Michael Paulsen received his B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for appellate advocacy. After graduation from law school, he joined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division Honors Program, and has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel.
Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Paulsen served as the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law and Public Policy, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Professor Paulsen is among the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others.
- J.D., Yale Law School
- M.A., Yale Divinity School
- B.A., Northwestern University
Columbia Law School - March 3-4, 2017Columbia Law School
New York, NY 10027
William Baude • Richard A. Epstein • Philip A. Hamburger • Marci A. Hamilton • Thomas M. Hardiman • Jameel Jaffer • Douglas Laycock • Debra Ann Livingston • Irina D. Manta • William P. Marshall • John O. McGinnis • Thomas W. Merrill • Lee Liberman Otis • Michael Stokes Paulsen • Richard Pildes • William H. Pryor • Reena Raggi • Bradley A. Smith • Richard Sullivan • Eugene Volokh
Free Speech & Election Law • Religious Liberties
Dekalb, IL 60115
Federalism & Separation of Powers
2017 National Student Symposium
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2016 National Lawyers Convention
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2015 National Lawyers Convention
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Short Video about the Constitution
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