Patrice Victoria Corpus

2015 Public Interest Grant Recipient

Patrice Victoria Corpus is entering her third year at Loyola Law School this fall.  Ms. Corpus’ interest and involvement with organizations working with women and/or children have been longstanding.  Before and during college, she coached basketball and mentored at-risk youth at a park and recreation in the San Fernando Valley.  Also during college, she participated in a Teach in Prison program which helped inmates work towards their GED.  After graduation, Ms. Corpus practiced in the field of social work for three years.  During this time, she worked with AIDS Project Los Angeles, which provides services to a large population of homeless women who have substance abuse issues or have become in the sex-trade industry.  She also worked with the El Nido Family Centers as a case manager in their Adolescent Family Life Program.  Since entering law school, Ms. Corpus has continued her work with children by clerking for the Children’s Law Center of California.  During the 2014-2015 school year, she participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic as a certified law student representing minors in delinquency proceedings.  Ms. Corpus will be working with the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic this upcoming school year, where she will deal with severe sentences and wrongful convictions of juveniles.  She plans to focus on indigent juvenile criminal defense after graduation from law school.