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Patrice Fulcher

Patrice A. Fulcher

Associate Professor


404-872-3593 Ext. 128


B.A., Howard University
J.D., Emory University School of Law

Courses Taught

Criminal Law; Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I, II & III; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; Trial Advocacy; Criminal Procedure, and Integrated Criminal Practice

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

Professor Patrice A. Fulcher is a tenured Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS). She is the first Black female professor at AJMLS to receive tenure since the law school’s inception in 1933. She primarily teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and advanced classes for the Honors Program in Criminal Justice, yet she is also proficient in teaching all trial advocacy and legal research and writing courses. Professor Fulcher has served AJMLS and the legal community by organizing and chairing the AJMLS Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar and also by working on numerous faculty committee appointments. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Latin American and Caribbean Law Students Associations. In 2011, Professor Fulcher was formally recognized for her outstanding and impactful service to both the law school and legal community when she was awarded the AJMLS Community Service Award.

Professor Fulcher’s scholarship focuses on issues surrounding the Prison Industrial Complex; prison privatization, the exploitation of prison laborers, the effects of the utilization of prison video visitation systems, and other profiteering schemes that benefit from mass incarceration in the U.S. She has dedicated her entire career to the fight for equality of all disenfranchised people, and quality representation for the poor.

Prior to joining AJMLS in 2007, she served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Georgia Capital Defender and the Fulton County Public Defender offices. She was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Fulton County Conflict Defender, and worked in the Felony Trial Division of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council. She has successfully represented indigent clients facing the death penalty as well as all other major felony and misdemeanor offenses. Additionally, Professor Fulcher has provided representation and research for abused and neglected children with the DeKalb County Georgia Juvenile Court, and litigated against unconstitutional jail conditions and practices with the Southern Center for Human Rights.

She is a core instructor for Gideon’s Promise (formerly known as The Southern Public Defender Training Center), and has been a litigation instructor for The Kentucky Death Penalty Institute, The Mississippi Office of the State Public Defender Training Division, The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, The Fulton County Public Defender Office, and the American Bar Association NACDL National Defender Training Program. Professor Fulcher has lectured extensively on mass incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex across the U.S. (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico), the erosion of the 4th Amendment, capital defense, juveniles charged as adults, client-centered representation, successful defense trial investigations, and effective storytelling techniques for public defenders.

Professor Fulcher has been interviewed as an expert in the area of criminal law, criminal procedure, and entities surrounding mass incarceration. In January of 2015, she was interviewed by NBC News, and interviewed and quoted in an article by the Economist regarding her expertise on prison video visitation; in 2014, she wrote and published a summary of her an article on prison video visitation for Prison Legal News; and she provided an expert opinion to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on accurate criminal procedures for congressional contempt proceedings. Professor Fulcher received her B.A. from Howard University in 1992, and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1995.


Academic Journals

Emancipate the FLSA:  Transform the Harsh Economic Reality of Working Inmates, ____ St. John’s University Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development ___ (Spring 2015)

The Double Edged Sword of Prison Video Visitation:  Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex, 9 Florida A & M Univ. Law Review 83 (Fall 2013)

Hustle and Flow:  Prison Privatization Fueling the Prison Industrial Complex, 51 Washburn L.J. 589 (Summer 2012)

CLE Publications                                                                                                            

17th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Update Program Materials, ICLE Georgia, Criminal Procedure Update:  5th Amendment Right to Counsel, Government Searches, and Life Without Parole Sentences for Juvenile Offenders (2010)

Encyclopedia Entries                                         

Fulcher, P. (2010). Liddell v. Missouri. In K. Lomotey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of African American education. (pp. 390-393)

Fulcher, P., & Watson, A. (2010). Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada. In K. Lomotey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of African American education. (pp. 453-456)

Book Chapters

Patrick A. Grant, Richael Barger-Anderson, Patrice A. Fulcher (2005), IMPACT OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ON SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES, in Sandra Burkhardt, Festus Obiakor, and Anthony F. Rotatori (ed.) Current Perspectives on Learning Disabilities (Advances in Special Education, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.183-191

