Paul W. Hughes

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law

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

Courses Taught
  • Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic
Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he co-directs the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. He is also a partner with McDermott Will & Emery, where he co-chairs the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. Hughes briefs and argues complex appeals. He has argued more than 30 cases in courts throughout the country, including five times in the U.S. Supreme Court, before en banc sittings of the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and several arguments before panels of the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, D.C. and Federal Circuits. Hughes has handled more than 250 appellate matters, including 21 merits cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Hughes received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Joseph A. Chubb prize for legal draftsmanship and the C. LaRue Munson prize for clinical work. He was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.