Patricia Seith is a Research Fellow at Stanford Law School. Her research explores the ways in which marriage and family models influenced late twentieth-century lawmaking and legal reforms in the full range of areas affecting women’s economic status, including problems arising in credit and lending, purchasing, bankruptcy, tax, pension, and insurance, as well as the contemporary implications of those social and legal changes.
She is a frequent speaker on women's legal history, women's economic issues, and women and work. Her article titled “Congressional Power to Effect Sex Equality,” which appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, was the centerpiece of a symposium on the Economic Equity Act and the future of gender equity held at Harvard Law School.
Prior to coming to Stanford, she was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. She previously worked at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where her litigation practice included a wide-range of commercial and pro bono matters. Before entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she served as Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received her B.S. with honors and distinction from Cornell University.