Adjunct Professor Roger Patton received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University in 1968 and his J.D. from Hastings in 1971. Immediately after graduation and taking the Washington State and California Bar examinations, Professor Patton completed an assignment as a U.S. Army Reserve Officer and returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin a six-year stint as a trial lawyer for the Alameda County Public Defender. After trying numerous misdemeanor and felony trials, including several murder cases, Professor Patton switched gears to become legal counsel for Kaiser Engineers Raymond International. Quickly tiring of the corporate legal scene, Professor Patton joined a small Oakland law firm which evolved into Patton Wolan & Boxer in 1984.
From 1974 through the 1990s Professor Patton taught part-time at Armstrong Law School in Berkeley, Oakland School of Law, California State University at Hayward, and Ohlone Community College in Fremont.
At Patton Wolan & Boxer, Professor Patton has litigated many types of cases, including death penalty homicides, general business and contract disputes, civil rights, personal injury for plaintiffs and defense, and family law matters. Noteworthy cases include the first California victory for vicarious liability of a gun store for selling an assault weapon to a criminal who used the weapon to commit murder and the first civil rights case holding juveniles and their parents liable for hate crimes against a Chinese-American family and a Korean college student. Professor Patton's wife, Ann Diem, is a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County.
Professor Patton enjoys traveling, scuba diving and astronomy in his free time.