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(206) 398-4121


B.A., summa cum laude, Boston College, 1981; Phi Beta Kappa
M.A., Boston College, 1988
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1993
Ph.D., Boston College, 2000
Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court
Member of the Washington State Bar Association
Admitted to practice in U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Land Use

Patrick Brown

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Professor Brown holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He wrote his dissertation on the Jesuit philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan.  He teaches Introduction to Public Law, Property, and Jurisprudence (currently a jurisprudence course on Ethics, Law, and Catholic Social Thought). He has also taught Land Use and Legal Writing.Before joining the law faculty in 2002, Professor Brown taught in the Seattle University philosophy department, where he taught, among other courses, Business Ethics, Ethics, Logic, and Discernment, Poverty in America, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of the Human Person, and Introduction to Ethics. Prior to that, Professor Brown practiced law for six years, specializing in land use, appellate law, and employment law.



Lonergan and Berrigan: Two Radical and Visionary Jesuits, in Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought, ed. James Marsh (New York: Forham University Press, 2012), 183-208.

"Aiming Excessively High and Far": the Early Lonergan and the Challenge of Theory in Catholic Social Thought, 72 Theological Studies (2011), 620-644.

 Insight as Palimpsest: The Economic Manuscripts in Insight, 2 The Lonergan Review 130-149 (2010).

Ethics as Self-Transcendence: Legal Education, Faith, and an Ethos of Justice, 32 Seattle U. L. Rev. 293-310 (2009).

Overcoming ‘Inhumanly Inept' Structures: Catholic Social Thought on ‘Subsidiarity' and the Critique of Bureaucracy, Law, and Culture, 2 Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 413-430 (2005).

Implementation in Lonergan's Early Historical Manuscripts: A Contribution to the Festschrift in Honor of Philip McShane, 3 Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis, 231-249 (2003).

Premature Post-Mortem for the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Washington Contract Law (co-author), Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Bus. Practice (Wash. State Bar Ass'n) Summer 2002.

Reply to Fred Crowe's Note on ‘The History That Is Written,' 2 Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis, 125-152 (2002).

System and History in Lonergan's Early Historical and Economic Manuscripts, 1 Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis, 32-76 (2001).