Tom Patrick joined Campbell Law School as a Professor of Legal Research & Writing at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. Prior to Campbell Law, he served on the faculty of the West Virginia University College of Law for over two decades. At WVU, he taught Alternative Dispute Resolution; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation; and Legal Analysis and Reasoning. He also trained students as mediators for service in West Virginia’s small claims courts. In addition, during his tenure at WVU he taught law-related, graduate-level courses for the WVU College of Business and Economics and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
At WVU, Patrick worked with various entities throughout the state to design and implement alternative dispute resolution initiatives. He frequently presented continuing legal education seminars and training workshops for bench, bar, and other constituencies. He has served as the leading trainer for civil mediators in West Virginia since 1987 and for family mediators since 1996.
During the 2002-03 academic year, Patrick taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School where he taught courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Writing, and Appellate Advocacy. During the 2009-10 academic year, he served as an Associate Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law where he directed the Lawyering Process program. More recently, Patrick developed an ombuds office for West Virginia University.
Patrick earned his B.A. from Glenville State College in 1971, and an M.A. in Counseling in 1975 and an M.A. in English Education in 1981, both from West Virginia University. While attending the WVU College of Law he served on the editorial boards of the West Virginia Law Review and the Journal of College and University Law. He earned his J.D. in 1985, and he is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and North Carolina.
Upon graduation, Patrick clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Maxwell, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1985 until he joined the WVU College of Law faculty in the fall of 1992.