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Patricia Moore

Professor of Law


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Contact Information


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1983
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1980

Licensed to Practice

  • OK
  • IL (inactive)

Specialties and Courses

  • Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Complex Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Academic Fellow – National Civil Justice Institute – 2016 to present


Patricia Moore, J.D., teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts and other courses related to litigation. She joins St. Mary’s University School of Law as a Professor of Law in the Fall 2023 semester.

Moore has taught at four other law schools. She was a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University College of Law (Florida) and at Oklahoma City University School of Law. She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for several years at both of those institutions. Finally, Moore has been a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and at Stetson University College of Law.

Moore has testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the Oklahoma State Legislature on class actions. Her scholarship includes empirical and doctrinal work and focuses on how access to justice may be affected by procedural rules, the demographics of the federal courts, and the politicized nature of both. Her articles have been published in the University of Illinois Law Review, American University Law Review, Tennessee Law Review and many other leading journals.

Prior to teaching, Moore was a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (now part of Dentons), practicing in civil litigation. She is a member of the Bar in Oklahoma (active) and Illinois (inactive).




  • The First Year of the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Refinement, Not Revolution, American Association for Justice (2017).
  • Oklahoma Trial Practice (Thomson West, 2d ed. 1999) (with John Morris and Daniel Morgan).

Law Review Articles



  • Invited testimony, Hearing on “The State of Class Actions Ten Years after the Class Action Fairness Act,” Before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, United States House of Representatives, February 27, 2015.Invited testimony, Oklahoma State Legislature, Proposed “Tort Reform” legislation, including class actions (2004).Invited panelist, The Roberts Court and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Civil Procedure Section, San Francisco (Jan. 5, 2017).

    Invited panelist, Who Will Write Your Rules? Your State Court or the Federal Judiciary?, National Civil Justice Institute, 24th Annual Judges Forum, Los Angeles (July 23, 2016).

    Invited panelist, Workshop on Public Access to Federal Court Data (“What We Should Be Able to Do with Federal Court Data But Can’t”), University of Pennsylvania Law School (October 8-9, 2015).

Media Highlights

  • Quoted in Joe Palazzolo and Jess Bravin, Businesses Win Lawsuit Curbs With New Rules, WALL ST. JOURNAL (March 22, 2016).
  • Quoted in Rebecca Wilhelm, Civil Rule Changes Could Affect Environmental Litigation, BLOOMBERG BNA (January 19, 2016).
  • Quoted in Colleen Wright, Parkland Families Want To Sue Gun Companies But Could Face Financial Ruin If They Do, MIAMI HERALD (May 24, 2018).