Who We Are
Gary Pavela specializes in law and policy issues in higher education. Identified by the New York Times as an “authority on academic ethics,” he has been a consultant on law and policy issues at many leading universities, including Stanford University, the University of Michigan, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, The United States Naval Academy, Lehigh University, Brown University, Colgate University, Vassar College, Bryn Mawr College, and Smith College, among many others. He has appeared on the CNN, FOX, PBS, and CNBC networks and his work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Law Journal, Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, among others.
Pavela clerked for Judge Alfred P. Murrah of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. (the training arm of the United States Courts). In 2012 he received the “William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship” from the Center for Excellence in Law and Higher Education Policy.
Pavela’s legal experience includes being a staff attorney for the State University of New York-Central Administration (serving 64 institutions, 350,000 students, and 15,000 faculty members). He later joined the University of Maryland at College Park as an administrator and Honors College faculty member (law and intellectual history). In 2006 he was designated the University of Maryland “Outstanding Faculty Educator” by the Maryland Parents’ Association.
Gary served on the Board of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and is past president of the International Center for Academic Integrity. In 2002 he was designated a “Fellow” of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Fellows of the Association are identified as individuals who have “brought distinction to higher education and to the practice of law on behalf of colleges and universities across the nation.”
“The nation’s foremost philosopher of student rights and responsibilities. Deeply moral and legally astute, [Pavela’s] work has immeasurably improved student affairs policy and practice.”
—Frances L. Hoffman, Director of the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Missouri-Saint Louis. [Eastern Association of College Deans, 64th Annual Conference Announcement]