Professor Patricia Broussard joined the faculty of Florida A&M University College of Law after teaching at Howard University School of Law for seven years. She teaches Constitutional Law I and II, First Amendment, Advance Appellate Advocacy, and Advance Topics on Women and the Law. Professor Broussard began her legal career clerking for the Honorable George W. Mitchell of the District of Columbia Superior Court. She writes in the area of Human Rights with a specialty focus on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
She has several articles on that subject and has been declared an expert witness on FGM in immigration and asylum cases. She is the recipient of the designation of “Fulbright Specialist” and has been placed on the Fulbright Roster as such. Professor Broussard also writes on disenfranchisement issues and has submitted two amici curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court; one on behalf of students while teaching at HUSL in Grutter v. Bollinger, and the other on behalf of students in Shelby County v. Holder while teaching at FAMU College of Law.
Professor Broussard is committed to service and while at Howard received the Warren Rosmarin Award for outstanding teaching and service. She regularly coaches moot court and client counseling teams and serves as a commissioner for the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King Commission. She developed and implemented an annual neighborhood service project entitled “Clean- Up Parramore Day” for the law school. She is a four time recipient of the Percy Luney Spirit of Service Award and a five time recipient of Professor of the year. Professor Broussard believes that the success of her students is her greatest accomplishment in academia.
Professor Broussard has a J.D., cum laude, from Howard University School of Law and a B.S. degree from Northwestern University.
MWF 11a.m. – 1p.m. and by appointment
Office: (407) 254 3234
Courses taught by Professor Broussard:
- Legal Methods I & II
- Professional Responsibility
- Women and the Law
- Professor Broussard presented and moderated on a panel, “The History and Erosion of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States and the Caribbean,” at the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Conference at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Professor Patricia Broussard is one of a select group of scholars and lawyers chose to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant United States Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800s to the present day. Her contribution, a commentary on Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 US 748 (2005), is in the book, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court published by Cambridge University Press in August 2016. Feminist Judgments seeks to answer the question, “What would the United States Supreme Court opinions look like if key decisions on gender issues were written with a feminist perspective?” Including twenty-five opinions, Feminist Judgments demonstrates that judges with feminist viewpoints could have changed the course of the law. More information on this book can be found at http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/law/us-law/feminist-judgments-rewritten-opinions-united-states-supreme-court.
On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Professors Patricia Broussard, Ann Marie Cavazos, Eunice Caussade-Garcia, and Robert Minarcin, as well as several students from the FAMU Law Clinics, volunteered to serve the homeless community in an event entitled “HE GOT UP!” Approximately 5,000 homeless citizens were transported to the Citrus Bowl where they received meals and a wide range of services after having had the opportunity to participate in a church service.
“HE GOT UP!” was a result of two years of planning by Pastor Timothy Johnson. Services included medical and dental, showers and haircuts, and legal assistance which FAMU Law, as well as other legal volunteers from the community, provided. The event started at 7:30 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. It was a spectacular event and the professors and students were all grateful to give back to the community.
- Case Study, THE A-Z GUIDE TO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, by Shannon Johnson with Berit Everhart, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., (2011).
- Cynthia Cook, Medical Sociology: A Reader, Chapter, Understanding Female Genital Mutilation (Forthcoming January 2012, University Readers & Cognella Academic Publishing).
- Silence: A Twenty-First Century Remnant of Slavery, Jim Crow, and Systemic Racism. Where is Justice for Black Women? (Forthcoming 2012).
- Patricia A. Broussard, Reaction Article – Shayan Modarres, The Fourteenth Amendment Isn’t “Broke”: Why Wealth Should Be a Suspect Classification under the Equal Protection Clause, VOLUME 3, ISSUE 2 OF GEORGETOWN LAW’S MODERN CRITICAL RACE PERSPECTIVES JOURNAL (2012).
- First Do No Harm: Why Pricking is Not the Solution to Ending Female Genital Mutilation, The Student Appeal (May 2010), available at:http://thestudentappeal.com/international/first-do-no-harm.
- Repair versus Rejuvenation: The Condition of Vaginas as a Proxy for the Societal Status of Women, 9 Seattle J. Soc. Just.935 (2010 – 2011).
- The Importation of Female Genital Mutilation to the West: The Cruelest Cut of All, 44 University of San Francisco Law Review 787 (Spring 2010)
- Now You See it, Now You Don’t: Addressing the Issue of Websites which are Lost in Space, 35 Ohio Northern University Law Review 155 (2009).
- Female Genital Mutilation: Exploring Strategies for Ending Ritualized Torture: Shaming, Blaming, and Invoking the Convention Against Torture, 15 Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy 19 (2008).
- The True Legacy of Rosa Parks – November 2005,http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20051102_broussard.html
- Brown Did Not Fail America, America Failed Brown, 47 How. L.J. 829 (2004).
- Supervised Grutter v. Bollinger Amicus Brief to the U. S. Supreme Court –January, 2003.
- Drafted USDA Title VI Manual – January, 2002.
- Honoring African American Women in Academia, The New Barrister, Vol. 37 No. 5, (2001).