Brent Pattison Profile

Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights

Associate Clinical Professor


Areas of Expertise

Education Law, Juvenile Law


JD – University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude
BA – Wesleyan University

Professional Experience

Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights since 2011
Associate at Thompson & Howle
Attorney at TeamChild, Seattle, Wash.
Fellow with Team Child, Soros Justice Fellowship

Selected Publications

  • When Children Object: Amplifying an Older Child’s Objection to Termination of Parental Rights, 49 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 689 (2016).
  • Foreward: Child Welfare and Our Youngest Children: A series on Improving Outcomes for Families with Babes and Toddlers, Drake Law Review Discourse, Feb. 2016, at 1.
  • Staying on Track: Protecting Youth in School Discipline Actions, in Changing Lives: Lawyers Fighting for Children (ABA Publishing, 2014).
  • Changing Lives: Lawyers Fighting for Children (co-author) (ABA Publishing, 2014).
  • You Better Represent: Lessons about Lawyering from Adolescents (Real and Imagined), Drake Law Review Discourse, Sept. 2013, at 1.
Law School Events
March 24, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
March 24, 2018
11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Law School News
March 23, 2018
Professor Ken Kersch of Boston College will present “The Development of Constitutional Conservatism” on March 29 as part of the Drake Constitutional Law Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series.