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Paul Butler

The Albert Brick Professor in Law

B.A., Yale; J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Civil Rights and Discrimination, Criminal Law and Procedure

Professor Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published in many leading...

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Professor Butler researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles).  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.

Professor Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media.   His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News, among other places. Professor Butler has written a column for The Legal Times and has published numerous op-ed articles and book reviews, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Daily Beast. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at universities and community organizations. Professor Butler has been awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship.   He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003.             

Professor Butler was the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. He also served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.    He was awarded the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class.  Professor Butler has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Butler also worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases. 

Professor Butler is a cum laude graduate of Yale, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.   He clerked for the Hon. Mary Johnson Lowe in the United States District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in white collar criminal defense. 



Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Paul Butler, Chokehold: Policing Black Men (New York: The New Press 2017).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Paul Butler, The System Is Working the Way It Is Supposed To: The Limits of Criminal Justice Reform, 104 Geo. L.J. 1419-1478 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul Butler, Stop and Frisk and Torture-Lite: Police Terror of Minority Communities, 12 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 57-69 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Paul Butler, How Can You Prosecute Those People?, in Lawyers' Ethics 433-445 (Monroe H. Freedman, Abbe Smith & Alice Woolley eds., Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Butler, How Can You Prosecute Those People?, in How Can You Represent Those People? 15-27 (Abbe Smith & Monroe H. Freedman eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2013).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2001 - Present

Books

  • Paul Butler, Chokehold: Policing Black Men (New York: The New Press 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Butler, Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (New York: New Press 2009).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Paul Butler, The System Is Working the Way It Is Supposed To: The Limits of Criminal Justice Reform, 104 Geo. L.J. 1419-1478 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul Butler, Stop and Frisk and Torture-Lite: Police Terror of Minority Communities, 12 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 57-69 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul Butler, Black Male Exceptionalism? The Problems and Potential of Black Male-Focused Interventions, 10 Du Bois Rev. 485-511 (2013).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Paul Butler, Poor People Lose: Gideon and the Critique of Rights, 122 Yale L.J. 2176-2204 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, One Hundred Years of Race and Crime, 100 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1043-1060 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, The White Fourth Amendment, 43 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 245-254 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul Butler, “A Long Step Down the Totalitarian Path”: Justice Douglas's Great Dissent in Terry v. Ohio, 79 Miss. L.J. 9-33 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, When Judges Lie (and When They Should), 91 Minn. L. Rev. 1785-1828 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, Blogging at Blackprof, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1101-1104 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, Rehnquist, Racism, and Race Jurisprudence, 74 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1019-1042 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Paul Butler, An Ethos of Lying, 8 UDC/DCSL L. Rev. 269-274 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Paul Butler, Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment, 56 Stan. L. Rev. 983-1016 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Paul Butler, Should Radicals Be Judges, 32 Hofstra L. Rev. 1203-1214 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Paul Butler, The Case for Trials: Considering the Intangibles, 1 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 627-636 (2004).    [HEIN]
  • Paul Butler, By Any Means Necessary: Using Violence and Subversion to Change Unjust Law, 50 UCLA L. Rev. 721-773 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Paul Butler, Foreword: Terrorism and Utilitarianism: Lessons from, and for, Criminal Law, 93 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1-22 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Paul Butler, Todd D. Rakoff, Deborah A. Ramirez & Christopher F. Edley, Panel V: Promoting Racial Equality, 9 J.L. & Pol'y 347-386 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Paul Butler, How Can You Prosecute Those People?, in Lawyers' Ethics 433-445 (Monroe H. Freedman, Abbe Smith & Alice Woolley eds., Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Butler, How Can You Prosecute Those People?, in How Can You Represent Those People? 15-27 (Abbe Smith & Monroe H. Freedman eds., New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Butler, The President and the Justice: Two Ways of Looking at a Postblack Man, in The New Black: What Has Changedand What Has Notwith Race in America 64-79 (Kenneth W. Mack & Guy-Uriel Charles eds., New York: The New Press 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Paul Butler, Should Good People Be Prosecutors?, in Blind Goddess: A Reader on Race and Justice 87-99 (Alexander Papachristou ed., New York: The New Press 2011).    [BOOK]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Paul Butler, Hudson v. Michigan: The No-Knock Rule, The Nation, Oct. 12, 2015, at 14-15.   
  • Paul Butler, In Defense of Jury Nullification, Litigation, Fall 2004, at 46-49, 69.    [HEIN] [W]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The Nation, October 11, 2017.

