Prof. Carissa Byrne Hessick

Anne Shea Ransdell and William Garland "Buck" Ransdell, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

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 Carolina Law, Professor Hessick taught on the faculties at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. She also spent two years as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. 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.

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

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Publications and Multimedia
Beckles v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-8-17 featuring Carissa Hessick
May 08, 2017
Beckles v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 12-21-16 featuring Carissa Byrne Hessick
December 21, 2016
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