Patricia S. Heard

Patricia S. Heard

Full-time faculty

Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

Biography

Patricia S. Heard earned her B.B.A. with highest honors in 1980 from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her J.D. with honors in 1983 from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review. Prior to joining the law faculty at SMU, Professor Heard was an attorney with several different firms in the Dallas area, specializing primarily in transaction work and civil litigation. In addition, she was in-house counsel for a large corporation in Birmingham, Alabama.

Professor Heard is a Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy.  She currently teaches Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy. She also serves as Co-Executive Editor of The International Lawyer and The Year In Review, the law journals SMU publishes in cooperation with the ABA’s Section of International Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy

Education

B.B.A., summa cum laude, University of Texas at Arlington
J.D., University of Texas School of Law (with honors)

Courses

Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy