Carol Pauli

Associate Professor of Law

Carol Pauli

“Language has special power in law.”

Get to Know Carol Pauli

What drew you to the law?

When I was a young writer and English teacher, I admired civil rights lawyers. Later, as a journalism professor, I was asked to teach a college course on mass communication law. It quickly became my favorite class. I loved the bold promise of the First Amendment, but I also valued the careful thinking that was involved in cases that weighed the freedom of speech against competing values such as public safety and personal privacy.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy the good humor and energy of my students. To teach writing, I must often critique their work. I comment on everything from their understanding of statutes and selection of cases to their legal arguments, sentence structure and grammar. I am repeatedly impressed by their eagerness to hear criticism so they can grow. That is a mark of maturity and professionalism.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope my students gain confidence in their ability to identify a legal problem, find and understand the relevant law and write a sound analysis of the issues.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I wrote for newspapers in the Midwest and then for the Associated Press broadcast wire and CBS News in New York. I taught journalism in several settings: a private college, an African university and a state prison.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

My family. I love spending time with my husband and our wonderful sons.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on the role of the news media in public conflict and conflict resolution.

Publications

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Presentations

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Expertise

  • Writing
  • Journalism

Courses

  • Legal Analysis, Research & Writing
  • Art of Lawyering

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2012-2013)
  • Associate Professor of Journalism
    Marist College (2012)
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism
    Marist College (1994-2011)

Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude
    • Cardozo Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • M.S., Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • B.A., University of Evansville, Indiana

Awards / Honors

  • “News Media as Mediators,” winner, American Bar Association James Boskey Writing Competition in Alternative Dispute Resolution; co-winner, CPR-ADR Student Article Competition (2006)
  • “Voice of America’s Kinyarwanda/Kirundi Service as an Example of Peace Journalism in Rwanda,” top paper in open competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication International Division (2005)
  • “Professionalism and African Values at the Daily Nation in Kenya,” top paper in open competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication International Division (1999)
  • “Islam: The Path of the Prophet,” radio documentary series anchored by Mitchell Krauss, Ohio State University Achievement of Merit award (1992)
  • “Remembering the Dream,” radio documentary series anchored by Ed Bradley, Writers Guild of America Outstanding Achievement Award (1991)
  • “Europe 1989: the Legacy of World War II,” anchored by Tom Fenton, Overseas Press Club of America Lowell Thomas Award for Best Radio Documentary on Foreign Affairs and Ohio State University Award (1989)
  • “Dateline America: The Migrant Workers of Spring,” anchored by Charles Kuralt, Writers Guild of America Outstanding Achievement Award (1989)