University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Stephen Ryals rejoined ArchCity Defenders in October 2021 as Special Litigation Counsel. Prior to his current position, he worked at the Department of Justice for five years, specializing in systemic reform of police agencies. Ryals has practiced law for 37 years, primarily handling Section 1983 Civil Rights cases. He previously worked at ArchCity Defenders in 2015, helping to establish the Civil Rights Litigation unit.