Judge Paula Patrick is a 2017 candidate for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Recently awarded the “highest recommendation” by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Paula is a judge in the largest Common Pleas court system in the state. She has served in the juvenile, family, criminal, and civil divisions for more than 14 years, during which she’s written more than 400 opinions.
Her distinguished record and firm commitment to upholding the Constitution have earned her a reputation for patent integrity and for serving the citizens of Philadelphia with true justice.
In what she describes as the “greatest role of her life,” Judge Patrick is mother to nine-year old Josiah, for whom she says, “I’m never too busy — no matter what’s on the docket.”
In 2003, Paula Patrick was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas where she has served for nearly 14 years, presiding over criminal, civil, family and, most recently, complex litigation matters. She has authored more than 400 legal opinions that the Pennsylvania Bar Association recently said, “demonstrate sound and reasonable legal analysis as well as legal expertise.”
In January of 2017, Judge Patrick announced her bid for the Superior Court and made history when she became the first black woman to win the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Republican Party for a statewide race. The Bar Association awarded her thier “highest recommendation” for Superior Court for what they characterized as her “judicial expediency and efficiency” and her “intellect, work ethic, even-keeled temperament, sense of fairness and integrity.”
As a judge, she was former Treasurer of the Clifford Scott green Chapter of the National Bar Association-Judicial Council and former District 3 Director of the national Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).
Shortly after graduating law school, Judge Patrick moved to Philadelphia and was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District for the Northern District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
She established the Law Office of Paula A. Patrick, P.C., a general litigation practice where she practiced in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, worker’s compensation, family law, and municipal bond finance. There, for nearly a decade, she served tirelessly as an advocate for the people.
As an attorney she was a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, and the National Bond Lawyers Association.
Judge Patrick served for two years as adjunct faculty of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University. There she taught undergraduate courses in criminal law and the court system receiving countless awards and honors from professional, civic and social groups.
In addition, Judge Patrick served in numerous community, professional and social organizations including:
● Board member for Schuylkill Women
● Board of Trustees for the Chaplain of Four Chaplains
● Pro bono attorney for the Senior Law Center representing Philadelphia senior citizens in need of legal counsel.
● Pro bono counsel for Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent)
● Pro bono counsel for Philadelphia KIDSCAP (Kids Custody Assistance Project) representing the less fortunate in civil and custody cases.
Judge Patrick is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina where she earned a B.A. degree in Political Science. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas.
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