Justice Jan P. Patterson
Justice in Residence
Justice Jan Patterson currently serves as a senior judge by appointment of the Texas Supreme Court. Justice Patterson served on the State of Texas Third Court of Appeals for 12 years, writing extensively on administrative law, natural resources law and criminal law issues, among other things. While on the court of appeals, she served on the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct and as Vice Chair of the Commission in 2009-2010. She also served as chair of the Appellate Judges of the Judiciary Section of the State Bar of Texas. Justice Patterson is a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. She is a frequent speaker at CLE seminars and currently serves as a judicial advisor to the Board of Directors of Texas Women Lawyers.
Prior to service on the bench, Justice Patterson practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Sneed Vine & Perry in Austin. She served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted organized crime and white collar crime cases, and in the Western District of Texas. She was also appointed by the Department of Justice to serve as an assistant special prosecutor in a federal corruption investigation.
As a lawyer, Justice Patterson handled complex civil litigation and white collar defense. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and Founder, past President and Master of the Bench in the Justice Calvert American Inns of Court. She also has served as a lecturer at the FBI Academy and was recognized by the Department of Justice for outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement and for federal agent training programs and by the Department of Agriculture for outstanding contribution in fraud prosecutions.
Justice Patterson earned her J.D. degree at the University of Texas School of Law where she later served as a visiting and adjunct professor, teaching courses in international war crimes, criminal and civil procedure, and The Ethics in Government Act. Justice Patterson also received a Masters in Judicial Process at the University of Virginia Law School.
She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award given by Travis County Women Lawyers' Association and is a Friar Society Distinguished Alumna, the University of Texas' oldest honorary organization.