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Lea Patterson is Associate Counsel with First Liberty Institute, focusing on litigation. Before joining First Liberty, Patterson worked in St. Louis, Missouri as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Patterson received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016 and is a Blackstone Fellow from the class of 2014. During law school, she served as an executive editor for the Virginia Law Review and as president of the UVA chapter of Advocates for Life, a national association of law students dedicated to protecting human life. Patterson spent her law school summers as a legal intern in the Texas Solicitor General’s Office and Senator Ted Cruz’s Judiciary Committee office.

Patterson received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Business from Texas Christian University, graduating summa cum laude. She competed for two years on TCU’s undergraduate Moot Court team, winning several oral advocacy awards.

A native of North Texas, Patterson is a member of the Texas State Bar.

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September 2018 COMMENTARY: Pastor’s Bible study shouldn’t bring eviction

By Lea Patterson, Associate Counsel at First Liberty IN THE home state of Thomas Jefferson and the birthplace of religious liberty, no one would expect to face the possibility of homelessness for freely exercising their religion. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to one Fredericksburg couple who received a notice threatening to evict them from theirRead full article »

September 2018 Maine is wrong to withhold tuition from parents who send kids to religious schools

By Tim Keller and Lea Patterson, Associate Counsel at First Liberty It is time for Maine to correct a nearly 40-year-old mistake and allow parents to once again use public tuition dollars at any qualified school. As many in Maine are aware, in small towns that cannot support a public high school, local school districtsRead full article »

August 2018 Spotlight: Does Constitution protect Bible distribution near a school?

By First Liberty's Lea Patterson, Associate Counsel, and Chris Freund, Director of Media Relations While Russia and the United States have been dominating the headlines, a recent news story reporting a threat of police action against a citizen because he dared share his faith in public raises the specter of the old Soviet Union. Alas,Read full article »

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