- Paul Chill
- Clinical Professor of Law
- Chase Hall 311
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Since joining the faculty in 1988, Paul Chill has supervised clinical programs focusing on child protection, civil rights, disability, and mental health law, and most recently mediation. He also regularly teaches a non-clinical course on legal ethics and has taught courses on torts, criminal law, and legal interviewing, counseling and negotiation. From 2004-08 Chill served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the first alumnus of the Law School ever appointed to that position.
Chill has received broad recognition for his clinical teaching and advocacy on behalf of parents and families. The Connecticut Law Tribune named him one of "Ten Lawyers and Judges Who Made a Difference" in 1998 for his work as lead counsel in a lawsuit (Pamela B. v. Ment) that led to systemic reform of the state's juvenile court system. He is a past recipient of the Connecticut Law Review Award, given for excellence in legal scholarship and service to the legal community. He was an original member of the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection and served on the commission during the entire period of its existence from 2006 to 2011.
A 1979 honors graduate of Wesleyan University, Chill spent three years after college as a state youth services officer, working with Connecticut's most dangerous juvenile offenders. He graduated from UConn Law School with honors in 1985 and began his legal career as a plaintiff's employment litigator with the New Haven firm of Garrison, Kahn, Silbert & Arterton. From 1993-98 he also served as a part-time state magistrate, presiding in small claims and motor vehicle matters. His published writings include a treatise on Connecticut child protection law and practice, an article on the procedural impact of emergency child removal, a mock trial published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and several shorter publications.