Tessa L. Dysart, J.D.

Assistant Professor

    Tessa Dysart


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JD, Harvard Law School
B.A., Willamette University


Tessa L. Dysart received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Willamette University in 2001, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005. Between her undergraduate and law degrees she studied in Moscow, Russia, on a Fulbright. She joined the Regent University School of Law faculty in 2012.

Prior to coming to Regent, Prof. Dysart worked on important public policy issues, including human trafficking and judicial nominations at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the American Center for Law & Justice. She clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the Hon. Dennis W. Shedd.

She currently teaches Appellate Advocacy, Constitutional Law, and First Amendment.


Selected publications

The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America's Sex-Trafficked Children (May 13, 2013). Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 44, 2013.

Child, Victim, or Prostitute? Justice Through Immunity for Prostituted Children (June 2014). Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Vol. 21, 2014.

The Origination Clause, the Affordable Care Act, and Indirect Constitutional Violations (April 2015). Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 24, 2015.