B.A., University of Texas at Arlington (Summa Cum Laude)
J.D., University of Texas School of Law (with honors)
Patricia S. Heard earned her B.B.A. with highest honors in 1980 from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her J.D. with honors in 1983 from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review. Prior to joining the law faculty at SMU, Ms. Heard was an attorney with several different firms in the Dallas area, specializing primarily in transaction work and civil litigation. In addition, she was in-house counsel for a large corporation in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ms. Heard is a Senior Lecturer in Law, currently teaching Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy. She also serves as Co-Executive Editor of The International Lawyer, the law journal SMU publishes in cooperation with the ABA’s Section of International Law.