Community

Ryan is committed to improving his community with his legal skills. He is a board member of Whatcom PFLAG and Whatcom Pride, and provides pro bono legal services at Law Advocates. He also teaches at Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College with the goal of engendering that same passion for the law and community development in his students.

Speaking Engagements

“The Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision and its Effect on the Legal Rights of the LGBT Community,” Whatcom County PFLAG Support Group Presentation (July 2018)

“Safe Zone LGBT Issues,” Whatcom County Guardian Ad Litem Training (September 2018)

“The Ins and Outs of Insurance,” Whatcom Community College Community Education (October 3, 2018)

“LGBT Basics,” Bellingham Technical College Employee Training (October 29, 2018)

“LGBT Basics,” Whatcom Superior Court Judge/Commissioner Training (November 8, 2018)

“LGBT Rights and the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision,” Skagit County PFLAG Support Group Presentation (November 11, 2018)

“LGBT Basics and Legal Issues,” WWU Planned Parenthood Generation Student Group presentation (November 27, 2018)

“Employment Law for the LGBT Community,” LifeLong AIDS Alliance Presentation (March 27, 2019)

“Cover Your Assets: Essential Guide to Protecting Your assets with Insurance,” Community Presentation at Brandywine Kitchen, with independent insurance agent Cassie Robles at Rice Insurance and real estate agent Nicole Tingvall at John L. Scott Real Estate (April 3, 2019)

“Basics of the Constitution and Civil Rights,” Whatcom Community College Continuing & Community Education (October 7, 2019)

“The Ins and Outs of Insurance,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (October 9, 2019) with Cassie Robles of Rice Insurance

“LGBT Basics for the Service Industry,” Bellingham Nightlife Association training (March 3, 2020)

“Creating an Effective Employee Handbook,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (March 6, 2020)

“Basics of the Constitution and Civil Rights,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (June 9, 2020).

“How Small Businesses Can Avoid Liability in the COVID-19 Era,” Ferndale Chamber of Commerce (July 9, 2020).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

“Basics of the Constitution and Civil Rights,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (October 6 and 8, 2020).

“The Ins and Outs of Insurance,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (October 20, 2020) with Cassie Robles of Rice Insurance

“Creating an Effective Employee Handbook,” Whatcom Community College, Continuing & Community Education (November 13, 2020)

Professional and Community Activities

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Whatcom County Board Member at Large

Whatcom Pride Board Member and Secretary

Law Advocates Legal Aid Volunteer

Professor of business law at Bellingham Technical College

Instructor of Insurance Basics, Employment Law, Constitutional Law, and Civil Rights at Whatcom Community College