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Carissa Hessick

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Professor 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 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.

Scholarship Highlights

Major Published Articles

The Limits of Child Pornography, 98 Ind. L.J. (forthcoming 2014)

The Non-Redelegation Doctrine, 55 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 163 (co-authored with F.A. Hessick) (2013)

Double Jeopardy as a Limit on Punishment, 97 Cornell L. Rev. 45 (co-authored with F.A. Hessick) (2011)

Recognizing Constitutional Rights at Sentencing, 99 Cal. L. Rev. 47 (co-authored with F.A. Hessick) (2011)

Ineffective Assistance at Sentencing, 50 B.C. L. Rev. 1069 (2009)

Why Are Only Bad Acts Good Sentencing Factors?, 88 B.U. L. Rev. 1109 (2008)

Appellate Review of Sentencing Decisions, 60 ALA. L. Rev. 1 (co-authored with F.A. Hessick) (2008)

Violence Between Lovers, Strangers, and Friends, 85 Wash. U. L. Rev. 343 (2007)

Motive’s Role in Criminal Punishment, 80 S. Cal. L. Rev. 89 (2006)

Works in Progress

Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences (edited volume, under contract with University of Michigan Press)

Strange Neighbors: The Role of States in Immigration Policy (co-edited with G.J. Chin) (under contract with New York University Press)

Selected Talks and Presentations

Procedural Rights at Sentencing, Faculty Workshop, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C. (upcoming March 20, 2014)

Federal Sentencing at a Crossroads, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX (November 15, 2013)

Enforcing Procedural Rights at Sentencing, Law and Society Association, Boston, MA, May 2013

Substantive Law and the Case Against Treating Juveniles Like Adults, Juveniles and the Criminal Law Symposium, Texas Tech School of Law, Lubbock, TX, April 2013

Procedural Rights at Sentencing, Faculty Workshop, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, March 2013

The Limits of Child Pornography, Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 2012

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Professional Service

Member, Academic Advisory Board, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Getting Scholarship into Courts Project, June 2012 — present

Member, Executive Workgroup and Policy & Strategy sub-committee, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Reentry Initiative, March 2011 — April 2013

Appointed by Governor as University Researcher with expertise in the area of sex offender research, Arizona State Legislature, Federal Sex Offender Registration Notification Act Study Committee, October 2009 — April 2013