"Justice System Targets Black Men, Ex-Prosecutor Tells Baltimore Audience," coverage by Maryland Matters, October 5, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler and a discussion of his book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men.

"California Game Changers: Moving the Needle on Drug Reform," coverage by Capital & Main, October 3, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Protesters Descend on St. Louis, and Police Respond: ‘We’re in Control,' an article in the New York Times, September 18, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"‘Crown Heights’ dramatically illustrates the hell of wrongful incarceration," a piece in ThinkProgress.org, August 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

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"The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The Nation, October 11, 2017.

"Justice System Targets Black Men, Ex-Prosecutor Tells Baltimore Audience," coverage by Maryland Matters, October 5, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler and a discussion of his book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men.

"California Game Changers: Moving the Needle on Drug Reform," coverage by Capital & Main, October 3, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Protesters Descend on St. Louis, and Police Respond: ‘We’re in Control,' an article in the New York Times, September 18, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"‘Crown Heights’ dramatically illustrates the hell of wrongful incarceration," a piece in ThinkProgress.org, August 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

"Fresh out of prison, D.C. politician who took bribes prepares to teach ethics," coverage in The Washington Post, August 19, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"The Fight for Racial Justice Can't Stop With Fixing a Broken Policing System," a book review by the Pacific Standard, August 16, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Race, Criminality and the Persistent Myth of Black on Black Crime," an article by the Atlanta Black Star, Austust 14, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Q&A with Paul Butler," a book review and interview by C-SPAN, August 13, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Why federal prosecutors often wimp out in going after financial malfeasance," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler in The Washington Post, August 10, 2017.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on August 2, 2017.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on August 1, 2017.

"Column: Trump’s 'law-and-order' pose undermines law and order," coverage by the Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Shepherd Poverty Consortium meets in Lexington," coverage by WDBJ 7 (Roanoke, Va.), July 31, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"An unyielding justice system built for the oppression of blacks," coverage by The Washington Post, July 31, 2017, a book review of the Paul Butler's "Chokehold: Policing Black Men."

"Book World: A justice system that oppresses black men - just as it's intended to," coverage by The Edwardsville Intelligencer (Ill.), July 30, 2017, a book review of Professor Paul Butler's "Chokehold: Policing Black Men."

"Here’s how General Kelly and Ted Cruz just might save Sessions’ — and Trump’s — butt," coverage by Raw Story, July 29, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"How Rick Perry could fire Robert Mueller," an opinion piece by the Washington Post July 27, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing," a review by the New York Times, July 26, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler's new book. An opinion piece in the Washington Post, July 27, 2017, also reviewed the book. 

"I have no respect for your ancestors," a broadcast by MSNBC/ALL In with Chris Hayes, July 25, 2017, featuring an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"Trump, Mueller, and possible reactions from the GOP," broadcast on MSNBC/AM Joy, July 22, 2017, featuring commentary by Professor Paul Butler.

"A former federal prosecutor proposes radical criminal justice reforms to benefit black men," coverage by Think Progress, July 20, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler and his new book, "Chokehold: Policing Black Men". For more on this story, see the Los Angeles Sentinel.

"All Eyes On O.J.," an NPR/1A radio program broadcast, July 20, 2017, featuring commentary by Professor Paul Butler

"Newswire : In “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” Attorney Paul Butler takes on police brutality," coverage by the Greene County Democrat (Ala.), July 19, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"In “Chokehold: Policing Black Men,” Attorney Paul Butler Takes on the Police Brutality," coverage by Black Press USA, July 17, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Donald, Jr. meeting: Was it collusion? Legal experts weigh in," coverage by MSNBC/AM Joy, July 15, 2017, featuring commentary by Professor Paul Butler. 

"“Chokehold” Author Paul Butler On How Racialized Policing Became The Norm In D.C. And Beyond," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, July 14, 2017.

"Paul Butler Discusses Race And Law Enforcement With Kojo Nnamdi On July 12," a WAMU Books series conversation with Professor Paul Butler and WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, July 12, 2017. Also announced by Busboys and Poets Bookstore.

