Paul and his two sisters are military kids. His father served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years so he grew up on military bases his whole life with his mom as Chief of Staff orchestrating nine moves around the country and across the seas. Paul received a B.A. with honors in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University, where he was publisher and editor of The Word, a magazine about African American student life, and on business staff for the daily Harvard newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, as well as the Harvard Political Review. Paul received his J.D. law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. Paul worked in the financial industry in Houston and Iowa before opening his law practice in Fairfield, Iowa (his home now of 32 years) in 1991—focusing on civil rights law, consumer protection, and commercial litigation. Paul is licensed to practice in the Iowa courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s a ‘people’s lawyer’ serving as Iowa Chair for the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and as a member of the Jefferson County, Iowa Magistrate Nominating Committee, and American Civil Liberties Union. Paul is also proud to be an Eagle Scout, is on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Justice Project, and VP of the Keeping History Alive Foundation.