Patricia Siemen, O.P.
Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence

Patricia Siemen, O.P.


(321) 206-5697


J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
M.A. in Spirituality and Culture, Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
Masters in Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

Classes Taught

Earth Jurisprudence Seminar


Patricia Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan and a civil attorney. She currently serves as the Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, an initiative of Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. The mission of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence is to advance law and culture in ways that protect the inherent rights of people and Mother Earth to exist, thrive and regenerate according to Earth’s functions. Sister Pat is a member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and a founding board member of the Earth Law Center.

Sister Pat served as the coordinator of the Healing the Earth Center at the Institute of Pastoral Ministry, St. Thomas University and as the director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, from 2001 - 2004.

She served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Congregational leadership team from 1988 - 1998. She is a former staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section, and legal services attorney for migrant farm workers in Immokalee, Florida.