Professor Patricia Harrison received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and she went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After graduation, she 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.
In The News
Professor Trish Harrison's case before the Missouri Supreme Court regarding youth inclusion in sex offender registries was covered by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Associate Patricia Harrison, supervisor of the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of a juvenile who was ordered to be placed on the adult sex offender registry in Missouri. Clinic students assisted with the brief.
Professor Trish Harrison was quoted by the St. Louis Post Dispatch when she argued before the Missouri Supreme Court in a case involving the issue whether a juvenile accused of serious sexual crimes should be required to register as a sex offender throughout his adult life
"The Perfect Victim” tells the story of women of domestic abuse put behind bars and the efforts to free them. Professors Patricia Harrison and Brendan Roediger are featured in this documentary, airing Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on PBS.