Paul Chill

Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law
Headshot of Professor Chill.
Office: Chase 311
  • Child Protection
  • Lawyering Skills
  • Legal Ethics
  • Torts

Since joining the faculty in 1988, Paul Chill has supervised clinical programs focusing on child protection, civil rights, disability, mental health law and, most recently, mediation. Professor Chill also teaches courses on legal ethics, legal interviewing, counseling and negotiation, torts and criminal law. From 2004-2008 he served as the Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs. In September 2013 he was appointed, and he continues to serve as, the School's first associate dean for clinical and experiential education.

Professor Chill has received broad recognition for his advocacy on behalf of children and families. In 1998, the Connecticut Law Tribune named him one of “Ten Lawyers and Judges Who Made a Difference” that year for his work as lead counsel in Pamela B. v. Ment, a lawsuit that transformed the state’s juvenile court system. He is a past recipient of the Connecticut Law Review Award, given for excellence in legal scholarship and service to the legal community, and was an original member of the Connecticut Commission on Child Protection. Professor Chill’s published writings include a treatise on Connecticut child protection law and practice that has been cited by the Connecticut Supreme Court; an article on the procedural impact of emergency child removal; a mock trial published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; and several shorter publications.

After graduating with honors from Wesleyan University, Professor Chill served for three years as a state youth services officer, working with some of Connecticut’s most dangerous juvenile offenders. After graduating with honors from UConn Law School in 1985, he spent three years as a plaintiff’s employment litigator with the 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)