"The Daily 202: Trump dysfunction follows family from the campaign to the White House," coverage in The Washington Post, July 12, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Donald Trump Jr.'s new batch of emails gives new insight into meeting with a Russian lawyer," coverage by KTIV News (IA), July 12, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler and Adjunct Professos Carrie Cordero appeared on All in With Chris Hayes, July 11, 2017, on MSNBC.

"Donald Trump Jr. likely committed a federal offense: experts," coverage by Salon, July 11, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

An interview with Professor Paul Butler on July 2, 2017, by MSNBC/Politics Nation.

"Barbershop: Trump's Tweets, How Hate Groups Are Defined And Jay-Z's New Album," an NPR/All Things Considered interview, July 1, 2017, with Professor Paul Butler. 

"Attitudes, legal standards help make police convictions rare," coverage in The Washington Post, June 22, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

 "Attitudes, legal standards help make police convictions rare," coverage on Crimesider, June 22, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Experts Weigh In on Video of Philando Castile Shooting," coverage in The New York Times, June 21, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Lawyers Can’t Save America From Trump," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The New York Times, June 20, 2017.

"Jared Kushner Dealings Under Examination," a segment on CTV National News, June 15, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

 

"Trump: Investigation Is "Witch Hunt"," coverage by Myhighplains.com, June 15, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Professor Paul Butler appeared on MSNBC's MTP Daily, June 13, 2017.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on MSNBC's For the Record with Greta, June 5, 2017.

"Does Comey have one more bombshell to reveal on Russia-Trump collusion?," coverage by McClatchy, June 3, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"The Special Counsel expands to Manafort, Sessions," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on Hardball with Chris Matthews, June 2, 2017.

"Mass Incarceration Is A Major U.S. Issue, Georgetown Law Professor Says," an interview featuring Professor Paul Butler on NPR/Morning Edition, May 30, 2017.  

"Prosecutors Take On The Department Of Justice," featuring commentary by Professor Paul Butler, broadcast on NPR/1A radio program, May 30, 2017.  

"Former DOJ Prosecutor: What is Trump Aid Kushner Trying to Hide?" an interview on MSNBC/All In, May 26, 2017, with Professor Paul Butler.  

"Fmr DOJ Prosecutor: FBI suspects a criminal in Trump White House", coverage In MSNBC/The 11th Hour, on May 19, 2017, interveiwing Professor Paul Bulter and Professor Carrie Cordero. 

"For the Record with Greta," on MSNBC, May 18, 2017, interview with Professor Paul Butler [appearing at 31:04].

"A Fresh Look at Jury Nullification," coverage by Verdict, May 18, 2017, citing Professor Paul Butler.

"Attorney general sparks fear with push for harsh sentences," coverage by KIRO 7 (Seattle), May 13, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler. For more on this story, see the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, Decatur Daily, and Hawaii News Now.

"Attorney General Sparks Fear With Push for Harsh Sentences," coverage by The New York Times, May 12, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, May 12, 2017. Transcript of the program is available here.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on CNN's New Day, May 12, 2017. Transcript of the program is available here.

"Attorney General pushes for harsher sentences," coverage by WBAY (Green Bay, Wis.), May 12, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on May 11, 2017.

"Some are puzzled by deputy AG’s central role in the drama of Trump and Comey," coverage by The Washington Post, May 10, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Barbershop: The State Of Health Care, Police Brutality And Racism In America," NPR All Things Considered, May 6, 2017, an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"Sessions Closed Sterling Case. Odds Are, His Predecessor Would Have, Too," coverage by the New York Times, May 4, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Killing Unarmed Black Man," a transcript on CNN.com of Professor Paul Butler's commentary on CNN, May 2, 2017. 

"Crime Is the New Black Entitlement," coverage in American Thinker, April 4, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session to Meet with Senators Tomorrow on Russian Contacts; President Trump Called Deflector-In- Chief by Opponents," a CNN broadcast transcript from March 5, 2017, featuring commentary by Professor Paul Butler.

"Could Sessions face perjury charges? Former federal prosecutors think not," coverage in The Washington Post, March 2, 2017, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"UH Law Center commemorates Black History Month with guest Paul Butler," coverage by The Cougar (University of Houston), February 17, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"UHLC Observes Black History Month With A Lecture On Race And The Law By Noted Legal Scholar And Author, Paul Butler," coverage by The Street, February 15, 2017, featuring Black History Month event with Professor Paul Butler.

