Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Law

 Sullivan Hall 119


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Youth Advocacy Clinic


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


Paul Holland joined the faculty in 2004 to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic. He has served as Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic (2006 through 2009), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2009-2014) and Vice Dean (2017 - 2019).

He continues to teach in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and has remained active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policymaker. He has served on the Washington Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (2005-2009, Chair 2008-09) and the King County Public Defense Advisory Board (2014-19, Chair, 2017-19). Over the past decade, he has become one of the state's leading advocates for clients in the clemency process, work which the Seattle Clemency Project recognized in 2019 by honoring him with its Visionaries award.

Before joining the Seattle University faculty, Professor Holland taught in clinics at Georgetown University Law Center, Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law, and University of Michigan Law School. He has frequently facilitated working groups on teaching at the AALS Conferences on Clinical Legal Education.


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