Patrice A. Sulton is a comprehensive criminal justice advocate based in Washington, DC. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, she prides herself on taking a holistic, pragmatic approach to client service. Working to obtain favorable courtroom results is only half the job. The other half is mitigating the personal, professional, and reputational harm that contact with the legal system can cause in an individual’s life. Ms. Sulton’s skill at managing this dynamic has earned her the trust and loyalty of a diverse array of clients, as well as recognition as a “Rising Star” in the bar by Super Lawyers Magazine, the National Law Journal, and the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association.
As an extension of her defense practice, Ms. Sulton lends her voice to the rising call for criminal justice reform at the local and national levels. She writes and speaks extensively on the topic, and promotes her positions to policymakers and the public as an officer in several renowned advocacy groups and criminal defense attorney professional associations. A clerkship with the DC Public Defender Service’s Community Reentry Program informs this work, as does time spent serving appointments to DC Superior Court Criminal Justice Act and Juvenile panels.
Ms. Sulton is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The George Washington University Law School, where she won the prestigious Justice Thurgood Marshall Award, the John F. Evans Award, and the university’s Pro Bono Award. Having demonstrated consistent excellence in applying what she learned in the classroom to her practice, Ms. Sulton has since returned to GW to teach Trial Advocacy to second and third year law students. She is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney for DC Law Students in Court.
Ms. Sulton’s middle name, Amandla, is the Xhosa and Zulu word for “power,” and served as a rallying cry for the apartheid resistance movement in South Africa. Her father and mother – the latter a preeminent U.S. civil rights attorney in her own right – gave her the name as a lifelong reminder that serving justice is as much an obligation as it is a privilege for those in a position to so do. That mandate is the lodestar of her career.