Ryan Tack-Hooper has been a member of Terrell Marshall Law Group since 2020. He concentrates on class actions to protect employees, consumers, and people whose civil rights have been violated. He has been co-lead counsel in successful litigation across the country in state and federal courts, including cases involving discrimination on the basis of disability, religion, speech, and race. Mr. Tack-Hooper received a B.A., cum laude, from Lewis & Clark College in 2004. In 2009, he received a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Prior to joining Terrell Marshall, Mr. Tack-Hooper was the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he taught legal writing, and he was a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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Delawareans for Educational Opportunity v. Carney—Co-lead counsel in constitutional challenge to inadequate education system in Delaware, successfully overcoming State’s efforts to dismiss the lawsuit, and co-chairing bench trial on the issue of Delaware’s inequitable property tax assessment system.
Wright v. City of Wilmington—Successful class action representation of residents arrested pursuant to an unconstitutional detention policy, leading to reform of the police department’s stop and arrest policies and training.
Nickerson v. Town of Milton—Successfully challenged city ordinance forbidding political yard signs.
Rudenberg v. The Chief Deputy Attorney General of the Delaware Department of Justice—Negotiated resolution of public records matter involving disclosure of documents revealing scope and nature of state police use of secret surveillance technology.
Bensalem Masjid Inc. v. Bensalem Township—Successful challenge to the discriminatory denial of zoning permits for the construction of the first mosque in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania.
Publications and Press
Ryan Tack-Hooper, Introduction: Corporate Power and Discrimination by Algorithm, Discrimination 2.0: How Social Media Platforms Are Assisting Prejudice, ACLU CLE (Jan. 2019)
Ryan Tack-Hooper, The Power and Politics of the US Census, Millennial Summit (Aug. 2019)
Ryan Tack-Hooper, No, the Government Cannot Censor Social Media, Opinion Editorial, The News Journal (Mar. 2018)
Ryan Tack-Hooper & Richard Morse, Ethical issues and Considerations in Cases Which Involve a Representative Plaintiff, Delaware State Bar Association Office and Trial Practice 2018 (Nov. 2018)
Ryan Tack-Hooper, Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech, Chancellor’s Forum of the Philadelphia Bar Association (Feb. 2015)
Ryan Tack-Hooper, Book Annotation, Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking, 40 Journal of International Law and Politics 1091 (2008)
Professional Organizations and Activities
- Delaware Innocence Project, Advisory Board Member, March 2018-December 2019
- Delaware Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission, Governor’s Appointee, July 2016-February 2019
- Delaware Professional Licensing Review Committee, Governor’s Appointee, April 2015-October 2016
- State of Delaware Senate Tribute for work as Legal Director of the ACLU of Delaware
- New York University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude)
- Executive Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics
- Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow
- Fellow, South Brooklyn Legal Services, assisting with challenges to consumer debt collection schemes
- Lewis & Clark College, B.A. (cum laude)
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
- Pennsylvania (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, District of Delaware