 827 (2013).
  • Au Revoir, Will Contests: Comparative Lessons for Preventing Will Contests, 14 NEV. L.J. 1 (2013) (with Angelique Devaux).
  • Two Direct Rights of Action, 62 CATH. U. L. REV. 1007 (2013).
  • A Crime of Its Own? A Proposal for Achieving Greater Sentencing Consistency in Neonaticide and Infanticide Cases, 47 U. SAN FRAN. L. REV. 459 (2013).
  • A Tale of Two Federal Systems, 21 CARDOZO J. INT’L & COMP. L. 589 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2013).
  • Child Support for Adult Children, 30 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 359 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2012).
  • Underwriting Credit Cards, Overwriting Congress, and Rewriting Family Law: The Treatment of Household Income in Consumer Lending, 86 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 911 (2012).
  • Anti-Bribery Legislation in the United States and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis of Scope and Sentencing, 76 MO. L. REV. 453 (with Samer Korkor) (2011).
  • Harmonizacja Małżeńskiego Prawo Majątkowego w USA i w Unii Europejskiej, 9 PROBLEMY WSPÓŁCZESNEGO PRAWA MIĘDZYNARODOWEGO, EUROPEJSKIEGO I PORÓWNAWCZEGO 35 (wraz z Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2011) (Pol.). Translation: The Harmonization of Matrimonial Property Law in the United States and European Union, ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL, EUROPEAN AND COMPARATIVE LAW 35 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2011) (Pol.).
  • The Honest-Services Doctrine in White-Collar Criminal Law, 34 HAMLINE L. REV. 83 (2010).
  • All’s Fair in Love and War: But What About in Divorce? The Fairness of Property Division in American and English Big Money Divorce Cases, 86 N.D. L. REV. 115 (2010).
  • The Proper Guardians of Foster Children’s Education, 42 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 147 (with Chai Park) (2010).
  • The Legal Treatment of Cohabitation in Poland and the United States, 79 UMKC L. REV. 373 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (symposium issue) (2010).
  • International Commercial Surrogacy and Its Parties, 43 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 1009 (2010).
  • Nabywanie Przedmiotów Majątkowych przez Małżonków z Mieszanych Funduszy, 11 PAŃSTWO I PRAWO 83 (wraz z Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2010) (Pol.). Translation: The Acquisition of Assets with Spousal Funds, 11 STATE AND LAW 83 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2010) (Pol.).
  • To Have and to Hold, for Richer or Richer: Premarital Agreements in the Comparative Context, 13 CHAPMAN L. REV. 27 (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2009).
  • To Work, or Not to Work? The Immortal Tax Disincentives for Married Women, 13 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 921 (2009).
  • Two to Tango, One in Limbo: A Comparative Analysis of Fathers’ Rights in Infant Adoptions, 47 DUQ. L. REV. 89 (2009).
  • Majątek Małżonków po Rozwodzie w Prawie Polskim i w Prawie Amerykańskim, GDAŃSKIE STUDIA PRAWNICZE (wraz z Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2009) (Pol.). Translation: Marital Property After Divorce in Polish and American Law, GDANSK SCHOOL OF LAW JOURNAL (with Dr. Anna Stępień-Sporek) (2009) (Pol.).
  • Note, Adult Rights as the Achilles’ Heel of the Best Interests Standard: Lessons in Family Law from Across the Pond, 82 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1649 (2007) (Third Place, 2008 Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing).
  • Achieving the Lisbon Strategy: Compensating for Lost Time, 38 ECONOMIC PAPERS 21 (2005) (Pol.).

Other Publications

  • Margaret Ryznar, 7th Circuit's Turn to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case, Huffington Post, September 2, 2014.
  • Interviewed by Radio Hosts June Grasso and Mark Mills of Bloomberg Radio, Legal Affairs, “The 7th Circuit Same-Sex Cases,” August 27, 2014.
  • Interviewed by Radio Host Steve Walsh of Lakeshore Public Radio in Northwest Indiana on 89.1FM, “The 7th Circuit Same-Sex Cases,” August 27, 2014.
  • Quoted in Tim Evans, "Court: $2 Million Hoosier Lottery Winner Has to Give Ex-Wife Only $50,000," USA Today, April 23, 2014.
  • Margaret Ryznar, "No Equitable Tolling in Hague Abduction Convention," Huffington Post, March 31, 2014.
  • Cited in Jonathan Bandler, Baby-Slay Cases Vary Widely in Outcomes, THE JOURNAL NEWS (December 14, 2013).
  • Margaret Ryznar, "U.S. Supreme Court Hears Child Abduction Case," Huffington Post, November 25, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, "A False Dawn for Mother Breadwinners," Huffington Post, July 15, 2013.
  • Quoted in Dan McFeely,"Experts: Hoosier Mom Fighting Child Custody in Cyprus Faces Long Odds, Hurdles," Indianapolis Star, July 14, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, "Advice for New Law Professors," AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Newsletter, 2013.
  • Quoted in John Kiernan,"Ask The Experts: Evaluating the CFPB’s Final Rule for Stay-at-Home Parents & Credit Cards," CardHub, May 23, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, "Stay-at-Home Parents’ Access to Credit," Huffington Post, May 28, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “American Father Wins Supreme Court Case in Custody Dispute,” Huffington Post, March 5, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl,” Huffington Post, March 18, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “The Prop 8 and DOMA Cases Before the Supreme Court,” Huffington Post, February 20, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “The Controversial Kansas Sperm Donor Case,” Huffington Post, January 10, 2013.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “Science Outpacing Family Law?,” Huffington Post, December 26, 2012.
  • Quoted in Dave Stafford, “E-state Planning,” Indiana Lawyer, November 21, 2012.
  • Margaret Ryznar, "United Kingdom’s Bribery Act 2010," White Collar Crime Prof Blog, May 5, 2010 (co-authored).
  • Margaret Ryznar, "Federal Sentencing Commission Modifies Sentencing Guidelines Pertaining to Organizations," April 20, 2010 (co-authored).
  • Interviewed by Radio Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky of Capitol Affairs, “Can US Family Courts Determine Custody When One Parent Takes Child Abroad?,” in Washington, DC on 1390 AM and in New York City on 1430 AM, December 6, 2012.
  • Margaret Ryznar, “Rare Family Law Case Heard by U.S. Supreme Court,” Huffington Post, December 10, 2012.

