A.B., Georgetown; J.D., Georgetown
A.B. cum laude, J.D. cum laude, Georgetown. Patty is one of the co-founders of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She served as its executive director from 1991 until her retirement in the fall of2022. Dedicated to achieving a more just and inclusive community, the Legal Clinic provides pro bono civil legal assistance to families and individuals experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in the District of Columbia and advocates for housing justice at a systemic level. Prior to becoming executive director, she served as president of the Legal Clinic’s board of directors and was in private practice with the law firm of Reno, Cavanaugh & Hornig, specializing in affordable housing law and homelessness issues. Patty serves on the board of directors of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and was along-time member of the DC Access to Justice Commission and the board of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. Patty’s work has been recognized with awards from the DC Bar, the DC Bar Foundation, the Washington Council of Lawyers and the National Homelessness Law Center, and with honorary degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and Kings College (PA).