Rachel S. Pauley

  • Director of Government Programs

Rachel Salem Pauley is the Director of Government Programs in the Office of Social Justice Initiatives at CLS and has been a Lecturer-in-Law since 2014.  In her role, she has counseled hundreds of law students and graduates with regard to public service careers and professional development opportunities. She is also responsible for the law school’s semester in Washington, D.C. program. She has focused on developing and overseeing formal programming with government officials in order to expose students to the vast array of government career opportunities with an aim to promote public service and increase attorney diversity throughout government.

Prior to CLS, Pauley served as the Director of Training and Special Investigative Counsel for the New York State Inspector General, where she also ran the internship program. Before that, Pauley served as Confidential Assistant for Legal Matters for the New York State Attorney General and was a member of the Public Integrity Bureau. She also clerked for two New York State judges. Pauley began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney’s office.

Pauley, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Fordham Law School and was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics. There, she also received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. She earned a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Columbia University. In 2009, she was named one of Columbia University’s 25 most influential athletic alumnae.