Pat is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan and a civil attorney licensed in the States of Florida and Michigan. Her passion is for the long-term ecological health and well-being of current and future members of the Earth community – and how this gets expressed in law and governance structures. She strives to bring forth transformational changes in law, society, and consciousness that integrate the interdependent role of humanity with inherent reverence for all beings.
Since 2006, Pat has served as the Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ), an initiative of the Barry University School of Law, www.EarthJuris.org. The Center draws upon science, ethics, philosophy, culture, humanities and law to protect the inherent rights of the natural world to thrive and be healthy. CEJ envisions transformative change which recognizes the need for legal and economic systems that protect peoples’ and ecosystems’ rights to be healthy.
Sister Pat holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, Boston; a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Master in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, Oakland, California. Her B.A. is in History and Political Science from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. She is a member of the Michigan and Florida Bars.
Previous positions Sister Pat has held include director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, engaging students and staff in programs and workshops in Earth Literacy; staff attorney for the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; and legal services attorney for migrant farm workers in South Florida. Sister Pat has also served in community organizing with the African-American community in rural Tennessee, in parish ministry with the Latino community and elementary education. She served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Congregational leadership team from 1988-98.