Jamie grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, the youngest of three girls born to Philip and Barbara Paulen. She graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University a semester early with degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in English. Jamie then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked as a therapeutic staff support specializing with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Jamie enrolled in law school in 1999 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2002 after spending a visiting semester at Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. Jamie passed the bar in Pennsylvania in 2003, Ohio in 2004, and North Carolina in 2010.
Jamie has worked as an estate planning attorney, worked in the legal department of three large, publicly traded corporations (a public utility, a title insurance company, and a real estate investment trust) and for a lobbying compliance company.
Since moving to North Carolina in 2009, Jamie has worked for Smith Moore Leatherwood (now Fox Rothschild), the Praet Law Firm, and Russell and Associates. Jamie was a magistrate in Orange County from 2015-2017. Jamie opened up Paulen Solidarity Law in May, 2020.
Jamie is an activist and community organizer focusing on racial equity and housing justice.
In her down time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her daughters, Cecelia and Genevieve.