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Patrice Fulcher

Patrice 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

Career Highlights

SSRN Papers

Patrice A. Fulcher is a Tenured Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) where she teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. For six years, Professor Fulcher organized and chaired the AJMLS’s Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar. In 2011 she was recognized for her outstanding and impactful service to the law school and legal community. Her 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. Professor Fulcher 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. In 2014, she was asked to provide an expert opinion to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the adequate criminal procedure 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.


Emancipate the FLSA:  Transform the Harsh Economic Reality of Working Inmates, ____ St. John’s University Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development ___ (Summer 2014)

The Double Edged Sword of Prison Video Visitation:  Claiming to Keep Families Together While Furthering the Aims of the Prison Industrial Complex, ____ Florida A & M Univ. Law Review ____ (Spring 2014)

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

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)                                         

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)

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

Twenty Five Independent Legal Experts Now Agree That Issa Botched Contempt. (March 26, 2014). Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.