Diana Hassel, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic AffairsJuris DoctorFaculty
Professor Diana Hassel regularly leads a group of students to experience “legal Washington,” which features attendance at a Supreme Court argument, a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito and his law clerks, a visit to the Department of Justice, and a session with United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. She has also taught in our summer program in London.
In addition to her work with the Honors and Study Abroad programs, Professor Hassel teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights litigation, and lawyering skills. She serves as a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Legal Services Committee and participates in community legal education through a program called Citizen’s Law School. Prior to joining RWU’s faculty, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. There, she represented the United States in various aspects of civil litigation including civil rights, environment issues, tax matters and defense contractor fraud.
A graduate of Rutgers Law and Mount Holyoke College, Professor Hassel teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights litigation, and lawyering skills, and won a national award for an article on Constitutional law that appeared in the Texas Law Review.
Recently, she contributed a piece for the Roger Williams First Amendment blog, titled “Is the Wall Between Church and State Crumbling?” (https://firstamendment.rwu.edu/wall-church-state-crumbling/)