Tessa
Dysart
Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Office Number: 
258
Office Phone: 
5206263698

Biographical Information

Tessa L. Dysart is the Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. With the Hon. Leslie H. Southwick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, she co-authored the third edition of Winning on Appeal:  Better Briefs and Oral Arguments. She manages the Appellate Advocacy Blog, writes on human trafficking and constitutional law, and lectures nationally on developing effective state anti-trafficking laws.

Professor Dysart is a graduate of Willamette University and Harvard Law School. She clerked for the Hon. Dennis W. Shedd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Her practice experience includes working for the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty she taught appellate advocacy and constitutional law courses at Regent University School of Law, where she coached award-winning moot court teams and advised the program to a national ranking.

Representative Publications

  • Winning on Appeal:  Better Briefs and Oral Argument (3d ed., forthcoming 2017) (co-author, with Ruggerio J. Aldisert & Leslie H. Southwick).
  • The Origination Clause, the Affordable Care Act, and Indirect Constitutional Violations, 24 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 451 (2015).
  • Child, Victim, or Prostitute? Justice Through Immunity for Prostituted Children, 21 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 255 (2014).
  • The Protected Innocence Initiative:  Building Protective State Law Regimes for America's Sex-Trafficked Children, 44 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 619 (2013).
  • Complete list of publications

Education

J.D.
Harvard Law School
2005

Co-managing Editor (2004 - 2005), Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

Fullbright Scholarship
Moscow Institute for Advanced Studies, Moscow, Russia
2001 - 2002
B.A.
Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
2001

Graduated magna cum laude

Work Experience

Assistant Director of Legal Writing & Associate Clinical Professor of Law
James E Rogers College of Law
2017 - present
Adjunct & Assistant Professor of Law
Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
2011; 2012 - 2017
Associate Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice
Washington, D.C.; Virginia Beach, Virginia
2009 - 2012
Counsel, United States Senate Judiciary Committee
Washington, D.C.
2008 - 2009
Counsel, Office of Legal Policy
United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
2006 - 2008
Judicial Clerk
Hon. Dennis W. Shedd, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Columbia, South Carolina
2005 - 2006