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Michael Paulsen

Distinguished University Chair and Professor
Degree
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., Yale Divinity School
B.A., Northwestern University
Office
MSL 420
Phone
(651) 962-4831
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4831
Mail
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015
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Michael Paulsen received his B.A. degree with distinction from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a J.D. 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, and has also served as staff counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. 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. 

Professor 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 the Georgetown Law Journal, among many others. 

Michael Paulsen Curriculum Vitae

Summer 2022 Courses

Summer 2022 Courses
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Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses
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LAWS 600 - 01 Civil Procedure See Details * *

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43694 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael S. Paulsen

This course will examine how civil litigation is conducted from the initiation of a lawsuit to its final resolution in a trial court. Students will examine issues relating to pleadings, joinder of claims and parties, discovery, summary judgment, motions for judgment as a matter of law, motions for a new trial, post-trial motions, and ethical limitations on pleadings and motions. The course may include a brief introduction to subject matter and/or personal jurisdiction.

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MSL 2350900-1015M - - - - - -
MSL 2351330-1445- T - R - - -
LAWS 768 - 01 Federal Jurisdiction - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 334

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1030 - 1155

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MSL 334

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43639 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael S. Paulsen

This course will examine the powers and limits of federal courts, with a focus on the federal courts' relationship to state courts (federalism) and to Congress and the federal executive branch (separation of powers). Topics will include standing to sue, the power of Congress to restrict the jurisdiction of the federal courts, the obligation of federal courts to apply state law, abstention by the federal courts in favor of state court decision making, the federal courts' power to issue writs of habeas corpus, constitutional limits on suits against states and a brief introduction to 42 U.S.C. 1983 and other leading federal civil rights statutes.

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LAWS 881 - 01 War, God & the Constitution - - W - - - - 1330 - 1525

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1330 - 1525

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43751 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael S. Paulsen

The course will introduce the constitutional and statutory framework governing issues of national security in times of war and crisis, with a special focus on current issues in the aftermath of the attacks on the US of 9/11. Topics will include the war power under the Constitution; the broad auhorization for the war on terrorism; the blank check authorization of war in Iraq; the relationship of US con- stitutional power to engage in war and international law authorizations and limitations; extraterritorial enforcement of US criminal law; the use of millitary tribunals, com- missions, indefinite detention abroad, and other measures against the alleged unlawful combatants and enemy aliens; the use of immigration law in the war on terrorism; and freedom of speech and press in time of war.

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LAWS 950 - 22 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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43765 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael S. Paulsen

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-term 2023 Courses

J-term 2023 Courses
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