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Sean Lyness
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Areas of Expertise
  • Civil Procedure
  • Administrative Law
  • State & Local Government Law
  • Property Law
  • Government Lawyering
  • Environmental Law and Justice

Sean Lyness

Assistant Professor of Law


JD, Harvard Law School
AB, Political Science, Brown University

Professional Background

Professor Sean Lyness joined New England Law in 2019, first as an Instructor of Legal Writing and then as a Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Law.

Following law school, he clerked for the Presiding Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court and worked as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General. During his time at the Office of the Attorney General, he prosecuted environmental cases, defended the state in tort, employment, and constitutional actions, and adjudicated public records and open meetings disputes.
Professor Lyness’s research interests are in environmental law at the state and local levels, and he has written widely on the subject.