Faculty - Patricia Collins

Patricia Collins is an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law where she teaches Federal Public Lands and Natural Resources Law. Ms. Collins is an Associate General Counsel in the Environment & Installations Division of the Air Force Office of General Counsel. She represents the Air Force in litigation and policy matters that arise under federal environmental statutes, principally the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act. Prior to her work with the Air Force, Ms. Collins served as Senior Legal Counsel at the U.S. Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center where she adjudicated economic and natural resource damage claims and pursued cost recovery on behalf of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Before entering government service, she worked in private practice with a focus on natural resources and corporate litigation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Collins was an environmental scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management. Ms. Collins received her A.B. from Colby College, her J.D. (cum laude) from Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. (highest honors) in Environmental and International and Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School.