With new clinical requirements soon to affect every student on campus, one of the most important decisions was deciding who to lead such an initiative. This month, Law School Dean Timothy Fisher named Professor Paul Chill the Law School’s first Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education.
In this new position, Chill will oversee all the school’s clinical and experiential programs, and implementation of the clinical requirement. With expectations of this role to help develop students’ ability to get practical experience, Chill is confident that the program and his appointment will be beneficial to the student body, which is just one of a series of initiatives by the school as a whole.
“I think that this move, along with faculty’s adoption of the Practice-Based Learning Requirement last fall, will go a long way toward situating us on the leading edge of the wave of reform that is sweeping the legal academy nationally,” Chill said.
Chill graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and is a UConn Law alumnus, class of 1985. With his previous duties as a state court magistrate and previous role as supervisor to the Mental Law Health Law Clinic, Chill has shown great depth in a variety of areas that should benefit students who will likely have a wide-range of interests and need someone who can give advice based on knowledge and experience to a large group. Chill has also been responsible for teaching and directing clinical programs that focus on child protection, disability law, civil rights, appellate litigation, and most recently, mediation.
The role of leadership is not foreign to Chill, who also served as the Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2008. The announcement by Dean Fisher of Chill’s new role showed a resounding sense of confidence in his ability to improve the already noteworthy clinic program at UConn Law. Even those students who are skeptical of the new requirement ought to be satisfied that the one leading the direction of the program is prepared, vested, and is someone who has the goals to see the program succeed.