Vice Dean, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, and Co-Director of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic
Areas of Specialization
Veterans Law; Clinical Legal Education; Special Access to Justice; Education Law; Negotiation; Legal Writing; Practice of Law; Professional Responsibility
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Patricia Roberts serves as Vice Dean of the Law School. She is also co-director of William & Mary Law School's Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, a clinic she helped to create and support since its inception in 2008. As Director of Clinical Programs, she is responsible for managing eight clinics and a center at the law school, five of which are in-house programs started under her leadership. Patricia is a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Veterans Legal Services Initiative, and serves as Chair of their Access to Legal Services subcommittee. She is the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, and an appointed member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Legal Education Committee. Patricia was elected to the Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class of 2016, and in 2015 was selected as one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She also serves as a member of Virginia’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium, and is a past Vice Chair of the Military & Veterans Health Law Task Force, Health Law Section of the ABA. Patricia is the creator of Military Mondays, a program that provides advice and counsel to veterans in Starbucks’ locations across the country. She regularly speaks and writes on veterans’ law and access to justice topics, and provides assistance to other law schools, bar associations and pro bono attorneys and advocates on setting up veterans’ clinics and Military Mondays nationwide. Patricia testified before the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, and has presented before the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Twelfth Judicial Conference, the American Psychological Association, and numerous clinical and law school conferences focused on veterans issues and access to justice. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Randolph-Macon Woman's College and William & Mary Law School; she practiced law for eight years before returning to work at William & Mary in a variety of administrative roles, including Associate Dean, and was appointed to the faculty in 2008.
In the News
- Trump's Plan to Reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Newsmax.com, Jan. 10, 2017. The article also takes note of the recently formed National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium. Online.
- Ask patients about military service, lawyers urge, Clinical Psychiatry News (2016). Online.
- Professor Roberts Inducted into Virginia Law Foundation’s 2016 Class of Fellows, Feb. 1, 2016. Online.
- PTSD, TBI, and OTH Discharges: A Case Study of a Young Service Member, 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 35 (2016). Online.
- An All-Volunteer Force: Law Students and Pro Bono Lawyers Helping Veterans, 68 S.C. L. Rev. 273 (2016).
- Post-9/11 Veterans: Welcoming Them Home as Colleagues and Clients, 45 U. Memphis L. Rev. 45 (2015) (symposium). SSRN.
- From the 'War on Poverty' to Pro Bono: Access to Justice Remains Elusive for Too Many, Including Our Veterans, 34 B.C. J.L. & Soc. Just. 341 (2014). SSRN.
- Co-author, Empowering Special Education Clients Through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Lessons Learned for Current Clients and Future Professionals, 19 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L (2011) (with Kelly J. Whalon).
- Interprofessional Education, section in Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, LexisNexis (2015) ( with Lisa Bliss, Sylvia Caley, Emily Suski & Robert Pettignano). SSRN.