Professor Sessa is an expert
practitioner who brings more than three decades of practical experience to his
role as director of the School of Law’s Community Business Law Clinic. Early in
his career, Professor Sessa left his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, to open a
legal services office in Appalachian Ohio, where for two years he represented
clients in a broad range of matters and also started a Battered Women’s Shelter.
He then moved to Cape Cod Legal Services, where he specialized in family and
housing law while representing a variety of community organizations.
his 30 years of private practice in Boston at a firm he founded, Professor
Sessa represented clients in business, contract law and litigation. Half of his
practice was dedicated to community lawyering, representing many grassroots and
community organizations, tenant groups, agencies and nonprofits. He also
represented the city of Boston in developing affordable housing projects.
his career, Professor Sessa has led trainings throughout the country for
community groups and the lawyers and organizers who work with them. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center For Health, Environment &
Justice, which he has worked with since its founding 30 years ago by environmental activist Lois Gibbs,
organizer of the Love Canal battle against the government in the 1970s.