Patricia Lacy, J.D.
Patricia Lacy, J.D.
Patricia Lacy was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she majored in philosophy and theology. During the course of her studies at Mary Baldwin, Patricia was afforded the opportunity to study at St. Anne’s College, an integral part of Oxford University, located in Oxford, England. After attaining her undergraduate degree, Patricia attended graduate school at Yale University, further pursuing studies in philosophy and theology. Upon completing her studies at Yale, she took a 20-year break from attending school to pursue business interests.
Patricia has worked, to a varying degree, across a broad spectrum of business ventures. After Yale, she served the likes of President Gerald Ford and the King of Norway while working in Anchorage, Alaska. After living in Alaska, she owned and managed properties for investment purposes in southwest Virginia. In addition to the real-estate industry, her business ventures have included selling antiquities, particularly those of the pre-Victorian era, as well as working as the Director of Education at a Presbyterian school in Wytheville, Virginia. In August 1994, she entered University of Oregon School of Law, to pursue her Juris Doctorate. She graduated in 1997, and has since completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Lyle Velure of the Lane County Circuit Court. She worked briefly in a law firm in Lebanon, prior to arriving at Oregon State University in October 2000.
Currently, Patricia works for the students of Oregon State University at the ASOSU Office of Advocacy. She represents the interests of students when they are engaged in a dispute or misunderstanding with the university or any of its administrative units. Her clients’ issues cover the areas of academic advising, campus OSP & Public Safety, discrimination, faculty misconduct, financial aid, grade dispute, Greek life, harassment/ sexual abuse, parking, privacy, residency, student conduct, student health insurance, student accounts and University Housing & Dining Services. In addition to handling issues of conflicting interests, Patricia also works with students to enrich and strengthen their educational experience. She meets with students interested in attending law school and speaks to student organizations in addition to presenting trainings on the issues of supervising peers and resolving conflict. Advising students and fellow ASOSU staff members as they work on projects and assignments is another critical aspect of Patricia’s job, which helps ensure the success of students who otherwise might not have known how to proceed.
Patricia is the mother of three grown children. Her daughter has graduated from college and taught English overseas in Japan. She is now married to an OSU professor. The older of her two sons recently graduated from the University of Oregon, with a major in Environmental Studies. Her younger son is currently completing a study abroad year in Norway and will return in the fall to complete his degree at the University of Oregon, where he is majoring in philosophy and psychology. Patricia has been married to Norman Carlson for nine years.