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Patricia Fitzsimmons

Assistant Professor and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic

Assistant Professor Patricia Fitzsimmons serves as a trial attorney for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Juvenile Dependency Panel representing minors and parents in trials and other contested dependency matters. She is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Council and the Northern California National Association of Counsel for Children.

  • BS, Marquette University
  • MA, Northern Illinois University
  • JD, New College of California
      "Childish Things"Daily Journal10/26/12
      "Phone Breaker was an Advocate for Juvenile Justice"Daily Journal10/12/12
      "Well-Connected"Daily Journal08/24/12
      "San Francisco's Special Education Classes Disproportionately Filled with Minority Students"San Francisco Examiner09/18/11
      "Troubled Transition: Post-Foster Care Youth in San Francisco"City Visions Radio (KALW 91.7 FM)11/08/10
      "Juvenile Justice Reform"KQED Radio News05/15/08
        Law Review and Journal Articles
          Book Contributions
            Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
              Other Publications
                  Court Citation of Research
                    • Presenter, "Special Education Rights and Responsibilities," San Francisco General Hospital Infant Parent Program, San Francisco, Calif. (April 2013).
                    • Panelist, "Beyond Prop 8—A Discussion of the Current Legal Treatment of Same-Sex Partners and Spouses," University of San Francisco School of Law (January 2012).
                    • Presenter, "Disability, the Workforce & Representing Special Needs Children & Adults," University of San Francisco School of Law (November 2011). (Co-sponsored by Association of Law Students for Disability Rights and the Office of Career Planning.)
                    • Moderator, "The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the United States," 13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat, University of San Francisco School of Law, (March 2011).
                    Testimony and Hearings
                    • Fitzsimmons testified before the Human Services Committee in the Assembly in Sacramento regarding AB 271, a bill to elimnate the MFG (Maximum Family Rant) rule, to support mothers on welfare and their children by not punishing mothers for being mothers while in poverty. (April 2013)
                    Written Testimony and Commentary
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