"Kellyanne Conway may face a federal ethics inquiry," a MSNBC, February 9, 2017, interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"How likely is it for Charleston shooter to get death penalty?," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on MSNBC Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, December 11, 2016.

"Lawyer: Black jurors should refuse to convict black people accused of murdering white people," coverage in The Washington Times, December 8, 2016, quoting from a Washington Post opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler.

"Here’s How Black People Could Use Jury Nullification To Break The Justice System," coverage by Above the Law, December 7, 2016, quoting from a Washington Post piece by Professor Paul Butler. For more on this story, see Law Newz.

"AFRO Town Hall Pushes Change to Urban Agenda," coverage by Afro.com, October 27, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Medical marijuana? What’s the right dosage? Ahead of Utah Legislature, lawmakers focus on research over legalization," coverage by The Salt Lake Tribune, October 19, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Official Apologizes for Police Role in Mistrust by Minorities," coverage by The New York Times, October 17, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler. For more on this story, see The Atlantic Journal-Constitution.

Newswise announced a 2016 Fordham Debate featuring Professor Paul Butler discussing the clash over the legalization of marijuana.

"A Supreme Court Justice Predicted Trump’s Policing Plan 50 Years Ago, Warned Of ‘Totalitarianism," coverage in the Huffington Post, September 26, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Will Charlotte police release more video?," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on MSNBC Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, September 25, 2016.

"Charlotte Police to Release Body Cam, Dash Cam Footage; Charlotte Police News Conference This Afternoon," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on CNN Newsroom, September 24, 2016.

"Protests Continue in Charlotte as Police Consider Releasing Video," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on CNN Newsroom, September 24, 2016.

"Analyzing video of the Charlotte shooting," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on MSNBC The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, September 23, 2016.

"LISTEN: Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler On The Bob McDonnell Case," coverage on WAMU 88.5, September 8, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Swimmers Unlikely to Face Harsh Punishment for Rio Incident, Law Profs Say," coverage by Law.com, August 19, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Super agent: If Lochte lied, he needs to apologize immediately," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on CNN's The Lead, August 18, 2016.

"DOJ's Withering Baltimore Report Says 'What Black Folks Have Been Saying For Decades'," coverage by NPR, August 12, 2016, quoting Professor Paul D. Butler.

"Is a Police Shooting a Crime? It Depends on the Officer’s Point of View," coverage in The New York Times, July 28, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Freddie Gray Decision Could Deter Prosecutions," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Donald Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Line Miffs Millions," coverage in The Daily Beast, July 20, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case violated officers’ constitutional rights, complaint claims," coverage in The Washington Time, July 19, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael S. Frisch and Professor Paul Butler.

"What President Obama really thinks about the police," coverage in The Washington Post, July 18, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Black Lives Matter, Rich White Liberals, and Human Sacrifice," coverage in Front Page Magazine, July 15, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"TheChat: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarks about Donald Trump stir it up," coverage in The Kansas City Star, July 14, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Ginsburg Knows, If Trump Wins, the Rule of Law Is at Risk," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The New York Times, July 12, 2016.

"The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Transcript 7/12/2016," coverage on MSNBC, July 12, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Did Justice Ginsburg's comments on Donald Trump violate ethics rules?," coverage in the ABA Journal, July 12, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"After Dallas shootings, race, violence fears bend direction of US campaign," coverage in The Sydney Morning Herald, July 9, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Shootings Further Divide a Nation Torn Over Race," coverage in The New York Times, July 8, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"This law is why Louisiana cops who kill people can go 30 days without being questioned," coverage in Fusion, July 6, 2016, quoting from Professor Paul Butler's piece in The New York Times.

"Stanford law grads rebuke professor leading recall against Brock Turner judge," coverage in The College Fix, June 23, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"New billboard calls for Judge Persky to lose his job," coverage in San Francisco Gate, June 21, 2016, quoting from Professor Paul Butler's piece in the New York Times.

The Unintended Consequences of the Stanford Rape-Case Recall,” coverage in The New  Yorker, June 17, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler’s piece in The New York Times.

