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Paul Butler

Fmr. Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law

Paul Butler, professor of law at Georgetown Law, researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. Prior to joining the academy, he served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a U.S. senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials. While at the DOJ, Butler also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, prosecuting drug and gun cases. One of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice, Butler has been featured across academic and popular media. His scholarship has been published in leading scholarly journals, including Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. He is the author of the widely reviewed Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, which received the Harry Chapin Media award.

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