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Pat Novotny

Part-time Lecturer, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and School of Law

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PDL B111
Office Hours: 
By appointment


University of Washington, J.D. (1983)
Reed College, B.A. (English Literature) (1976)

A Seattle attorney, she practices appellate law emphasizing family law. Ms. Novotny also teaches Women and Law at the University of Washington in the Women Studies Department and a course on gender, sex, and sexuality at the university's law school. She is a long-time volunteer attorney with the Northwest Women's Law Center. She has been involved in numerous cases asserting the rights of women, gays, and lesbians in contexts including reproductive rights (State v. Dunn, In re Marriage of Litowitz), juror rights (State v. Burch), sexual privacy rights (Gryczan v. Montana), domestic violence (Marriage of Muhammad, In Re Drollinger- Montana), same-sex couple property rights (Vasquez v. Hawthorne and Gormley v. Robertson), and parenting rights (Parentage of L.B.).