William Wesley Patton

William Wesley Patton, Esq., Legal Advisor

bill-pattonAfter graduating from UCLA School of Law Professor William Wesley Patton became a California State Public Defender specializing in the representation of juveniles in the California courts of appeal and Supreme Court.  While teaching at UCLA School of Law, he supervised students in the representation of parties in child abuse litigation in the Los Angeles County Child Dependency Courts.  From 1984-2016 he taught at Whittier Law School where he served as the founding Director of the Center for Children’s Rights, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Associate Dean of Clinical Programs, and now holds the title of Professor of Law Emeritus. For the past ten years Professor Patton has also taught Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, medical ethics and medical policy advocacy at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He will also be a Lecturer in the USC Gould School of Law.

Professor Patton has written more than 40 law review articles, book chapters, and books on children, including:

Patton, William Wesley. Legal Ethics in Child Custody and Dependency Proceedings: A Guide For Judges and Lawyers. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Patton, William Wesley. Juvenile Law and its Processes: Cases and Materials, 3rd ed. LexisNexis, 2003.

Patton, William Wesley and Latz, Sara. “Severing Hansel from Gretel: An Analysis of Siblings’ Association RightsUniversity of Miami Law Review 48, no. 748 (1994): 745-808.

Patton, William Wesley. “The Status of Siblings’ Rights: A View into the New MillenniumDePaul Law Review 51 no. 1 (2001).

added January 3, 2017
updated November 1, 2017