Paul W. Hughes

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law


Paul W. Hughes is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a partner in Mayer Brown's appellate and Supreme Court practice. Hughes has argued before the US Supreme Court twice, before en banc sittings of the Ninth and Tenth Circuit, and before panels of the First, Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, DC, and Federal Circuits. Paul has handled over 200 appellate matters, more than 125 of which were in the US Supreme Court.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 2008
M.A., Georgetown University, 2005
A.B., Georgetown University, 2004

Courses Taught


  • Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic

Paul W. Hughes is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a partner in Mayer Brown’s appellate and Supreme Court practice. Hughes has argued before the US Supreme Court twice, before en banc sittings of the Ninth and Tenth Circuit, and before panels of the First, Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, DC, and Federal Circuits. Paul has handled more than 200 appellate matters, more than 125 of which were in the US Supreme Court.

Law360 (2017) and the National Law Journal (2017) both recognized Paul as a “Rising Star” among appellate practitioners. The American Lawyer (2017) named Hughes “Litigator of the Week” in connection with his work relating to immigration. Placing Hughes on its “Under 40 Hotlist,” Benchmark Litigation (2017) identified him as among “the most promising emerging talent.” Hughes has appeared in and been quoted by a wide array of national media outlets.

Hughes maintains an active pro bono practice, where he regularly represents civil rights litigants, immigrants, and criminal defendants in appellate matters. In 2016, Hughes prevailed in Ross v. Blake, 136 S. Ct. 1850 (2016), before the US Supreme Court. A critical decision with respect to the Prison Litigation Reform Act, Empirical SCOTUS identified Blake as one of five decisions from October Term 2015 that is “making waves in the lower courts” and will have among “the greatest downstream effects.”

Hughes received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Joseph A. Chubb for legal draftsmanship and the C. LaRue Munson prizes for clinical work.