Paul G. Cassell

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Paul George Cassell (born 1959) is a former United States federal judge, who is a professor at the law school of the University of Utah. He is best known as an expert in and proponent of the rights of crime victims.

Born in Orange, California in 1959, Cassell received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1979. He later received a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1984, and was a law clerk for Antonin Scalia, then a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, from 1984 to 1985. He was a law clerk for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1985 to 1986. He was then an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1986 to 1988, and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1988 to 1991. He was a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah from 1992 to 2002 and since 2007.

On September 4, 2001, Cassell was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah vacated by David Sam. Cassell was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 13, 2002, and received his commission on May 15, 2002, and served in that capacity until his resignation on November 5, 2007. Cassell then returned to teaching at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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