Paul Kominers

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I am currently a law clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. I previously clerked for Judge Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was an associate at Anderson & Kreiger LLP. At A&K, I assisted public- and private-sector clients with civil litigation, public administration law, and land use. I also regularly volunteered with the Boston Bar Association's criminal record sealing project.

I graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2018. There, I was co-President and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. I was a Fellow of the Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy in the summer of 2016.

Before starting law school, I worked at Democracy Works, a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to making voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans.

I studied economics and political science at MIT and graduated in 2012. I received the Karl Taylor Compton Prize in 2012 for my contributions to the Institute and the Margaret L.A. Macvicar '65, ScD '67 Award in 2018 for alumni service. I served on the MIT Corporation from 2013-2018, and currently volunteer in other roles.

I am proud to be able to call this gentleman my brother.

Email: paul.kominers@gmail.com or pkoms@alum.mit.edu

  August 2020 -   present

Massachusetts Appeals Court Court

Law Clerk

  August 2019 -   August 2020

Hon. Michael M. Baylson, Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Law Clerk

  August 2018 -   August 2019

Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Associate

I counseled public and private clients on civil litigation, zoning and land use law, the Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law, constitutional law, and other matters.

  January - August   2017

Anderson & Kreiger LLP

Law Clerk

  January 2017

Attorney General's Office

Clinical Intern, Trial and Administrative Law Divisions

I analyzed legal issues relevant to the cross-appeal of a multimillion-dollar jury award and wrote a memorandum on various jurisdictions' approaches to an issue at the intersection of privacy and public records.

  2016

Governor Baker's Office of Legal Counsel

Legal Intern

I researched and wrote memoranda on legal issues facing the Massachusetts Governor’s Office and executive branch, including labor, immigration, municipal government, and state constitutional issues.

  2013 - 2018

MIT Corporation

Member

I served on visiting committees for the Dean of Undergraduate Education; the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and the Department of Music and Theater Arts. I also served on the Corporation Joint Advisory Committee for Institute-Wide Affairs and the Corporation Screening Committee for Nomination of Recent Graduates.

  2015 - 2018

Harvard Law School

J.D. Candidate

  2015

Democracy Works

Operations Specialist

I developed and implemented a plan to move years of partner data from a homegrown system of spreadsheets to a formal customer relationship management system, and assisted with other product and project management matters.

  2013 - 2014

Democracy Works

Project Manager, Voting Information Project

Democracy Works is the engineering team on Pew and Google’s Voting Information Project, which provides access online to standardized polling place, election official, and early vote information to voters nationwide. I managed a four-person team working with state partners to provide Voting Information Project data for 2014 November midterm elections and more than 25 state primary elections.

  2012 - 2013

Democracy Works

Research Director, TurboVote

TurboVote is a free online service which streamlines voter registration and voting by mail nationwide. I gathered information on local, state, and federal elections and election procedures to support TurboVote and worked with the software development team to translate that information into development goals and requirements. I also managed TurboVote’s help desk.

  2008 - 2012

MIT

B.S. Economics and Political Science

Thesis: "The Impact of Autocracy on Online Censorship." Advised by Professor Chappell Lawson (MIT Political Science), Professor Parag Pathak (MIT Economics), Professor Benjamin Edelman (Harvard Business School). Presented May 17, 2012.

Selected Recent Writing

The Relationship Between the Federal Government and Local Government, with Mina S. Makarious, Tasha Marshall, in Massachusetts Municipal Law (James B. Lampke & Robert W. Ritchie, eds., 2d ed. Supp. 2020)

Spaulding v. Town of Natick School Committee: Allowing Free Speech while Accomplishing Municipal Work, with Mina S. Makarious, 63 Boston Bar Journal (2019)

New State Law Allows Local Regulation of Short-Term Rentals, Anderson & Kreiger Public Law Blog (January 17, 2019)

Supreme Court on Regulatory Takings: Look to Reasonable Expectations, with Art Kreiger, Anderson & Kreiger Public Law Blog (July 1, 2017)

Open Data Privacy, with Ben Green, Gabe Cunningham, Ariel Ekblaw, Andrew Linzer, and Susan Crawford (Berkman Klein Center Research Publication No. 2017-07)