Hessick, who joined the College faculty in 2008, served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Judge Reena Raggi of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He spent a year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General for the United States, working on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and then worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel.
Hessick teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, the Supreme Court in American Politics, and Judicial Remedies.
The Encyclopedia is edited by David S. Tanenhaus, associate professor of History and the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"This new five-volume MacMillan set focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present," states a description of the set. "One of the encyclopedia's distinguishing themes is the examination of case law, the essential texts that form the backbone of legal and pre-legal study in the United States.
"Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation. This approach plays directly into the cutting-edge field known as the 'law and social issues movement,' which studies political and non-judicial history, and advocates a 'law outside the courts' approach. Almost 1,100 peer-reviewed articles cover concepts, cases, topics, personalities, institutions, events, and processes. Written in accessible language and supplemented with a glossary, thematic outline, historical documents, illustrations, and indexes, this title provides context and ease-of-use to law and pre-law students, professors, legal professionals and general users."