Paul Cates served as a senior communications strategist and as director of public education for the LGBT & AIDS Project for the American Civil Liberties Union prior to coming to the Innocence Project. He also worked at Pro-Media Communications, a communications firm that works with progressive nonprofits and social change agents. Before beginning his career in communications, Paul was an attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, where he represented indigent defendants in criminal prosecutions. Paul graduated from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. He is the co-author with Leslie Cooper of the second edition of the ACLU publication, Too High a Price, The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting.