Patricia L. West, JD

Distinguished Professor

Associate Dean of Career, Alumni & Student Services


Judge Patricia L. West, who served as a judge in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and who most recently served as chief deputy attorney general of Virginia, joined Regent University as a distinguished professor of law and government and as associate dean in the School of Law.

West joined the Attorney General's Office in 2012, after serving as a judge in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. She was named to the bench by the Virginia General Assembly in March 2000 after previously serving on the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Former Virginia Governor George Allen appointed West to serve in his cabinet as secretary of public safety in 1996. She also served as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and headed the Governor's Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform.

West began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam W. Coleman of the Court of Appeals in Virginia. She then joined the Virginia Beach City Attorney's Office and worked in both the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Commonwealths' Attorneys Offices, specializing in child abuse and neglect cases in all three offices. West also served in an advisory capacity to two previous attorneys general.

She was a member of Attorney General Mark Earley's 1998 Commission on Gangs and Youth Violence and also served on a commission investigating child abuse fatality rates in the Hampton Roads area. Under Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, she served on his Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as chairman of the criminal justice committee and legal services committee. West has served on Regent University School of Law's Board of Visitors since 2003.


Board of Visitors, Regent University School of Law and Government, 2003- present.

Advisory Board of Directors, Seton Youth Shelters, 2005 - present.

Virginia Code Commission, 2010 - 2012.

Criminal Justice Services Board, 2001-2005.

Attorney General Mark Earley's Commission on Gangs and Youth Violence, 1998.

Attorney General Jerry Kilgore's Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 2002.

Department of Juvenile Justice, Judicial Liaison Committee, 1998-2008.

Former member, Virginia Bar Association's Domestic Relations Section Council.

Former member, National Institute of Justice's Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Committee.

Former member, Children's Performance Workshop Advisory Board.