Judge Bios

Broderick, Patricia

Appointed: January 15, 1999

Patricia A. Broderick, former Special Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office at the U.S. Department of Justice, will be sworn in as the newest Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on Friday, January 15, 1999, at 4 p.m., in the third floor atrium of the H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Chief Judge Eugene N. Hamilton of the Superior Court will preside. Superior Court Associate Judge Henry F. Greene will administer the Oath of Office.

Ms. Broderick was born in New York City and graduated from River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, New Jersey. Ms. Broderick came to Washington, D.C. to attend college. While in college, Ms. Broderick spent a summer in Guyaquil, Ecuador, as a volunteer social worker for the Meals for Millions Program.

She received her B.A. in sociology cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1971. Ms. Broderick received the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare traineeship for graduate study and earned her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University in 1974. From 1974 to 1978, she served as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ms. Broderick interned as a Law Clerk for the law firm of Hall, Surovell, Jackson & Colten in the summer of 1980, and in 1981, Ms. Broderick received her J.D. degree from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Women in 1981.

Following law school, Ms. Broderick interned as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry F. Greene from 1981 to 1982. In 1982, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as as Assistant U.S. Attorney, where she served in the Misdemeanor Trial and Grand Jury Sections, as well as the Appellate and Felony Division, where she tried cases involving murder, rape, and sexual offenses against children. She received the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award in 1988.

In 1989, Ms. Broderick joined the Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture Sections of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she received another Department of Justice Special Achievement Award in 1990. Ms. Broderick moved to the Office of Financial Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury in 1992, where she became Chief of the International Section. She led the U.S. negotiating team for a bilateral Money Laundering Information Exchange Agreement with Paraguay and spearheaded two inter-agency money laundering assessment team, one to Ecuador and another to Guatemala.

She has traveled extensively and lectured internationally on anti-money laundering methods in several countries, including Panama, Belize, Martinique, Chile and Malaysia. Beginning in June 1994, she served as an Attorney to the Violence Against Women Office at the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to her career obligations, Ms. Broderick teaches a trial advocacy class at George Washington University Law School and also teached in the Emory University Law School Trial Techniques Program. She has also been part of the mentor programs at her alma maters, Trinity College and The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. In her spare time, Ms. Broderick enjoys the theater, plays the flute and is an avid snow skier and water skier.