MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 25, 2015) — Michael J. Davis, the Chief Judge in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, is leading a project with the Federal Bar Association to recognize women leaders in the law in Minnesota. A display at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis will include an exhibit of leaders with photos and biographies.
Among those mentioned will be Rachel K. Paulose, the first Indian American to be nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve in any federal appointment. She was the youngest person, the first Asian American, and the first woman to lead the District of Minnesota as United States Attorney.
During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, Paulose tripled child pornography prosecutions, doubled gun prosecutions, and initiated the first ever prosecutions of human trafficking and aggravated identity theft. Paulose also oversaw landmark prosecutions of white collar crime, public corruption, narcotics and firearms trafficking cartels, and civil commitment of sexual predators. Under her leadership, the office recorded the highest number of prosecutions in the District’s history, reflecting the collaborative hard work of law enforcement partners, attorneys, staff, and civic leaders.
Paulose began her legal career as a law clerk to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James B. Loken. She litigated cases protecting minority voting rights as an Attorney General’s Honors Program Trial Attorney in the Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, of the United States Department of Justice.
As the youngest Assistant U.S. Attorney in the history of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota, Paulose prosecuted, first chaired jury and bench trials, and defended on appeal cases charging white collar offenses, violent crime, narcotics and firearms trafficking, and health care fraud. She managed nationwide initiatives involving health care fraud and national security while serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, and Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud. Paulose worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, where she litigated cases involving commercial litigation and white collar crime.
Paulose is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow and Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Political Science and History from the University of Minnesota, which she attended on full merit scholarships and where she served as Chair of the Student Representatives to the Board of Regents and Commencement Speaker. Paulose is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Paulose’s civic leadership includes service and election to the League of Women Voters, American Bar Association, American Bar Association Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, Yale Law School Fund, Federal Bar Association (where she co-founded the Diversity Committee and served as Eighth Circuit Vice President), National Asian Pacific Bar Association, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Asian American Press, and Ohio Girls State Governor.