Rachel Kunjummen Paulose portrait

Rachel Kunjummen Paulose

Visiting Professor
Degree
J.D. Yale Law School
B.A. University of Minnesota

When she was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota in 2006, Rachel Kunjummen Paulose* became the first Indian American woman in American history to be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for any federal appointment.  

Under Paulose’s leadership, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota recorded the highest number of prosecutions in its history, reflecting the collaborative hard work of law enforcement partners, attorneys, staff, and civic leaders. Paulose also oversaw landmark prosecutions of white collar crime (including securities, health care, and public corruption cases), narcotics and firearms trafficking cartels, and civil commitment of sexual predators. Paulose tripled child pornography prosecutions, doubled gun prosecutions, and initiated the first ever prosecutions of human trafficking and aggravated identity theft. Paulose has first chaired jury and bench trials in federal court, briefed and argued cases before the federal appellate courts, and investigated multinational companies in complex parallel criminal and civil international proceedings.  

Among other positions in public service, Paulose served as a law clerk to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken; Trial Attorney for the Voting Section, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program; Assistant U.S. Attorney; Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud to the Deputy Attorney General; and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. Paulose also served as Senior Trial Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Paulose previously worked as a partner at DLA Piper LLP, then the largest law firm in the world, and an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.

Professor Paulose has been active in community leadership by serving as a Director of the Yale Law School Fund, Scholarship Judge for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Eighth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association, Co-Founder of the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education, American Bar Association Standing Committee Member on Silver Gavel Awards, Girls State Governor Advisor (after election as the 1990 Ohio Girls State Governor of the largest such program in the nation), Director of the League of Women Voters, Chair of the Committee regarding the reappointment of the Federal Public Defender of the District of Minnesota (by request of the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit), guest columnist for the Asian American Press, and frequent contributing author to the American Bar Association Preview of Supreme Court Cases.  

Professor Paulose is a frequently sought commentator. She has provided legal analysis for the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC, The Spectator, LBC, Sky News, FOX MN, ABC MN, CBS MN, NBC MN, MPR, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, among other media representatives. She has given the keynote addresses at the North American South Asian Bar Association Annual Convention, the North American South Asian Law Students Association Annual Conference, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Meeting (Minnesota). She also presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, American Bar Association Annual Convention, International Business Law Institute, Jewish Community Relations Council, Yale Law School, and Harvard Law School, among other institutions.

In February 2015, Paulose was honored as one of the thirty leading Minnesota women history makers by the Chief Judge of the District and the Federal Bar Association in what is now a traveling court exhibit. In April 2016, Paulose’s biography was added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection and featured in the Smithsonian’s collection, “Beyond Bollywood” to honor the stories of groundbreaking Indian Americans.

Paulose teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, investigations, and human exploitation (human trafficking and child pornography) at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She serves as the faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Federalist Society. She also serves as a faculty mentor to graduates and current students, particularly women and students of color.

Paulose received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow, Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and Commencement Standard Bearer. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, which she attended on full merit scholarships and where she was the Commencement Speaker, Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents, and Phi Beta Kappa. Paulose is a 1991 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Paulose is the fourth generation progeny of Christian ministers descended from Jewish émigrés.

*Paulose is pronounced PAHL-ōs: “Paul” as in St. Paul, “os” rhymes with close. The e is silent for this Greek family name.

Spring 2022 Courses

Spring 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 615 - 01 Criminal Law M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 235

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 235

Course Registration Number:

29563 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Rachel K. Paulose

This course will examine the origins, development, purposes and application of the criminal law, which may be the most direct expression of a society's collective morality. The class will be both theoretical and practical. Students will study and discuss theories of crime and punishment, as well as the real-life consequences of enforcing these theories in an imperfect world. Students will learn the general prin- ciples of criminal liability and related defenses, the ele- ments of various crimes, the nature of criminal acts and the requisite mental states. The course will emphasize heavily the ethics of criminalizing behavior and society's treatment of criminal wrongdoers.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 736 - 01 Human Exploitation M - W - - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 448

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 448

Course Registration Number:

29710 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel K. Paulose

This course will introduce students to federal statutes, Supreme Court caselaw, and scholarship (including feminist, minority, and faith perspectives) regarding human trafficking (both sexual and labor slavery) and child pornography. Topics will include criminal enforcement, survivor empowerment, defense strategies, legislative interests, judicial oversight, and nongovernmental organizational intervention.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 786 - 01 Investigations See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

29646 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Henry J. Shea, Rachel K. Paulose

Conducting and supervising investigations have become growing responsibilities of many types of attorneys and other professionals. The purpose of this course is to engage in a practical focus on the development of knowledge-based skills and practices that will benefit professionals in the acquisition and analysis of relevant facts to address and solve legal issues and problems. This experience-based course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about criminal, civil, and internal investigations from a practical, hands-on perspective. 

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MSL 2351000-1800M T W R F - -
MSL 242-21 Jan '22
MSL 242-28 Jan '22

Summer 2022 Courses

Summer 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 736 - 01 Human Exploitation M - W - - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 242

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 242

Course Registration Number:

43662 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Rachel K. Paulose

This course will introduce students to federal statutes, Supreme Court caselaw, and scholarship (including feminist, minority, and faith perspectives) regarding human trafficking (both sexual and labor slavery) and child pornography. Topics will include criminal enforcement, survivor empowerment, defense strategies, legislative interests, judicial oversight, and nongovernmental organizational intervention.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)