Assistant Dean for Academic Success
Paulina Davis joined NYLS as Assistant Dean for Academic Success to lead the design and implementation of strategies and programs to enhance student learning. In this role, Paulina oversees the First-Year Academic Success Program and supervises the program’s teaching fellows. In addition, Paulina co-teaches the Introduction to the American Legal System course. Through collaboration with faculty and staff, Paulina helps NYLS ensure that its students are able to meet the demands of a rigorous law school curriculum, pass the bar, and excel early in their legal careers. Paulina formerly taught in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law from fall 2016 until spring 2018.
Before starting her career in legal education, Paulina worked as a supervising staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), where she represented low-income families in special education and school discipline litigation. Paulina first joined AFC as a Skadden Fellow in 2011 to develop the organization’s Charter Schools Initiative. Paulina’s work at AFC focused on the intersection of special education, charter, and discipline laws at federal and New York State levels. In 2015, she served as the primary author on AFC’s nationally-covered report on the civil rights of New York City students facing suspension or expulsion from their charter schools.
From 2010 until 2011, Paulina served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Ivan D. Davis in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Paulina received her Juris Doctor cum laude from Howard University School of Law.