Paul Chill

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Clinical Professor of Law
Headshot of Professor Chill.
Office: Chase 311


  • Child Protection
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Legal Ethics
  • Torts

Paul Chill is the law school’s first associate dean for experiential education, a position he has held since 2013.  Professor Chill 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. From 2004-2008 he served as associate dean for academic affairs.

Professor 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.  An original member of the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection, Professor Chill’s 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 (NITA); and several shorter publications.

An honors graduate of Wesleyan University, after college Professor 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.

Paul ChillThe Law of Child Abuse and Neglect in Connecticut (1997) University of Connecticut School of Law Articles and Working Papers. Paper 51.

Paul Chill, Burden of Proof Begone: The Pernicious Effect of Emergency Removal in Child Protective Proceedings, 41 Fam. Ct. Rev. 457 (2003) (republished in 42 Family Court Review 540 (2004))
Paul Chill, Don't Rush to Remove Children, The Hartford Courant (November 5, 2001)
Paul Chill, On the Unique Value of Law School Clinics, 32 Conn. L. Rev. 299 (1999)

Paul Chill & Hollace Brooks, Jean Jones v. Kids-r-Ours (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1995)

Recent In The Media
Paul Chill in Connecticut Law Tribune: Zoom Is Changing the Power Dynamic for Some Lawyers (Nov 17, 2020)