Associate Dean Paul Holland receives McGoldrick Fellowship

January 30, 2014

Professor Paul Holland, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law, is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious McGoldrick Fellowship.

Paul Holland "Those who know Paul attest to his intellect, his calming presence and, perhaps most important, his deep care and concern for the law students," said. University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. "James B. McGoldrick, S.J., was an extraordinary teacher and administrator who modeled Jesuit education at its best and always put Seattle University's students first. These are the same values that Paul demonstrates as a teacher, scholar and leader."

Since joining SU in 2004, he has taken on increasing leadership responsibilities. Before he was named associate dean in 2009, he directed the nationally recognized Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, through which law students work on real cases to serve poor and marginalized populations.

Highly regarded in the legal aid community, Holland is active in the field of juvenile justice as a scholar and policy maker. Widely published in the fields of child and juvenile advocacy, he is frequently sought for his expertise on the subjects. Former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed him to the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee in 2005 and as chair of the committee in 2008.

Holland's colleagues admire the steady and principled leadership he has brought to the School of Law. Yet, at his core, he is a teacher who brings out the best in his students while helping to guide them toward lifelong commitments to social justice.

As recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship, he will receive a one-semester sabbatical and be honored at the annual faculty and staff appreciation event in the spring.