L. Patricia Mock

L. Patricia Mock

Associate Professor

B.A. James Madison Honors College at Michigan State University 1975
J.D. University of Tennessee School of Law 1979


Professor Mock joined the full-time faculty at Cooley in 2009. Previously, she served as a Visiting Professor in Cooley's Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. In 2008-2009, she was also a consultant (pro-bono public service) for the Tennessee Domestic Violence Task Force.

She has served as an adjunct instructor at Austin Peay State University, and an adjunct law instructor/adviser at Miller Motte Business College. From 1993-2008, she was the EEO Officer for Legal Services/Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, serving 48 counties.

Professor Mock also served as staff attorney/senior attorney/managing attorney for Legal Services/Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. From 1995-2008 she served as the Program Director for the Community Development Block Grant for Housing and Fair Housing and in 1999 co-authored the Fair Housing Impediment Analysis for Montgomery County, Tennessee. From 1997-2008, she served as Program Director of the VOCA Victim Advocacy Program and while in Tennessee administered other federal domestic violence prevention grants including VAWA and the CCR Federal Demonstration Project for Tennessee.

She was honored in 2008 by the 105th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee honoring 24 years of legal advocacy and public service in that state. She was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Advisory Commission on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure; the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Fairness Commission; the Self-Represented Litigant Work Group; and to the Advisory Commission on Rules of Civil, Appellate and Criminal Procedure. She also served, with distinction, as a hearing panelist for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

Professor Mock has helped Cooley receive national recognition.  She has coached Client Counseling teams and helped bring home five Regional Championships.  Three of her teams advanced to the final round of the National Competition, and one team won the ABA National Client Counseling Competition. 

She has also garnered significant media attention for Cooley Law School and the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. She facilitated the appearance of several Sixty Plus interns on three separate television broadcasts devoted exclusively to the work the law students provide for seniors in the Tri-County Area.  She also arranged coverage for the Stone Community Project and discussion of the tremendous success this project has enjoyed in reaching under-served communities of color. 

Professor Mock also appeared on a local television in Detroit to discuss the Elderlaw Clinic where she has addressed the importance of earning advanced degrees and talked about ways high school and college students should prepare for law school.  

At Cooley, she teaches in the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic and supervises students in the representation of clients in a variety of civil matters.



L. Patricia Mock, “Effective Outreach to Under-Served Communities of Color: an Arduous Sojourn to Cultivate and Attain Trust,” THOMAS M. COOLEY JOURNAL OF PRACTICAL AND CLINICAL LAW, v.16 no. 3 (2014) (forthcoming).


L. Patricia Mock, Presentation, “Equal Access to Justice Conference on Case Rounds/ Assessments/ and Experiential Learning for externs, new lawyers and law students,” American Bar Association, 2014.

L. Patricia Mock, Work Group Facilitator, “Civil Rights/Discrimination/Fair Housing,” Association of American Law Schools, 2014.

L. Patricia Mock, Work Group Facilitator, “Inclusion and Diversity in an Elder Law Clinic,” Association of American Law Schools, 2012.

L. Patricia Mock, Presentation “State Bar of Michigan/Sixty Plus/Pro-Bono Collaboration,” Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2012.

L. Patricia Mock, Several Presentations “Affordable Health Care” AARP, 2011-12.

L. Patricia Mock, Presentation, “Estate Recovery in Michigan,” American Bar Association, 2011.

L. Patricia Mock, Presentation “Outcome Performance Measurements and Assessments,” Association of American Law Schools, 2010.


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Courses: Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic

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