Patricia Harrison, J.D.
Adjunct Professor ; Project Director, Juvenile Reentry Assistance Project
B.S.W., Saint Louis University, 1990
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1993
After graduation, Professor Harrison worked in Kansas City as an appellate attorney, serving as lead counsel on appeals and post conviction relief motions, and as a trial attorney, handling complex felony cases.
Prof. Harrison has worked for the Missouri State Public Defender System for more than nine years, representing the accused in trial, appeals, post conviction relief and juvenile advocacy. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the director of the Youth Advocacy Unit for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office while managing a trial caseload. She then went on to work as a volunteer guardian ad litem and as a staff attorney and a for St. Louis City CASA.
Professor Harrison ventured into private practice in 2003, concentrating on representing parents of children removed from their families due to neglect allegations, guardianships and termination of parental rights.