Patricia E. Roberts
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; Access to Justice and Special Education; Education Law; Negotiation; Legal Writing; Practice of Law; Professional Responsibility
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Patty Roberts serves as Vice Dean of William & Mary Law School and co-directs its 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 also responsible for managing nine clinics and a center at the law school, six of which are in-house programs started under her leadership. Patricia is a member of the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers Board of Governors, and a member of the Veterans Law Committee of the Legal Services Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a member of Virginia’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium. In addition to serving as founding and past president of the Board of Directors of the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, she served as a member of the ABA’s Veterans Legal Services Commission, chairing its Access to Legal Services working group. Her teaching and programmatic interests include access to justice, legal education, veterans’ law, professional responsibility, alternative dispute resolution, and special education. She is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2015 she was selected as one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She is the creator of Military Mondays, a program that provides advice and counsel to veterans in Starbucks’ locations across the country. Patricia is a frequent contributor to the media and often speaks on veterans’ law topics. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Randolph-Macon Woman's College & William & Mary Law School; she practiced law for eight years before returning to work at William & Mary.
In the News
- Patty Roberts was invited to write a blog post reflecting on President Reveley’s Decade of Leadership.
- Patty was quoted in an article for February’s Virginia State Bar magazine titled, The Legal Glass Ceiling: The ABA Studies the Gender Gap and Attrition; Virginia Bar Members Weigh In.”
- She was also quoted, along with Puller Clinic students, in April’s preLaw magazine, which featured Military Mondays in an article (p. 38) on “Best Schools for Practical Training.”
- 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.
- 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.