Could Outcome in Caesar Goodson Trial Spell End for Freddie Gray Case?,” coverage in NBC News, June 9, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Baltimore Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case,” coverage by NPR, May 23, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Police Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted of All Charges,” coverage in The New York Times, May 23, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Prosecutors in the biggest alleged police-brutality trial in the US used a strategy that could cost them the case," coverage in Business Insider, May 20, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

Historic confrontation over NC bathroom bill,CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper interview with Professor Paul Butler, May 9, 2016.

Uber and Lyft Leave Austin Over Fingerprint Requirement,” coverage in Cato at Liberty (Cato Institute), May 9, 2016, referring to a quote by Professor Paul Butler published in a Wall Street Journal article.

Prosecutors to test novel legal theory in trial of officer charged in Freddie Gray case,” coverage in The Baltimore Sun, May 9, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"The White House has some unexpected ideas about reducing crime," coverage by Washington Post, May 4, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Should Jurors Take the Law into Their Own Hands?," coverage in The People's Vanguard of Davis, April 10, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Jurors should acquit when cops and prosecutors treat blacks unfairly, law prof says in op-ed," coverage by ABA Journal, April 8, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Jurors need to take the law into their own hands," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The Washington Post, April 5, 2016.

"How powerful should our juries be?," coverage by The Washington Post, April 4, 2016, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

'Black judge effect': study of overturning rates questions if justice is really blind,” coverage in The Guardian, March 17, 2016, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Down and Out in the USA," coverage in The Pop Tort, Fberuary 25, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Why did Cleveland sue Tamir Rice’s family? And why is a Chicago officer suing the estate of a teen he killed?," coverage in The Washington Post, February 23, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Prisons and Justice Initiative Seeks to Ignite Reform," coverage in The Hoya, February 12, 2016, featuring Professors Paul Butler and Allegra McLeod.

"Prisons and Justice Initiative discusses mass incarceration and prison reform," coverage by The Georgetown Voice,  February 11, 2016, mentioning Professors Paul Butler and Allegra McLeod.

 "What’s Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates," coverage on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, February 9, 2016, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Hope for Racial Conciliation Was Unrealized in Obama’s Presidency," an opionion piece by Professor Paul Butler in The New York Times' Room For Debate, January 12, 2016.

"Chicago Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Death of 17-Year- Old; ISIS Terror Plot Targeting New Year's Eve And Thwarted; Battle Between Trump And Clintons Heating Up," coverage on CNN, December 29, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show on December 28, 2015. You can find the transcript here.

"Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ Making Police Cautious, Driving Up Crime?," New York Times, December 17, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler

"Chicago Police Chief’s Firing And Efforts To Boost Public Trust In Police," coverage by NPR's Diane Rehm Show, December 2, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Commentary: Anita's Army: Rank and File Racism in the Power to Prosecute," coverage by NBCnews.com, November 27, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Dash Cam Video Of Chicago Cop Shooting Teen Released; U.S. Air Strikes That Killed 30 At A Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan Being Blamed On Human Error," an interview by CNN, November 25, 2015, with Professor Paul Butler.

"Did dashboard video of black teen’s killing prompt murder charge for Chicago cop?," coverage on PBS Newshour, November 24, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Former prosecutors seek federal probe of O.C. justice system over use of jailhouse informants," coverage in Orange County Register, November 18, 2015, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

D.C. prosecutor signals he is close to a decision on 2010 Gray campaign probe,” coverage in The Washington Post, November 4, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

 "President and FBI Director James B. Comey Speak Out on Policing and Crime," a broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show, October 28, 2015, featured Professor Paul Butler.

Time to change RI’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights law,” coverage by RI Future, Oct. 8, 2015, featuring a New York Times opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler.

Has Barack Obama Done Enough for African-Americans?,” coverage by New York Magazine, Oct. 7, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Teaching about Race: The Problem is Inequality and Bad Policies, Not Bad Choices," Huffington Post, September 24, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Braintrust Seeks Grassroots, Legislative Solutions to Police-Community Relations," Afro American, September 19, 2015, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

 “U.S. judge pauses at cutting sentence of D.C. drug lord’s associate,” coverage in the Washington Post, Sept. 6, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

Black and Unarmed,” coverage by Washington Post, August 10, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

The Ferguson Report Reveals Hard Truths of Nationwide Abuses,” coverage by the Vineyard Gazette, August 8, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Ta-Nehisi Coates: A fresh voice for an impatient generation," Chicago Tribune, July 31, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler

"Officer's Body Cam Key to Indictment," MSNBC's The Ed Show, July 30, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.  

