For over thirty-three years Paul Mones has dedicated his legal practice to protecting victims of child abuse.
The primary focus of his work is representing victims of sexual abuse against the institutions in which children were sexually molested. These efforts have included numerous law suits against the Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Church, private and public schools and other youth-serving organizations like sports teams throughout the United States.
During his career, he has also represented numerous abuse victims in criminal court – people who have been so severely injured that they strike back against their abusers. The primary focus this criminal work has been defending adolescents who have killed their abusive parents. He is credited with pioneering the battered child syndrome as it concerns teenagers who have killed their abusive parents. His book, When A Child Kills: Abused Children Who Kill Their Parents (1991) is considered a landmark book in the field.
Paul Mones began his child advocacy career in West Virginia in 1980 where he was the Executive Director of Juvenile Advocates Inc. Mr. Mones vigorously litigated against public institutions in which children and teenagers were mistreated. During this period, he gave a voice to a population which had been wholly neglected by the justice system. In three short years, he argued a remarkable seven cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court which resulted in decisions which fundamentally altered the way teenagers were treated in the legal system in the state.
Paul also lectures nationally on youth issues to numerous professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Psychological Association, National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. He has also done professional training for numerous state child abuse groups, law enforcement organizations and the United States Army.
Paul is also a prolific author. In addition to When a Child Kills, and numerous articles for newspapers and professional journals, he is the author of Stalking Justice, a true crime book which chronicled the first U.S. serial murder-rape case solved by DNA fingerprinting. In 2002 he contributed a chapter entitled Talking to Your Children About Terrorism in the landmark book, Fearless by Gavin de Becker.
Paul is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School and is a member of the bar in California, Massachusetts and Oregon. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.