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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Paulsen, Monrad G. (1968-1979)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Monrad G. Paulsen, 1968-1979


Monrad Paulsen received his A.B. in 1940 and J.D. in 1942 from the University of Chicago. After World War II, he taught at the law schools of the Universities of Utah, Indiana, and Minnesota. From 1956-68, he was a professor at Columbia University, a term which included a Fulbright fellowship in Germany. Paulsen was a respected scholar in the fields of juvenile, domestic relations, and poverty law, as well as criminal law and procedure. The courses he taught included Torts, Juvenile Courts, Criminal Law, Family Law, and Criminal Procedure. When Hardy Dillard retired from the deanship, he highly recommended Paulsen to succeed him. The first dean who had not previously been a member of the Virginia law faculty, Paulsen served in that post until 1975, and in that time attracted many fine scholars to the faculty. During his deanship, the student population grew by two hundred, and the 1970s saw increasing numbers of women and minority students. The growth in the faculty and student body, along with curriculum changes and new organizations, pushed Clark Hall to its limits. Near the end of Paulsen’s deanship, the Law School building at North Grounds was constructed and occupied. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Oceans Law Institute and the Virginia Center for Economic Analysis of Law. He left to establish the Benjamin Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University and died in 1980. Upon his retirement as Dean, Paulsen noted, “These years have been the happiest of my professional life.”



Cases and Selected Problems in Family Law and Poverty (West, 1969; 2d ed. 1973); also printed as Selected Problems in Family Law and Poverty, in Cases and Materials on Law and Poverty 925-1180 (Paul M. Dodyk ed., West, 1969), and in 2d ed. (1973) at 437-634.

Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (with Sanford H. Kadish) (Little, Brown, 2d ed. 1969; 3d ed. 1975).

Cases and Other Materials on Domestic Relations (with Walter Wadlington and Julius Goebel, Jr.) (Foundation Press, 1970; 2d ed. 1974; 3d ed. 1978).

Statutory Materials on Family Law (with Walter Wadlington) (Foundation Press, 1971; 2d ed. 1974).

Juvenile Law and Procedure (with Charles H. Whitebread) (National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, 1974).

The Problems of Juvenile Courts and the Rights of Children (ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1975).

The Problems of Electronic Eavesdropping (ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1977).

Articles and Book Chapters

Law and Abused Children, in The Battered Child 175-200 (Ray E. Helfer & C. Henry Kempe eds., University of Chicago Press, 1968); reprinted in 2d ed. (1974) at 153-178.

The Licensing of Child-Care Facilities – A Look at the Law, 21 Ala. L. Rev. 1-24 (1968).

Involvement and Clinical Training: An Evaluation, 41 U. Colo. L. Rev. 461-462 (1969).

Securing Police Compliance with Constitutional Limitations: The Exclusionary Rule and Other Devices (with Charles Whitebread and Richard Bonnie), in Law and Order Reconsidered: Report of the Task Force on Law and Law Enforcement 365-409 (National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, 1969); excerpts reprinted in Va. L. Wkly., Feb. 18, 1972, at 1-4, Feb. 25, 1972, at 1-4, and Mar. 3, 1972, at 1-4; and in 23 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 95-120 (1971-72).

Prison Reform in the Future – The Trend Toward Expansion of Prisoners’ Rights, 16 Vill. L. Rev. 1082-1087 (1971).

The Burger Court and the Constitution (with Telford Taylor, Jack Greenberg and Harriet F. Pilpel), 11 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 35-71 (1974).

Some Insights into the Burger Court, 27 Okla. L. Rev. 677-684 (1974).


Introduction to Juvenile Law Symposium, 45 N.D. L. Rev. 179-182 (1969).

Quincy Wright, 11 Va. J. Int’l L. 1-2 (1970).

T. Munford Boyd, 56 Va. L. Rev. 731-733 (1970).

Paulsen Views Changes for Mens Rea Defenses, Va. L. Wkly., Oct. 1, 1971, at 1-2, and Oct. 8, 1971, at 1-2; reprinted in 23 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 9-15 (1971-72).

Prisoners’ Rights and the Correctional Scheme: The Legal Controversy and Problems of Implementation: Evening Panel Discussion (with others), 16 Vill. L. Rev. 1098-1118 (1971).

The Availability of Legal Services, 1972 (project director) (Association of American Law Schools, 1972).

Legal Services in the 70’s: The Shape of the Future (with others), 4 U. Tol. L. Rev. 361-390 (1973).

Statement, in 1 Special Prosecutor 376-379 (Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Nov. 7, 1973).

De Funis: The Road Not Taken: Introduction, 60 Va. L. Rev. 917-924 (1974).

Foreword, in Helena P. von Pfeil, Juvenile Rights Since 1967: An Annotated, Indexed Bibliography of Selected Articles and Books vii (Rothman, 1974).

Carl McFarland – An Appreciation, 16 Va. J. Int’l L. 8-11 (1975).

Dedication to Marion K. Kellogg, 61 Va. L. Rev. 1555-1556 (1975).

Issues for the Nineteen Seventies, Va. L. Wkly., Sept. 30, 1977, at 1, 4.