Ryan K. Thompson is a first-year PhD student in UNL’s Legal Decision-Making Lab. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University – College Station and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Houston. Ryan is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico. His work as an attorney focused primarily on real estate, family, and energy law, both in private practice and in the corporate realm. His legal career gave him extensive experience in all matters of civil trial advocacy.

His current research interests include a focus on the decision-making process inherent to the American legal system, across all players, both in civil and in criminal proceedings; he is also interested in the practical application of this research into both the crafting or amending of laws within the Federal and State Legislatures as well as implementing evidentiary based guidelines centered on jury instructions. Currently his research is focused on an in-depth analysis of arbitration clauses, looking at both comprehension and motivation issues. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing guitar and bass, playing with his two dogs, Sammy and Willow, reading and hanging out with friends and family.