I’ve seen children come out of the system worse off than when they entered. Judges should understand how schools, families, and communities intersect—they can play a part in ensuring that our kids face a life of opportunity rather than one of incarceration.
We need judges who will fight for women. All women. For their reproductive health. For equal opportunity and equal wages. And most of all, for the right to be respected and heard.
Let's end expensive and ineffective mass incarceration by utilizing proven diversion programs when appropriate. We need judges who understand the dynamics of our revolving-door prisons—reducing recidivism saves money, supports communities, and improves working conditions for our corrections officers.
Justice requires that we are all on a level playing field. The rights for workers to organize and collectively bargain must always be protected.
Our state and federal Constitutions are aspirational documents. We need judges sensitive to society’s ongoing march towards achieving our stated ideals of justice and equality for all.
Paul is an attorney in private practice in Worcester, and is certified to represent children requiring assistance in state juvenile courts. He was named to Community Legal Aid’s Legal-Medical Partnership Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2017 and was recently appointed to the Worcester Planning Board. Previously, Paul worked in corporate litigation in Boston and taught in public high schools and in alternative programming for at-risk youth. He’s served as an elected Town Meeting Representative in Shrewsbury, where he also served on the Town Scholarship Committee.
Paul received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and an M.Ed. from Fitchburg State University. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts State and Federal Courts, and is licensed as a Principal and Special Education teacher.
He lives with his family in Worcester, where his oldest daughter attends 1st grade at their neighborhood public school.