Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Clinical Professor of Law
JD, UConn Law School
BA, Wesleyan University
Child Protection, Lawyering Skills, Legal Ethics, Torts
Paul Chill was the law school’s first associate dean for experiential education, a position he held from 2013 to 2021. He has taught clinical courses focusing on child protection, civil rights, disability, mental health law and, most recently, mediation. He has also taught professional responsibility, torts, criminal law, and legal interviewing, counseling and negotiation. In 2021, he was named associate dean for academic affairs, a position he held from 2004 to 2008.
Chill has received broad recognition for his teaching and advocacy. In 1998 he was named one of “Ten Lawyers and Judges Who Made a Difference” by the Connecticut Law Tribune for his role as lead counsel in a lawsuit (Pamela B. v. Ment) that transformed the state’s juvenile court system. He is a past recipient of the Connecticut Law Review Award and in 2018 won the Perry Zirkel ’76 Distinguished Teaching Award as teacher of the year. Chill was an original member of the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection and his published writings include a treatise on Connecticut child protection law that has been cited by the Connecticut Supreme Court, a widely-cited journal article on emergency removal of children, a mock trial published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and several shorter publications.
An honors graduate of Wesleyan University, after college Chill served for three years as a state youth services officer, working with Connecticut’s most serious juvenile offenders. After graduating with honors from the law school in 1985, he worked as a plaintiff’s employment litigator with the law firm of Garrison, Kahn, Silbert & Arterton in New Haven. He has also served as a part-time magistrate, presiding in small claims and motor vehicle matters.
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