Paula Selis

Adjunct Professor

Contact

Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
email:  selisp@seattleu.edu

Education

B.A., Dartmouth College
J.D., Seattle University School of Law

Specializations

Consumer Law
Information Privacy Law

Biography

Paula Selis '82 acted as Senior Counsel for the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office until her retirement in 2015. Her responsibilities included litigation, legislation, and business and consumer education during her 33 years with the Office.

Ms. Selis' areas of focus have included telemarketing, auto dealers, credit reporting and advertising. She has been responsible for heading the Office's Telemarketing Focus Group. On a national level, she has worked with the National Association of Attorneys General on a variety of issues, including cross-border telemarketing fraud, Internet fraud, and privacy. In 1999, she was appointed head of the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection High Tech Unit, where her cases centered on such issues as online privacy, Internet auction fraud, junk email, business opportunity scams and health care fraud. She has co-authored articles on Internet Auction Fraud and Privacy Policy Best Practices with the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology at the University of Washington Law School.

In addition to litigation, Ms. Selis has also worked on numerous bills sponsored by the Attorney General, including legislation regulating telemarketing, 900-numbers, credit reporting, auto brokering, going-out-of-business sales, unsolicited electronic mail, the promotional advertising of prizes, identity theft and consumer financial privacy.