Paul Butler (professor)

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Paul Butler
Born (1961-01-15) January 15, 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Alma materYale University (BA)
Harvard Law School (JD)
Scientific career
FieldsCriminal law
InstitutionsGeorgetown University Law Center

Paul Delano Butler (born January 15, 1961)[1] is an American lawyer, former prosecutor, and current law professor of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a leading criminal law scholar, particularly in the area of race and jury nullification.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Paul Butler was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory School. He received his B.A. degree cum laude from Yale University and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Legal career[edit]

Butler clerked for the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe of the U.S. District Court in New York.[2] He then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in white collar criminal defense and civil litigation.[3]

Following his time in private practice, Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption.[3] While at the Department of Justice, Butler also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases.

Academic career[edit]

Butler is currently the Albert Brick Professor in Law at the Georgetown Law Center, where he teaches criminal law and criminal procedure.[2]

His scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. He has authored chapters in several books, written a column for the Legal Times, and published numerous op-ed articles, including in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News.[2] He lectures regularly for the ABA and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the U.S.[2] Butler was a regular contributor at until its demise in 2009.[4][5]

He was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award three times by the Georgetown Law graduating class and has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[2] In 2003, he was elected to the American Law Institute. In 2009, his first book, Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, was published by The New Press.[6]



  • Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (The New Press, 2010)[6]
  • Chokehold: Policing Black Men (The New Press, 2017)[7]


  1. ^ "Butler, Paul, 1961-". Library of Congress. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2009-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Official Biography at the George Washington University Law School | 27 May 2009
  3. ^ a b "One Angry Man", By Patricia Cohen, Staff Writer, Washington Post, May 30, 1997
  4. ^ Daniels, Jessie (June 24, 2009). "RIP". Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Race, Law and Culture". Library of Congress Web Archives Collection; 2006-05-31. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Butler, Paul (August 30, 2018). "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice". ISBN 978-1-59558-500-4. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Butler, Paul (May 30, 2010). "Chokehold: Policing Black Men". ISBN 978-1-62097-483-4. Retrieved October 27, 2018.

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