B.A., Fordham University
J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Brescia combines his experience as a public interest attorney in New York City with his scholarly interests to address economic and social inequality, the legal and policy implications of financial crises, how innovative legal and regulatory approaches can improve economic and community development efforts, and the need to expand access to justice for people of low and moderate income.  He is the author of “The Future of Change: How Technology Shapes Social Revolutions” (Cornell University Press, 2020), which examines the intersection of technology and social movements, from the American Revolution, to the present day.  He is also the co-editor of two books: Crisis Lawyering: Effective Legal Advocacy in Emergency Situations” (New York University Press, 2021); and “How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality (Routledge 2016).

Before coming to Albany Law, he was the Associate Director of the Urban Justice Center in New York, N.Y., where he coordinated legal representation for community-based institutions in areas such as housing, economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights and environmental justice. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School from 1997 through 2006. Prior to his work at the Urban Justice Center, he was a staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance and the Legal Aid Society of New York, where he was a recipient of a Skadden Fellowship after graduation from law school.

Professor Brescia also served as Law Clerk to the pathbreaking Civil Rights attorney-turned-federal judge, the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. While a student Yale Law School, Professor Brescia was co-recipient of the Charles Albom Prize for Appellate Advocacy; was a student director of several clinics, including the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Homelessness Clinic; and was Visiting Lecturer in Yale College.

Professor Brescia is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

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Blog: the Future of Change

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Forthcoming Publications
  • Lessons from the Present: Three Crises and Their Potential Impact on the Legal Profession, HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming, Fall 2021)» Link to Publication

  • Legal Ethics in Pandemics: The Lawyer for the (Crisis) Situation, GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS (forthcoming, Spring 2021)» Link to Publication

  • Social Change and the Associational Self: Protecting the Integrity of Identity and Democracy in the Digital Age, PENN STATE LAW REVIEW (Forthcoming, Spring 2021)» Link to Publication

  • Privacy’s ‘Three Mile Island’ and the Need to Protect Political Privacy in Private-Law Contexts, 48 Florida State University Law Review (forthcoming 2021)» Link to Publication

Opinion Pieces

The Hill : A Better Way to Investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol Attack, Feb. 18, 2021
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Washington Post, The USPS Is a Crucial Tool for Democracy — Helping the Left and the Right Organize , August 17, 2020
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The Hill : Preventing a Public Health Crisis from Turning into a Homelessness Crisis , July 16, 2021
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Next City: Saving Homes to Save the Nation , June 24, 2020
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The Hill: It's Not the Technology, It's the Movement , June 8, 2020
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Professor Brescia is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.​


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