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 and has taught in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, the Defender Clinic, and the Housing Justice Clinic. He currently serves as the school’s inaugural Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and has previously served as Vice Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. He has also taught Evidence and various lawyering skills courses.

He remains active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policymaker. He currently serves on the Washington Council on Public Defense and has previously 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 and other post-conviction proceedings and in 2019 was recognized by the Seattle Clemency Project 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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