The Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan

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The Honorable Patricia A. SullivanAdjunct Professor of LawUnited States District Court, District of Rhode Island

The Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan is a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island. She was appointed in 2012. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (formerly Edwards & Angell, LLP and Edwards Angell Palmer Dodge, LLP).

She was the recipient of the 2014 Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Public Service Award given annually to one lawyer in the United States for “exemplary community, public and charitable service” and the 2013 Ronald McDonald House of Providence Award for “Exceptional Leadership in Our Community.”

Courses Taught

LAW.827Discovery: Unpacking Civil Pretrial Practice

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Course Description

This two-credit course will provide intensive, hands-on instruction in pretrial discovery practice in civil litigation. Working with a simulated case in the federal courts system, students will engage in each of the stages of civil discovery, from planning a discovery strategy, to submitting and arguing a discovery motion, to taking a mock deposition. The class will also include discussion of the policies and values reflected in American civil discovery approach, as well as key ethical issues that frequently arise in the discovery practice.

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Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.