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B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1988
J.D., magna cum laude, New York University, 1991
LL.M., Georgetown University, 1996


Youth Advocacy Clinic

Paul Holland

Associate Professor of Law and Director of Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Programs

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Paul Holland joined the faculty in 2004 to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic. He served as Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic from 2006 through 2009, managing the expansion of the clinic's programs in domestic violence, immigration, international human rights, and community development. From 2009 through 2014, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

He continues to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and has remained active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policymaker. His article, Schooling Miranda: Policing Interrogation in The Twenty-First Century Schoolhouse, published in the Loyola Law Review, was cited in several briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in the 2011 case of J.D.B. v. North Carolina. He served on the Washington Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee from 2005-2009, serving the final year as Chair. In 2014, he was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the King County Public Defense Advisory Board.

Before joining the Seattle University faculty, Professor Holland taught in clinics at Georgetown University Law Center (1994-99), Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law (1999-2001), and University of Michigan Law School (2001-04). He has been an active member of the national clinical teaching community throughout his career. His 2009 article, Sharing Stories: Narrative Lawyering in Bench Trials, examines fundamental notions of modern lawyering theory in the context of bench trials. His 2011 article, Lawyering and Learning in Problem-Solving Courts, extends this inquiry further, looking at the challenges of clinical teaching in one of the fastest-growing modern American judicial innovations.

Recent Activity

Rethink juvenile detention center

December 29, 2016
Professor Paul Holland writes about flaws in King County's plan for juvenile detention.

Clinic wins clemency for Everett man

November 09, 2016
The law school’s Youth Advocacy Clinic recently won clemency for Robert King, a 63-year-old Everett man sentenced to life in prison without parole.

New sentencing for killer of Ballard High student

November 05, 2015
Juvenile and young offenders should be treated differently when charged as adults, says Professor Paul Holland.

Jesuit law schools unite in effort to help child refugees

March 18, 2015
Seattle University is one of 13 Jesuit law schools across the country that have formed a united front to help unaccompanied minors and families crossing into the United States from Central America in unprecedented numbers.