Gary Pavela

Co-founder and Partner


Gary Pavela is a nationally recognized writer and consultant on law and policy issues in higher education. He clerked for Chief Judge Alfred P. Murrah of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and served as 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 was an administrator and honors college teacher at the University of Maryland-College Park for over 25 years. At Maryland he developed the University’s “Code of Academic Integrity“, one of the nation’s first “modified” honor codes. In 2006 he was designated the University of Maryland “Outstanding Faculty Educator” by the Maryland Parents’ Association.

Pavela has served on the Board of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and is a 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.

Gary has been a speaker/consultant for the U.S. Department of State (academic integrity and academic freedom at universities in Ukraine and other post-Soviet states) and for Stanford University, the University of Michigan, the California Institute of Technology, and the United States Naval Academy, 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 JournalBusiness WeekTimeNewsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, among others.