Erskine B. Wood Hall
Sandy Patrick earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable David H. Welles on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for two terms. After her clerkship, she practiced law in Tennessee as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals and Death Penalty Division, arguing cases before the state appellate and supreme courts, federal district courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. After moving to North Carolina, she went into private practice with the international law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton), working primarily in civil and corporate litigation, while also teaching undergraduate law classes at a private university. Professor Patrick then taught Legal Writing at Wake Forest University before moving to Portland and joining the Lewis & Clark faculty.
Professor Patrick has taught Lawyering and upper division legal writing courses at Lewis & Clark since 2001. She has also served as the school’s Writing Specialist. Professor Patrick participates in the national Legal Writing Institute and has served as co-editor of the Institute’s publication, The Second Draft. She has co-authored two textbooks, A Lawyer Writes and An Advocate Persuades. These textbooks teach students foundational concepts of critical reading, legal analysis, and communication of that analysis for both predictive and persuasive legal documents. Professor Patrick writes and presents on legal analysis, writing, and law school pedagogy.