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About Patricia McKenzie

Dr. Patricia McKenzie (formerly Craig) received a B. A. (with distinction) and an M. A. in Political Science from San Jose State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J. D. from Lincoln Law School of San Jose. After graduation from Berkeley, Dr. McKenzie worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at SRI International in the Center for the Study of Social Policy where she directed major policy evaluation studies for the federal government and the State of California. After leaving SRI and receiving her law degree, Dr. McKenzie passed the Bar Examination on her first attempt and subsequently graded the California Bar Examination. Dr. McKenzie has served as an Associate in the law firm of Ropers, Majeski, Cohn & Bentley and the firm of Grunsky, Ebey, Farrar & Howell as well as serving as "house counsel" for two major insurance companies. Dr. McKenzie is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully tried personal injury, civil rights, and property damage cases. She currently serves as a Temporary Small Claims Court Judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Dr. McKenzie has taught graduate seminars at U. C. Berkeley and the College of Holy Names on "The Politics of Education" and "School Finance Reform". She has also taught Constitutional Law and Advanced Legal Research and Writing classes at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Positions

Present Lecturer, San Jose State University Political Science
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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Outstanding Alumni of the Year with conferral of Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in both Constitutional Law and Conflicts of Law
  • Award for Best Written Moot Court Brief

Education

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1976 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley ‐ Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration
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1972 M.A., San Jose State University ‐ Political Science
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1970 B.A., San Jose State University ‐ Political Science
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Publications (17)