Restraining Order Clinical Instructor
Room 4312C, Law School
B.A. Boston College
J.D. Quinnipiac University School of Law
Ryan Poe-Gavlinski (she/her) is a 2004 graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law. Ryan is the Director of the Restraining Order and Survivor Advocacy Clinic (ROSA) and the Director of the Lawyering Skills program at UW Law School. Ryan is originally from Southern California and has been licensed to practice in Connecticut, California, West Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin. Prior to working at UW Law Shool, she worked for the Department of Child Services for the State of Indiana, a staff attorney at Legal Aid of West Virginia, and an Assistant Public Defender at the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Riverside County, California. Ryan has worked in areas of law including poverty law, criminal defense for both minors and adults, family law and other civil legal matters in assisting victims of intimate partner violence and child welfare law.
The Restraining Order and Survivor Advocacy Clinic, formally known as the VOCA Restraining Order Clinic received the Innovator of the Year Award in 2019 from the Wisconsin State Bar. In addition, Ryan received a 2020 Crime Victim Service Award Honorable Mention for Outstanding Victim Advocacy from the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association.
Along with her work with the ROSA Clinic and Lawyering Skills, Ryan also serves as a Guardian ad Litem in Dane County and is a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Wisconsin State Bar. She is a graduate of the Wisconsin State Bar's G. Lane Ware Leadership Program. Ryan currently serves as Chair of the Employee Wellness Committee and is a member of the J.D. Grants Committee.
In her free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with her family and friends and training in Taekwondo with her daughter. She is currently a 1st Degree Black Belt and a 2022 District Champion.
News & Media
Thursday, Dec 1, 2022Ryan Poe-Gavlinski Raises Awareness for Survivors During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Badger Herald
Monday, Jul 11, 2022Ryan Poe-Gavlinski Comments on Wisconsin’s ‘Honor’ System for Removing Guns from Domestic Violence Defendants
Friday, Jul 30, 2021Ryan Poe-Gavlinski discusses proposal for lifetime restraining orders to protect sexual assault survivors
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021Ryan Poe-Gavlinski discusses ramifications of delayed criminal proceedings on a victim of sexual assault
Thursday, May 7, 2020Ryan Poe-Gavlinski discusses the work of the VOCA Restraining Order Clinic
Dr. Toby Out On Call
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020Ryan Poe-Gavlinski: Providing legal support for domestic abuse victims under Stay At Home orders
Friday, Mar 6, 2020VOCA Restraining Order Clinic offers life-changing help to domestic violence survivors
Wisconsin Law Journal
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019Now in second year, UW Law's Restraining Order Clinic serves legal needs of domestic violence survivors
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019VOCA Restraining Order Clinic wins state bar award for legal innovation
- Client Interviewing & Counseling
- Legal Profession
- Practice Skills
- Skills Training
- Trial Advocacy