"Glare of Video Is Shifting Public's View of Police," New York Times, July 30, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler

"The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief," coverage in The New York Times, July 30, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul D. Butler is a contributing source for “Graphic: Your rights during police encounters,” published by USA Today, July 23, 2015.

Professor Paul Butler discussed the case of Sandra Bland on CNN Newsroom, July 22, 2015. 

Professor Paul Butler discussed President Obama's proposed reforms to the criminal justice system on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, July 17, 2015.  

"Aurora shooter James Holmes found guilty," MSNBC Politics Nation, July 16, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Video Of California Police Shooting Released, Reveals Deadly Shooting," CNN Legal View, July 15, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler

Professor Paul Butler discussed the Kate Steinle case on CNN's Wolf, July 10, 2015.  

What the Confederate flag’s design says about its legacy,” coverage by PBS Newshour, July 10, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Church Shooter Likely to Face Federal Hate Crime Charges," MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, July 8, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler

Georgetown Law Professor: "I Have No Respect for Your Ancestors," in The Root TV, July 2, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Pride, prejudice and the Confederate flag," coverage in The Bay State Banner, July 2, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"White Supremacy Is Tenacious in the Face of Change," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler in The New York Times Room for Debate, June 29, 2015. 

 "I have no respect for your ancestors," All in with Chris Hayes (MSNBC), June 25, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Church shooter likely to face federal hate crime charges," The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), June 24, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"A Georgetown law professor just perfectly captured the absurdity of Confederate pride," Business Insider, June 24, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Finding the roots of Dylann Roof’s radical violence," PBS Newshour, June 22, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Gun Homicides, Mass Violence And Racism In The U.S.," coverage by NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, June 22, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Is America Ready To Have A Discussion About Race?," NewsOne Now, June 19, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

 "Charleston Shooter Held on $1 Million Bond," Hardball (MSNBC), June 19, 2015, interviewing Professor Paul Butler

Dennis Hastert indictment linked to sexual misconduct,” coverage by MSNBC All In with Chris Hayes, May 29, 2015, interview with Professor Paul Butler.

Local Police Will Not Be Getting Battlefield Equipment Anymore,” coverage by CBS Miami, May 18, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Michelle Obama Gets Candid About Race in Commencement Speech," coverage by NBC Nightly News, May 11, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"The Milwaukee Experiment," New Yorker, May 11, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., L'82.

 "The Challenge for Marilyn Mosby," MSNBC, April 30, 2015, an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

Police Van Stop Revealed; Baltimore Mayor Speak about Riots at Luncheon; Baltimore Prosecutor,” coverage by CNN, aired April 30, 2015, interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"The Police Officers’ Bill of Rights Creates a Double Standard," an opinion piece in The New York Times Room for Debate by Professor Paul Butler, April 29, 2015.

"It’s Very Hard to Punish Cops, Even in Court," coverage in Bloomberg News, April 16, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Criminal justice expert speaks out on racism," coverage in The Daily Beacon, April 15, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

SC police shooting case rekindles body camera debate,” coverage in the Washington Post, April 9, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"This black man whistles songs from “Frozen” to be seen as a father instead of a threat," Vox, April 3, 2015, mentioning Professor Paul Butler.

 "Fear of Black Men: How Society Sees Black Men And How They See Themselves," coverage on NPR's Morning Edition, featuring Professor Paul Butler, March 31, 2015.

"Oklahoma frat fallout: Some speech protected, some punished," coverage by McClatchy, March 18, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"University of Oklahoma students sing racist chant," an interview with Professor Paul Butler by MSNBC's Now With Alex Wagner, March 12, 2014.

"How can Ferguson law enforcement break a pattern of bias?," Professor Paul Butler and Justin Hansford, L'07 were guests on PBS NewsHour on March 3, 2015.  

Reading The Times With Paul Butler,” coverage in The New York Times, February 26, 2015, interview with Professor Paul Butler.

