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Patricia A. Riley


Assistant United States Attorney (retired), Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Alfred University; J.D., American University

Patricia Riley is an Assistant United States Attorney who has worked on policy, legislation, sentencing, jury instructions, ethics and professional responsibility and special projects for...

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Patricia Riley is an Assistant United States Attorney who has worked on policy, legislation, sentencing, jury instructions, ethics and professional responsibility and special projects for the past 17 years. Prior to that, she was Chief of the Sex Offense Section and a trial and appellate attorney. Among the issues she has worked on are eyewitness identification, DNA, electronic recording of defendant’s statements, the forensic services laboratory, GPS and other electronic devices, conviction integrity, re-entry, sex offender registration, juvenile justice, victims’ rights, and victims’ compensation.

Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, she was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier in her career, she worked on the Hill and in the non-profit community. She is a founder of Safe Shores, the Children’s Advocacy Center for the District of Columbia, and the Lawyer Assistance Program of the D.C. Bar. She is a recipient of many awards including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association’s Harold Sullivan Award and the Bar’s Beatrice Rosenberg Award.

Professor Riley graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and from Alfred University.

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