Jennifer Patrick received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law with a Dean's Scholarship, where she served two terms as president of the Thomas More Society and received an exit scholarship, the Joseph P. Busch Jr. Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and is admitted to the California Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Her law practice primarily focuses on business and real estate matters.
Jennifer is also president of the National Law Center for Children and Families (NLC), which has been protecting children from the harm of sexual exploitation since 1991 by equipping law enforcement agencies and government attorneys across America with the latest cutting edge investigative strategies for preventing, detecting, and prosecuting these crimes. The NLC has filed amicus curiae briefs in federal and state courts in nearly all major child pornography cases, often in coalition with other concerned organizations, as a “friend of the court” in support of laws and law enforcement or on behalf of members of Congress.
Concurrent with her service on the national board, Jennifer is the past chair of the CLS Attorney Ministries committee which establishes and seeks to strengthen CLS Attorney chapters nationwide. She is vice president of the Orange County CLS Chapter, past president of the San Diego Chapter, and was founder and annual coordinator of the 50 Points of Light National CLS Attorney Prayer Team.
As a member of the Honor Guard of ADF, Jennifer's law firm co-hosted the 2010 Regional Litigation Academy in San Diego. She is a frequent guest speaker on the Will to Live, a project covering critical end of life medical care issues. Jennifer has co-chaired the San Diego County Bar's Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section, she has coordinated local pro bono Legal Aid outreaches providing legal assistance to the homeless through area churches, and she participated for years serving at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Domestic Violence Clinic.
Along with other civic and charitable organizations with which she has been involved over the years, Jennifer serves on the Orange County Sheriff's Advisory Council and the Ben Franklin Forum of Orange County's Center Club. She has completed formal training in Pastoral Crisis Intervention from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and served until recently on the board of her church.