Patrice “Pat” McElroy serves as a hearing judge and Assistant Supervising Judge of the State Bar Court. In August, 2006, the California Supreme Court extended her tenure as a Hearing Department judge by appointing her to a six-year term expiring in October, 2012. And in 2012 the California Supreme reappointed her to another six-year term expiring October 2018 Judge McElroy is a current board member of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), the Community Alliance for Special Education until 2009, and the San Francisco Child Abuse Council until 2011, as well as a past board member of the Children’s Mental Health Policy Board. From 1997 – 2000, she was the Executive Director of the Bay Area Association of Advocates for Children. She is a member of the Dependency Review Panel of the BASF and of the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children.
From 1998 until her initial appointment to the State Bar Court in 2001, Judge McElroy was in private practice, representing children in administrative hearings and family law court, mediating adoptions and guardianships for the Consortium for Children, handling trials in the areas of juvenile delinquency and dependency law, and serving as commissioner pro tem in the San Francisco Unified Family Court. Prior to that time, she was a staff attorney for the National Center for Youth Law. From 1978 to 1986, she worked for the Office of Public Defender in San Francisco as Principal Trial Attorney, where she accumulated extensive trial experience in criminal and juvenile matters.
Graduated from UC Berkeley in 1974 and was a Vista Volunteer from 1974-1975; Hastings from 1975-1978; Passed the bar in 1978.