Colleges highlight race issues in classes,” coverage in the Bowling Green Daily News, February 24, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Teaching Ferguson: How colleges are incorporating race cases in the classroom," coverage in The New York Times, February 20, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"How Body Cams on Cops Brought a Murder Charge in New Mexico," Time, January 14, 2015, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"In Wake of Police Shootings, Obama Speaks More Bluntly About Race," coverage on NBC News, January 3, 2015, featuring Professor Paul Butler. 

"U.S. Police And Public Safety," coverage by The Diane Rehm Show, December 23, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Race In America," On Point, December 9, 2014, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Ferguson Prosecutor Should Have Bowed Out," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in National Law Journal, December 8, 2014.

"Eric Garner investigation lives on at the federal level," coverage by MSNBC, December 6, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Police duty in the eyes of Eric Holder," coverage in Globe and Mail, December 5, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"The System Must Counteract Prosecutors’ Natural Sympathies for Cops," New York Times, December 4, 2014, an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler.

"Loretta Lynch, Racially Charged Justice and Me," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in Politico, December 4, 2014.

"Ferguson outcome reinforces perceptions of unequal justice," coverage by CBS Evening News, November 25, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"What is St. Louis County jury considering?," coverage by MSNBC, November 16, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"The N-Word," a Washington Post Project, November 9, 2014, featuring Professors Sheryll Cashin and Paul Butler. Further coverage is in the Washington Post, November 11, 2014.

"Obama Tried To Outsource His Racial Legacy. Here's Why Holder Couldn't Save Him," on The Washington Post's PostEverything, September 27, 2014, features an article written by Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler.

"Attorney General Eric Holder’s Legacy," coverage by NPR's Here and Now, September 25, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Could McDonnell Verdict Inspire Similar Prosecutions?," coverage on Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC, September 6, 2014, features Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler.

"Fmr. GOP Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell convicted," coverage by MSNBC, September 4, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Deep Racial Divide Remains Under Obama," coverage on NBC News, August 31, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Michael Brown shooting: Legal questions loom," CNN, August 27, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Roundtable Discussion on Race in America," coverage by C-SPAN, August 24, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Under Obama, racial hope but no change," coverage in Politico, August 24, 2014, quoting Professor Paul Butler.

"Ferguson focuses on Michael Brown case grand jury," coverage by MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki," August 23, 2014, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Experts: Uphill battle to convict Officer Wilson," coverage on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," August 22, 2014, interviewing Professor Paul Butler. He was also interviewed on NBC's Meet the Press.

"With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again," coverage by NPR's Morning Edition, and "Your rights during police encounters," coverage in USA Today, August 20, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler. Further coverage is by CNN's The Lead with Jack TapperNBCand in The Washington PostButler also appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, August 21, 2014.

"As Arrest Records Rise, Americans Find Consequences Can Last a Lifetime," coverage by Dow Jones Business News, and "Editorial: Caught on camera in Ferguson," coverage in The Anniston Star, August 18, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Control and Containment Requires Nonlethal Force Not Armed Cops," an opinion piece in The New York Times Room for Debate, August 15, 2014, by Professor Paul Butler. He also authored a piece in The Washington Post.

 "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Lawyers Up," an appearance on MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki, August 2, 2014, interviewing Professor Paul Butler.

"Gov. Cuomo in hot water with NY’s US attorney," an appearance on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, July 31, 2014, by Professor Paul Butler.

"Does Le Return Of LeBron Signal A Comeback For Cleveland?," coverage on NPR, July 18, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"More Intriguing 'Bridgegate' Details Emerge," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC, June 28, 2014.

"Are Tight Pants On Men 'Gross'? The Guys Weigh In," coverage on NPR's Tell Me More, June 27, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"‘Black Women, Like Black Men, Scar’: Conversation on My Brother’s Keeper Heats Up," coverage in The Nation, June 18, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Did Dallas Mavericks Owner Drop The Ball On Sterling Controversy?," coverage by NPR, May 23, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"A look into the multiple bridge investigations," MSNBC Hardball, May 23, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?," coverage by NPR, April 25, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"‘Bumper crop’ of revelations in new NJ memos," coverage by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, April 14, 2014, featuring an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"Who’s who in the Chris Christie investigations," coverage by Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC, April 12, 2014, featuring an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler was featured on MSNBC's All In With Chris HayesApril 4, 2014.

