Paul has been very active in pro bono activities throughout his career. In 2008, Paul successfully tried a state habeas corpus case in Georgia that resulted in the reversal of his client’s death sentence. That case is the only time that an inmate has prevailed on a claim of mental retardation in a Georgia habeas proceeding and, so far, the case has involved two appeals to the Georgia Supreme Court. Paul also successfully represented a claimant before the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation fund and acted as lead counsel in a federal class action that resulted in the entry of a consent decree designed to stop racial profiling by the police in the City of Highland Park, Illinois. Ledford v. City of Highland Park, 2000 WL 1053967 (N.D. Ill. 2000).
Paul sits on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is a former chair of Schiff Hardin’s pro bono Howard Area Legal Clinic.
Paul also is active in his community and has coached youth sports for over a decade.