Patricia A. Broderick

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Patricia A. Broderick received a BA degree from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in Washington, DC. She received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University School of Education, and worked for four years as a probation and parole officer before attending law school. She received a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1981.

Following law school, Judge Broderick was law clerk to the Honorable Henry F. Greene from 1981 to 1982. In 1982, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While there she received a Special Achievement Award for her work. In 1989, Judge Broderick joined the Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture Sections of the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Broderick moved to the Office of Financial Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury in 1992, where she became Chief of the International Section, handling international anti-money laundering negotiations and speaking at international conferences. Beginning in June 1994, she served as an Attorney for the Task Force on Tax Refund Fraud. From 1995 to 1998, Judge Broderick was Special Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Broderick was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on November 3, 1998. She has served in the Civil Division, including landlord-tenant court, and also in juvenile court. Additionally, she has handled cases from misdemeanors to homicides and serious felonies in the Criminal Division. Judge Broderick took senior status in September 2020. In addition to her career obligations, Judge Broderick has taught trial advocacy at George Washington University Law School for over 20 years and also teaches in the Emory University Law School Trial Techniques Program, and the Harvard Law School Trial Workshop.

In her spare time, Judge Broderick enjoys travel (over 50 countries), snow skiing in her mono-ski, theater, and playing her flute. She is a member of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) as well as its sister organization, The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).

BA, Trinity College; MA, George Washington University; JD, The Catholic University of America