Presentations

  • Faculty Clerkship Panel, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (October 14, 2014).
  • The Child Support Obligations of High-Income Parents, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, Regional Junior Faculty Workshop (September 26, 2014).
  • Hot Topics in Family Law, Faculdades Integradas Espirito Santenses, Indianapolis, IN (September 3, 2014).
  • Careers in Tax Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (September 16, 2014).
  • On Alimony, Ninth Annual Big Ten Junior Scholars Conference, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana (August 14, 2014).
  • Alimony's Job Lock, Family Law Seminar, Oxford University, Oriel College, Oxford, England (June 25, 2014).
  • Family and the Estate Tax, Informal Workshop, Oxford University, Oxford, England (June 13, 2014).
  • Child Support Obligations of High-Income Parents, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Colloquium Series, Indianapolis, IN (February 11, 2014).
  • On Alimony, LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Risk, Injury, Liability, and Insurance, Duck Key, FL (February 1, 2014).
  • Exposing the Myth of Consent: Strictures from Neuroscience, Economics, and Relational Contracting, Invited Commentator, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, New York City, New York (January 5, 2014).
  • Faculty Clerkship Panel, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (January 28, 2014).
  • Child Support Obligations of High-Income Parents, Prawfsfest!, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California (December 10, 2013).
  • Child Support Obligations of High-Income Parents, University of Chicago Law School Legal Scholarship Workshop, Chicago, IL (November 18, 2013).
  • Two Direct Rights of Action, DePaul University College of Law, Colloquium Series, Chicago, IL (October 23, 2013).
  • Workshop on Blogging, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (November 14, 2013).
  • Women in Criminal Law Panel, Moderator, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (October 1, 2013).
  • Adoption Rights in Indiana and Surrounding States, Family Law Society Meeting, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (October 29, 2013).
  • Writing Legal Blogs, Invited Lecturer, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, ND (September 5, 2013).
  • Reflections on Law Teaching, AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers, Washington, DC (June 21, 2013).
  • Child Support Collection on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies - SAIS, Washington, DC (June 10, 2013) (with Ambassador András Simonyi).
  • Incentivizing Parental Support for College Tuition, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, Regional Junior Faculty Workshop (April 5, 2013).
  • Women in Business Law Panel, Moderator, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (April 9, 2013).
  • Two Private Rights of Action, Second Annual Younger Comparativists Committee Conference, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (April 19, 2013).
  • Exposing the Myth of Consent: Strictures from Neuroscience, Economics, and Relational Contracting, Invited Commentator, Annual Conference of the Society of Socio-Economists, New Orleans, Louisiana (January 3, 2013).
  • Two Private Rights of Action, invited to be delivered at the University of Kentucky College of Law Colloquia Series, Lexington, Kentucky (November 30, 2012).
  • Two Private Rights of Action, invited to be delivered at the University of Chicago Law School Legal Scholarship Workshop, Chicago, IL (October 8, 2012).
  • Incentivizing Parental Support for College Tuition, Junior Faculty Forum, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN (October 16, 2012).
  • An Introduction to the European Union, Invited Lecture, University of Mary, Fargo, ND (October 1, 2008, January 20, 2009, & May 21, 2009).
  • The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, Happiness . . . and Fairness? Property Division in American and English Big Money Divorce Cases, delivered at the 13th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law, Palais Trautson (Austrian Ministry of Justice), Vienna, Austria (September 16-20, 2008).
  • Politics in the European Union, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Georgetown University (June 15-16, 2007).

Other Activities

  • Clerkship Faculty Liaison
  • Faculty Advisor, Family Law Society at McKinney Law School of Law
  • Faculty Advisor, Law Review Notes & Research Papers on Family and Juvenile Law
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition; Judge for Regional, National, and International Rounds (2009-2012)
  • Member, American Bar Association and Indiana State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court