Patricia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in in Philosophy from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1984 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1991.  Her law practice centers on family law issues. She served on the Mississippi Bar Association Ethics Committee and and was recognized by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project for her pro bono service. Patricia is a former adjunct professor at Tulane University Continuing Studies Madison Campus. She lives with her three boys in her hometown, Jackson, Mississippi.