Leslie Jill Patterson

Lubbock, TX

Host: Texas Tech University

Leslie Jill Patterson will promote the use of storytelling in capital murder plea negotiations, habeas proceedings, and clemency petitions to reduce executions in the state of Texas.

Patterson is a professor of English at Texas Tech University, where she teaches narrative nonfiction. As one of the first creative writers in the country to develop the use of storytelling and narrative in the field of capital defense, she has assisted with the mitigation narratives of numerous defendants, taught narrative law in various continuing legal education settings, and presented on her work at conferences throughout the country.

Since 2011, she has been an “expert member” of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and in 2012 was awarded the Boone Fellowship from the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University for her work fighting the death penalty. She obtained her PhD from Oklahoma State University and also holds degrees from Texas A&M University and Abilene Christian University.