Michael S. Paulsen

Prof. Michael S. Paulsen

Distinguished University Chair and Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law

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
2017 National Student Symposium - "The First Amendment in Contemporary Society"
2016 National Lawyers Convention

2016 National Lawyers Convention

The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Speakers: Thomas W. MerrillRichard A. EpsteinWilliam H. PryorJohn C. HarrisonGary LawsonJoan LarsenMichael W. McConnellNelson LundDavid F. ForteAkhil Reed AmarNicholas Quinn RosenkranzMichael S. PaulsenMark PerryJennifer Walker ElrodRichard E. WileyThomas M. HardimanVincent Phillip MunozSandra Segal IkutaMichael O'SheaLisa HeinzerlingJohn A. AllisonLuther StrangeMark BrnovichWilliam KuntzDon WillettAbbe R. GluckPatrick MorriseyRon DeSantisPaul LarkinAdam KleinSusan G. BradenSeth HarrisOrin S. KerrPaul D. ClementJohn S. BakerRonald A. CassDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainFrank H. EasterbrookWilliam N. EskridgeAdam MossoffDouglas H. GinsburgRoger PilonJonathan R. TurleyJohn C. EastmanCarlos T. BeaSaikrishna B. PrakashKannon K. ShanmugamEugene ScaliaIlya SominJerry E. SmithDiane S. SykesStephen J. MarkmanMichael UhlmannRichard W. GarnettPatrick A. ParenteauR CruzWilliam P. MarshallSamuel A. AlitoClarence ThomasNadine StrossenEugene VolokhNoel J. FranciscoJames W. ElyAllison EidStephanos BibasBrian FitzpatrickEdith H. JonesDavid StrasRoderick M. HillsTodd ZywickiStephen I. VladeckArthur D. HellmanBill SamuelJeffrey S. SuttonRachel BarkowJoshua SarnoffC HemphillSteven CollotonE ElliottFloyd AbramsVictoria NoursePhil GrammRaymond KethledgeBradford R. ClarkDeepak GuptaDeborah A. GarzaAdam LaxaltBen SasseKimberley A. StrasselLeonard N. ChaninElizabeth GoiteinHenry GoldbergDavid J. KapposToni MassaroLawrence SolumMark FloydRandel K. JohnsonNikki HaleyDeborah L. RhodeAllan Rostron
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: DC Young Lawyers ChapterWashington DC Lawyers ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group