Michael Paulsen

Visiting Fellow

Michael Paulsen is the University of St. Thomas School of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He received his BA degree with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MA degree in religion from Yale Divinity School and a JD degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for appellate advocacy. After graduation from law school, he joined the Department of Justice in the Criminal Division Honors Program. He has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law and Religious Freedom in Washington, DC, and as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel.

Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Paulsen served as the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law and Public Policy, Briggs and Morgan Professor of Law, and associate dean for research and scholarship at the University of Minnesota Law School. 

Paulsen is among the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, and his publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, NYU Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal, among many others. 

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