Paeten graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a major in Social Welfare and a minor in African Studies. While at KU, Paeten studied Kiswahili, an East African language. In 2013, Paeten received a Fulbright Hays Scholarship to travel to Tanzania where she spent time studying women’s rights issues and Kiswahili. In 2015 Paeten was also awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship.
After graduating in 2016, Paeten continued her education at the University of Kansas School of Law. During her time at KU Law, Paeten participated in the legal aid clinic where she represented clinics in criminal, juvenile, and civil matters. She also held the position of vice president of the student bar association and was a member of both the International Law Society and Women in Law organization.
Paeten joined the firm as a summer law clerk in 2018. During this time, she gained invaluable experience drafting motions, researching legal issues, and attending court proceedings. Prior to the firm, Paeten worked as a judicial intern for Magistrate Sebellius at the District Court of Kansas in Topeka where she assisted with writing court orders and legal research. Paeten also interned in Arusha Tanzania at the Tanzanian Women Lawyers Association where she focused on women’s rights and land issues.
Paeten resides in Kansas City with her dog Dutch. She also runs a non-profit in East Africa that helps young mothers and young women who are pregnant. When she is not working, Paeten enjoys fly fishing and painting.
Paeten specializes in litigating personal injury and police brutality cases, but also focuses on employment discrimination cases and medical malpractice.