Sandy Patrick

Professor of Lawyering

Wood Hall 211
Legal Assistant:


Sandy Patrick earned her JD 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.

Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions

Academic Credentials

  • BS Summa Cum Laude 1991 University of Tennessee at Martin, University Scholar
  • JD 1994 University of Tennessee


Separately Published Works

  • A Lawyer Writes:  A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis, Carolina Academic Press (2d ed. 2013) (co-authored with C. Coughlin and J. Malmud).
  • An Advocate Persuades:  A Practical Guide on Writing Documents for the Court, Carolina Academic Press (2015) (co-authored with C. Coughlin, J. Malmud Rocklin, and R. Rocklin).

Works Published as Part of a Collection

  • See One, Do One, Teach One: Dissecting the Use of Medical Education’s Signature Pedagogy in the Law School Curriculum, 26 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 361 (Winter 2009) (co-authored with C. Coughlin and L. McElroy).
  • Guest Chapter Author, One L of a Ride:  A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School, by Andrew J. McClurg (West 2008).
  • Oregon Legal Research, Book Review in 82 Or. Law Rev. 927 (Fall 2003).
  • The Libel Plaintiff’s Perspective: Discovery of Confidential Sources, 20 Comm. Lawyer: The Journal of Media Information and Comm. Law 3 (Fall 2002).
  • We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Legal Writing in the Third Millenium (2001) (Paper for a symposium on integrating practical skills and theory in the legal writing curriculum).
  • Discovery in Eminent Domain Cases: Can the Condemnor’s Appraisal Report Be Had? 20 The Litigator 1 (Mar. 2000) and 9 The Defender 3 (Spring/Summer 2000) (with Rich Keshian).
  • Can the Libel Plaintiff’s Discovery Sword Pierce the New North Carolina Shield Law? 21 Campbell Law Observer 1 (Oct. 2000) and 21 The Litigator 4 (Nov. 2000) and North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly (Aug. 21, 2000) (with Rich Keshian).