Jollee Faber Patterson
Jollee Patterson is a partner in the firm’s education and public entities teams. With more than 25 years of legal experience, she works with a wide range of education and public institutions, including public and private universities, community colleges, school districts, private schools, special districts, and other public entities. She advises clients in a wide variety of areas including employment, Title IX and other civil rights, constitutional issues, governance, public meetings and records, compliance audits, and policies and procedures. Jollee also serves as an investigator, trainer, and mediator.
Prior to joining Miller Nash, Jollee spent 16 years as the general counsel for a major urban school district, during which time she also served on the superintendent’s executive cabinet and was the secretary to the board of education for 13 years.
With her unique background, Jollee has a deep understanding of the complex issues facing education institutions and other public entities. Jollee provides stellar customer service, as she is aware of the need to solve problems as promptly and efficiently as possible so that clients can return to their core work. Jollee has significant experience resolving complex and highly sensitive issues within a political and public environment and strives to find solutions that allow clients to preserve relationships and minimize distraction.
Jollee has been an equity leader throughout her career and works closely with clients to advance equity goals. Additionally, Jollee is the chair of Miller Nash’s pro bono committee.
Resolution of Highly Sensitive Issues Plus
- Assisted numerous clients in negotiating separation arrangements and agreements with high-level administrators and executives, and supporting successful executive transitions.
Assisted client with the resolution of a highly sensitive legacy abuse claim.
Employment Advice Plus
Regularly advise clients on a wide variety of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment complaints, ADA and other accommodations, Equal Pay Act compliance, and wage-and-hour matters.
Student Issues Plus
Advise K-12 and higher education clients on a broad range of student issues including bullying and harassment, student discipline, requests for accommodations, complaint resolution, FERPA and other privacy matters, child abuse prevention, and a wide range of equity issues.
Title IX Plus
Provided training and analysis for numerous education clients regarding the 2020 Title IX regulations and Oregon laws regarding sexual harassment and assault.
Advised higher education and K-12 clients on revisions of policies, procedures, and guidance regarding the 2020 Title IX regulations.
Routinely provide guidance for education clients on policies and procedures regarding equity for underserved and underrepresented populations, including students of color, immigrant students, and LGBTQ+ students.
Provide training for boards and administrators on effective equity leadership.
Conducted numerous complex investigations of sex and race discrimination claims in highly sensitive situations involving high-level administrators and executives.
First Amendment Plus
Counseled numerous clients on complex First Amendment issues, including the intersection of freedom of speech with harassment and discrimination claims.
Assisted client with wholesale revision of freedom of expression policies and procedures in complex educational environment.
Office of Civil Rights/BOLI Plus
Routinely represent clients in OCR complaints, including sex and race discrimination claims and website accessibility.
Successfully negotiated dismissal of several OCR complaints at the pre-investigation stage.
Successfully represent clients in responding to and resolving BOLI complaints.
- Multnomah Bar Association
- Bar Fellows Task Force, Founding Member and Chair, 2015-present
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Member, 2016-2018
- Council of School Attorneys, Oregon Chair, 2012-2020
- Oregon School Boards Association Legal Assistance Trust, Board Member, 2012-2020
- Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court, Member
- Oregon State Bar
- Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Member, 2016-1018
- Access to Justice Sub-Committee, Cochair, 2018
- Oregon Women Lawyers, Member
- Portland State University, Department of Graduate Education, Adjunct Instructor, 2006-2019
- Miller Nash Pro Bono Committee, Cochair
- Coos Bay Oregon Law Center/Central Oregon Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Expungement Clinic Pro Bono Attorney, 2022-present
- Classroom Law Project, Board Member, 2014-present
- Reach and Inclusion Committee, Chair
- Mock Trial and We the People, Competition Judge
- Portland State University Explore the Law, Mentor
- Recipient of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Award of Merit, 2023
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Portland, OR)
- Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2024-present