Media, Public & Professional Appearances

Legal/Media Publications & Comments

Interviewed by NBC News regarding the growth of video visitation in county jails, “As Jail Visits Go High-Tech, Isolation Grows” (February 2015)

Interviewed by the Economist regarding jail/prison video visitation, “Screening visitors. Prisons profit by stopping family visits” (January 24, 2015)

Published in Prison Legal News, wrote a summation of the prison video visitation article “
The Double Edged Sword of Video Visitation: Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex” (November 8, 2014)

Requested by Representative Elijah E. Cummings’ office, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to give an expert comment on contempt proceedings against Lois Lerner. (March 26, 2014)


Georgia College, Blacks in the Law Lecture Series, presentation, “Terry v. Ohio: The Birth of Stop & Frisk, and Continued Legal Validation of Police Harassment of Blacks” (Milledgeville, GA April 2015)

Elon University School of Law, Faculty Scholar Exchange Presentation, “The Growth of Jail and Prison Video Visitation Systems in the U.S.” (Greensboro, NC March 2015)

Gideon’s Promise & SCLC of Cobb County Black History program, honoring Rev. Dwight Graves, panelists, “A Night for Social Justice”, Zion Baptist Church (Marietta, GA February 2015)

Gideon’s Promise Day, panelist, “How Can You Ensure Gideon’s Promise is Fulfilled?” Spelman College (Atlanta, GA March 2014)

Northeastern People of Color Conference, presentation, “Have the Drugs won the War on Drugs?”, The University of Puerto Rico Law School (San Juan, Puerto Rico December 2013)

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Reentry Forum Moderator, Open Dialogue With Community Leaders, Law Students and Professors, Formerly Incarcerated People, Policy Makers, and Attorneys on the film “The House I Live in” (Atlanta, GA October 2013)

Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, presentation, “The Re-Education of Barack Obama”: The War on Drugs and the Prison Industrial Complex, Loyola Law School” (Chicago, IL April 2013)

St. John’s School of Law, Criminal Justice in the 21st Century, presentation, “The challenge to Protect Individual Freedoms, Civil Rights, and Our Safety: Prisons, Reforms, and Rehabilitation” (Queens, NY April 2013)

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Faculty Scholarship Presentation, “Hustle and Flow: Prison Privatization Fueling the Prison Industrial Complex” (Atlanta, GA November 2012)

The Mississippi Public Defenders Office 2012 Training Program, presentation, “Bringing Our Clients to Life Through Storytelling” (Bay St. Louis, MS 2012)

ICLE 17th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Update State Bar of Georgia, presentation, “Analytical Survey of the 2010 Supreme Court Decisions: Miranda, the 4th Amendment, effective assistance of counsel, and the 8th Amendment” (Atlanta, GA 2010)

The National Peace Foundation / Open World, Georgia Delegation to Atlanta, presentation, “The Criminal Jury Trial System in America” Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA 2010)

2009 Annual Georgia State Bar Meeting, panelists, “The Implementation of the Death Penalty: Issues and Perspectives” (Amelia Island, FL 2009)

Symposium on Indigent Defense in Georgia, panel moderator, “Indigent Defense in Georgia Pre-GPDSC: A Microcosm of the National Crisis” Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA 2008)

Fulton County Public Defender Office, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, presentation, “Effective Motions Practice for Public Defenders” (Atlanta, GA 2008)

North Carolina Black Youth Summit/College Tour, presentation, “Challenges Facing Black Males in the Legal System” Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (Atlanta, GA 2008)

Gideon’s Promise, yearly faculty trainer presentations, “Story Telling For the Public Defender”, “Client Centered Representation & Ethics”, “Effective Defense Investigation”, “Developing Client Relations”, and “Prosecutorial Misconduct”; Summer, Winter, and Fall faculty participant trainer and faculty trainer the trainer sessions (Birmingham and Montgomery, AL; Atlanta, GA; and Winston Salem, NC 2006-present)

Georgia Capital Defender Annual ICLE Training Seminar, presentation, “Handling Issues of Race and Diversity in Representing Clients Facing the Death Penalty” (Atlanta, GA 2005)

Mathews United Methodist Church Youth Ministries Summit, presentation, “The Criminal Justice System and the Death Penalty” (Atlanta, GA 2005)