"Court tosses conviction of woman who said she killed husband in self-defense," coverage in The Washington Post, Nov. 14, 2022, featuring Adjunct Professor Patricia A. Riley.
B.A., Alfred University; J.D., American
Patricia Riley is a retired Assistant United States Attorney who worked on policy, legislation, sentencing, jury instructions, ethics and professional responsibility and special projects for the 18 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, forensic services, GPS and other electronic devices, conviction integrity, re-entry, sexual assault, sex offender registration, juvenile justice, child witnesses, 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.