Patricia McKenzie

PhD from Berkeley and J.D. from Lincoln Law School

Dr. McKenzie received a B. A. (with distinction) and a M. A. in Political Science at 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. During law school Dr. McKenzie received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitution Law and the Conflicts of Law which is given to the student with the highest grade and rank in the class and also received an award for the Best Written Moot Court Brief. In 2014 Dr. McKenzie was named The Outstanding Alumni of the Year and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

After graduation from Berkeley, Dr. McKenzie worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at SRI International, (formerly Stanford Research Institute), 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 California Bar Examination on her first attempt and subsequently graded the Bar Examination. She received an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at U. C. Berkeley where she taught graduate seminars as well as teaching a graduate course in School Finance Reform at the College of Holy Names. She has also taught Constitutional Law and Advanced Legal Research and Writing classes at Lincoln Law School of San Jose.

Dr. McKenzie is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully tried personal injury, civil rights, and property damage cases. She 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.

She is now retired from active law practice but, continues to serve as a Temporary Small Claims Court and Traffic Court Judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.