Roza Patterson

Attorney, Public Speaker, and Writer in San Francisco, CA

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Roza Patterson is on a mission to inspire other young Black and Brown students to live up to their fullest potential by tapping into their Avenues to Freedom.

Roza is an attorney working at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Her practice includes employment law, litigation, and a diverse pro bono practice. Roza is a 2021 Orrick Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Fellow at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. At the Law Foundation, Roza spent a year working full-time to help advance the rights of under-represented individuals and families in Santa Clara County by providing free legal representation on housing-related matters.

Roza graduated from the University of California Davis School of Law in 2018, where she delivered the student commencement speech and served in various leadership roles.

Prior to law school, she graduated with a Masters of Science in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2013, Roza earned her B.A. degrees in Human Rights, Political Science and Communication Studies from Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude.

Her most recent opinion editorial, "It's Time for California to Guarantee a Right to Counsel to Low-Income Tenants," was published on Newsweek in February 2022.

Roza's most recent article, "Black Bodies Drowning in the Mediterranean Sea: Why Does the World Not Care," was published by the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (Spring 2019).

  • Work
    • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Education
    • Southern Methodist University, BA, summa cum laude
    • London School of Economics, MSc, Human Rights
    • University of California Davis School of Law, JD
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