Tessa Dysart

Assistant Vice Provost for Native American Initiatives

Tessa was previously the Assistant Director of Legal Writing and Clinical Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law. She also served as the Secretary of the Faculty Senate from (add dates) and is a member of the University Advisory Council.

Professor Dysart writes and speaks nationally on appellate advocacy issues. She is the author or editor of four books. Her publications have appeared in The Green Bag, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, and the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy.

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.

In 2021, Professor Dysart was appointed to a four-year term on the Arizona State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She also serves on the Arizona Board of Regents Free Expression Committee. Professor Dysart is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Since 2023, she has served as a pro tem judge for the Tohono O'odham Nation.