"Rap Lyrics In Court: Art Vs. Evidence," radio transcript on NPR, April 1, 2014, featuring Georgetown Law professor Paul Butler.

 "Chris Christie Clears Chris Christie," coverage on MSNBC, March 27, 2014, featuring an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

 "Chris Christie: Nothing to See Here," coverage by MSNBC, March 24, 2014, an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"Thompson’s plea deal left a narrow window for prosecutors before D.C. mayoral primary," coverage in The Washington Post, featuring Professor Paul D. Butler, March 15, 2014.

"U.S. Attorney Pushes Forward In D.C. Shadow Campaign Probe," coverage on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, March 12, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?" coverage on NPR's Tell Me More, February 28, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Race's role in the Michael Dunn verdict," coverage on The Lead with Jake Tapper, February 19, 2014, featuring an interview with Professor Paul Butler.

"Did Michael Sam Take A 'Huge Risk' To Come Out Before The Draft?" NPR News, February 14, 2014, featuring Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler.

 "Christie Camp Goes on the Offensive," MSNBC, February 11, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Christie team hires high-profile legal help," an interview with Professor Paul Butler on MSNBC, January 26, 2014.

Book TV at Georgetown University Law Center: Paul Butler, "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice," January 25, 2014, an interview with Professor Paul Butler on C-SPAN 2.

"Toddler Removed From Home After Viral Swearing Video," coverage on NPR, January 14, 2014, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Obama commutes sentences of 8 Americans, law professor says move 'long overdue'," video of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, December 19, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Barbershop Guys Take Time to Listen (For a Change!)," a segment on NPR, November 27, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

Professor Paul Butler was interviewed on NPR's Tell Me More about the Renisha McBride shooting, November 18, 2013.

Professor Paul Butler was interviewed on NPR's Barber Shop about the Affordable Care Act, November 15, 2013.

"Panel Discusses US Prison Dilemmas," The Harvard Crimson, November 7, 2013, features Professor Paul Butler as a panelist for a Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center event, Prison USA: The Dilemmas of Mass Incarceration.

 "Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Nullify!," a Q&A with Professor Paul Butler in The Nation, October 30, 2013. 

"The Latest In The Debate Over Mandatory Minimum Sentencing," NPR's Diane Rehm Show, August 8, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler and Adjunct Professor William Otis.

"Inside The Zimmerman Verdict," a segment on NPR's Tell Me More, July 15, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler. 

"Gay Is the New Black," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler in the New York Times, June 26, 2013.

"Race And Politics In The South," coverage on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show," June 25, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"What Obama Must Say to African-American Grads," a CNN opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, May 18, 2013. The piece was mentioned in the Washington Post "On Leadership" column, "President Obama's Graduation Speech at Morehouse College," May 20, 2013. 

"'42' Shows the Changes, As Do Others," an opinion piece in the San Antonio Express-News, April 16, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"What Do Police Fear? The Truth?," a contribution by Professor Paul Butler to the New York Times Room for Debate, "An Inspector General for the Police," April 9, 2013.

"Has President Obama Done Enough for Black Americans?," an article in The Atlantic, April 5, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Stars of a Violent Rap Video Are Found Guilty of Violent Crimes in Real Life," coverage in the New York Times, March 22, 2013, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Gideon's Muted Trumpet," an op-ed by Professor Paul Butler in the New York Times, March 17, 2013.

Professor Paul Butler debated UCLA Law School Professor Richard Sander about affirmative action on "The Takeaway with John Hockenberry," October 10, 2012.

"Obama Should Make the Most of It," a contribution by Professor Paul Butler to the New York Times Room for Debate discussion, "When the White House Speaks on the Campaign Trail," September 20, 2012.

"D.C. Prosecutor Ronald Machen Jr. Could Rise or Fall with Obama," coverage in the Washington Times, September 9, 2012, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Race and Politics in the South," a segment on WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show, August 30, 2012, featuring Professor Paul Butler.

"Don't Antagonize Those Who Could Help," a contribution by Professor Paul Butler to the New York Times Room for Debate discussion, "Does 'Stop and Frisk' Reduce Crime?," July 17, 2012.

Professor Paul Butler discussed allegations facing D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on WTTG-TV (FOX 5, Washington, D.C.), July 12, 2012.

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