Paula Aylward has been admitted to practice law since 1989, first in New York, and then in Massachusetts. Following her graduation from Suffolk University Law School, Paula worked for years as a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in Brooklyn. After leaving New York, Paula practiced in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, and appeals, in Boston, Massachusetts, and Houston.
For more than 18 years, Paula has practiced in Michigan, where she focuses on child welfare and family law trial court cases and appeals. Paula has also developed a niche administrative agency practice appealing improper denials and cancellations of Title IV-E foster care funding and appealing mistaken DHHS decisions listing individuals on Michigan’s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry.
Paula has contributed her legal research and writing skills to various SCAO/DHHS work groups over the years, including several workgroups seeking to revise the Central Registry provisions of the Child Protection Law, a parent-child visitation workgroup, a court forms workgroup, and others.
She is Chair of the Children’s Law Section, serves on the Children’s Law Section Education Committee to organize training events, and has published articles in the Child Welfare Law Journal, and in the Michigan Probate Judges Association's Inter-Com. Paula has presented trainings on Title IV-E appeals at the invitation of the Michigan Probate Judges Association and for the State Court Administrative Office (Judges from Regions II & V).