Patricia A. Legge, Esq., LMSW is the Executive Director of Volunteer UP Legal Clinic, a nonprofit that connects clients facing legal barriers to their success with South Jersey attorneys who volunteer to provide high-quality pro bono legal services not otherwise available to make a difference in the lives of those in Camden and its surrounding communities. Prior to becoming a licensed social worker, Patty was a career law clerk in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, serving the federal government for over 22 years. At the same time, she taught law school for 15 years, for the most part as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Rutgers Camden Law, but also as an Inaugural Faculty member at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. She now combines her law and social work licenses to assist those most vulnerable and in need of legal services in Burlington, Camden, & Gloucester Counties.
Patty has been married for 32 years; her husband John leads a nationwide team of project managers for a renewable energy company. Patty and John have three grown children. Kevin is an engineer like his father and is engaged to be married to his high school sweetheart, a RN at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Elisabeth is finishing up her master’s degree in trauma-focused mental health counseling, with the goal of becoming a registered play therapist. Madeleine is a freshman interior design major with a concentration in sustainability.
Through Impact 100 SJ, Patty has been inspired by meeting like-minded women who value empowering each other. She also likes the concept of collective giving to make a significant difference in the community. Patty has been a member of Impact 100 SJ for two years and is on the non-profit outreach committee.
Not surprisingly, Patty Legge’s favorite quote is from Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is – living not for oneself, but for one’s community.”