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Paul Alan Levy

Class year: 1972
Major: Political Science
Company/organization: Public Citizen Litigation Group
Job title: Attorney
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I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Friday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

Went straight from Reed to University of Chicago Law School, where first-year professor Geoffrey Stone became a friend and mentor. While at Chicago, helped lead the unsuccessful effort to get Illinois to ratify the Equal Right Amendment. After law school, clerked in Detroit for Wade H. McCree Jr on the US Court of Appeals, then joined him as Special Assistant when he became Solicitor General of the United States. From there to Public Citizen where I have worked since December 1977 (except for a year;s sabbatical teaching at Cardozo Law School in NYC), specializing first in rank-and-file labor law and since the turn of the century in on-line free speech issues. See

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

stay passionate, keep a sense of humor, and know when to work hard and when to relax

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

always glad to chat and to help line up housing and work opportunities in DC

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

active in Reed alumni affairs, community soccer