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Paul E. Salamanca


Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law

Room 243 College of Law

(859) 257-1151


Paul E. Salamanca graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and Boston College Law School in 1989, where he was a note editor for the Boston College Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Professor Salamanca served as a law clerk to Judge David H. Souter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and subsequently clerked for Justice Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced law with the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York from 1991 to 1994 and was a visiting assistant professor of law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law in June 1995.

Professor Salamanca writes in the areas of separation of powers, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and privacy. He has published articles on these subjects in the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Missouri Law Review, the Georgia Law Review and the Kentucky Law Journal, among other places.


  • A.B., cum laude, Dartmouth College (1983)
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston College Law School (1989)

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Paul E. Salamanca's SelectedWorks page.

  • Another Look at Skelky Oil and Franchise Tax Board, 80 Alb. L. Rev. 53 (2017).
  • Snyder v. Phelps: A Hard Case That Did Not Make Bad Law, 2010 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 57 (2010-2011).
  • The Legislative Privilege to Judge the Qualifications, Elections, and Returns of Members, 95 Ky. L.J. 241 (2006-07) (with James E. Keller).
  • Video Games as a Protected Form of Expression, 40 Ga. L. Rev. 153 (2005).
  • The Constitutionality of an Executive Spending Plan, 92 KY. L.J. 149 (2003-04).
  • The Liberal Polity and Illiberalism in Religious Traditions, 4 Barry L. Rev. 97 (2003).
  • Quo Vadis: The Continuing Metamorphosis of the Establishment Clause toward Realistic Substantive Neutrality, 41 Brandeis L.J. 575 (2003).
  • Choice Program and Market-Based Separationism, 50 Buff. L. Rev. 931 (2002).
  • Some Realistic Thinking about Secular Effects, 29 N.M. L. Rev. 227 (1999).
  • Constitutional Protection for Conversations Between Therapists and Clients, 64 Mo. L. Rev. 77 (1999).
  • The Role of Religion in Public Life and Official Pressure to Participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, 65 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1093 (1997).

Popular Media

  • Kentucky Tonight: Campaign Finance Laws (KET television broadcast Aug. 22, 2016), available at
  • Civil Resolution of Ecclesiastical Disputes, 72 Bench & B. 28 (July 2008).

  • Prior Restraint in Wartime, 66 Bench & B. 15 (Jan. 2002).


  • Brief of Amicus Curiae ID Software LLC in Support of Respondents, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass'n, 564 U.S. 786 (2010) (No. 08-1448).
  • Motion for Leave to File Brief and Brief of the National Taxpayers Union, the Nevada Manufacturers Association, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, The Club for Growth, Nevada Corporate Headquarters, Inc., The Nevada Motor Transport Association, The Retail Association of Nevada, and the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners, Angle v. Guinn,  541 U.S. 957 (2004) (No. 03-1037).

September 22, 2017
By Whitney Harder

The Hon. Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, spent Thursday evening on the University of Kentucky campus. He spoke to University of Kentucky College of Law students as well as judges, lawyers and clerks from across Kentucky.

During his talk, he offered a few pointers to UK Law students in the crowd.

"Give back a little bit. If you’ve made it to an institution like this, you’ve been blessed and have a lot to offer your fellow citizens," he said.

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Professor Paul Salamanca is the recipient of the 2015 Duncan Teaching Award at the College of Law.

Salamanca is described as professional, engaged in student success, and always willing to participate in events outside of the classroom. He plays a significant role in advancing the law school’s moot court efforts and developing practical skills in the law students who compete nationally in competition.

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Litigation Banquet

The University of Kentucky College of Law recently honored the hard work and dedication of the officers, members, advisors, and coaches of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board (TAB), as well as many first-year students in connection with their Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Clubs.  The Litigation Banquet recognizes the students who have excelled in both written and oral advocacy.

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Paul Salamanca, the Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, was quoted in an article that ran in both USA Today and The Courier-Journal on amicus briefs influencing the gay marriage case. 

"Some amicus briefs are extremely valuable, others not so much," said University of Kentucky law professor Paul Salamanca, who was a law clerk for Justice David Souter. "What matters is who submits the briefs and what they say, not head counts."

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Professor Salamanca

Professor Paul Salamanca appeared on the June 23rd edition of Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program "Kentucky Tonight" as part of a panel discussing Campaign Finance.

The panel argued four main questions that make up the campaign finance debate:

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