Jill L. Patterson

Role: Retired
Campus: Springfield



  • JD, 1993, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • BA, 1990, Washington University


  • CRM 260 – Criminal Law and the Courts
  • CRM 435 – Evidence
  • PSY 557/657 - Forensic Psychology: Child Abuse and the Law (one of the required courses for the Forensic Child Psychology Graduate Certificate)

Research and professional interests

Her interests include the Criminal Justice system and specifically, the investigation and prosecution of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence cases and the Child Welfare System.  Before joining the faculty of the Criminology Department at MSU, Ms. Patterson was a Public Defender in the Missouri Public Defender's Office, a Greene County Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Legal Counsel for the Greene County Sheriff's Office since 2011.

Awards and honors

  • Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 40 Under 40 honoree 2007
  • Springfield Business Journal 20 Most Influential Women honoree 2008
  • Dr. John P. Ferguson Award for Child Advocacy 2008
  • Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 13th Annual Women's Justice Award Public Practitioner honoree 2011