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Gary A. Patton
  • Title
    • Adjunct Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Legal Studies
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Admin Building, 230
    • Crown Faculty Offices #230
  • Office Hours Tu/Thu 11:45 - 12:45 /3:30 - 4:30 (Fall Quarter 2021)
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street - Crown Faculty Services
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Politics
  • Courses LGST 196, LGST 10

Biography, Education and Training

I am currently practicing environmental law as a sole practitioner in Santa Cruz, California. I also teach courses, as an adjunct professor, in the Politics Department (Legal Studies Major) at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

My previous employment history is as follows: From 1975 to 1995 I served as an elected member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. From 1995 to 1998, I was the General Counsel of The Planning and Conservation League. From 1998 to 2005, I served as the Executive Director of LandWatch Monterey County. From 2005 until February 2008, I served as the Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League, and the PCL Foundation. I served as PCL General Counsel from February to October 2008. I was “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, from November 2008 to October 2013.


From 1971 to approximately 1979, I maintained a private law practice in Santa Cruz, California.