Prof. Carissa Byrne Hessick

Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah
Carissa Byrne Hessick

Carissa Byrne Hessick received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and winner of the Potter Stewart Prize for the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals.  After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Barbara S. Jones on the Southern District of New York and for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the D.C. Circuit.  She also worked as a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.

Before joining the faculty at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor Hessick spent two years as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School and then taught for six years on the faculty at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  While at Arizona State, Professor Hessick won the Outstanding Teacher Award, which is awarded based on a vote of the graduating class.

Professor Hessick’s areas of research and expertise include criminal sentencing, criminal law, and child pornography.   She teaches criminal law, federal criminal law, and professional responsibility.

  • B.A. 1999, Linguistics, Columbia University
  • J.D. 2002, Law, Yale Law School

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Publications and Multimedia
Applying the Rules of Statutory Construction
Short video featuring Carissa Hessick discussing Lockhart v. United States
October 28, 2015
Peugh v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-18-13 featuring Carissa Byrne Hessick
June 18, 2013
Peugh v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 2-27-13 featuring Carissa Byrne Hessick
February 27, 2013
J.D.B. v. North Carolina - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 08-04-11 featuring Carissa Byrne Hessick
August 04, 2011
J.D.B. v. North Carolina - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 04-14-11 featuring Carissa Byrne Hessick
April 14, 2011
Immigration and the Role of the States - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011