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Law professor J. Patrick Green taught for 42 years

Patrick GreenJ. Patrick Green, BA ’63, JD’ 65 who taught at the Creighton University School of Law from 1971 until he retired in 2013, died Oct. 3, 2017.
Born in Omaha in 1941, he was the son of James “Jim” Green, a 1939 graduate of the Creighton law school. Green completed his undergraduate and law degrees at Creighton and finished first in his class. He practiced in Omaha; and from 1966 to 1968 he was an attorney with the Federal Power Commission. He joined the law faculty at Creighton in 1971. Green also served as a judge on the Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations from 1974 to 1979. He taught property, torts, remedies, law and medicine, and bioethics during his 42 years at the law school.

Former Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, C. Thomas White, JD ’52, was known to say Green was one of his favorite attorneys to argue with in front of the court because he enjoyed his arguments more than anyone else’s.

G. Michael Fenner, JD, professor of law, says that Green was his mentor. “He had only been at the law school for a year when I came in 1972, but he was my mentor and a friend. I miss him.”

The Rev. Greg O’Meara, SJ, JD, professor of law and Creighton University’s rector, said: “J. Patrick was the greatest raconteur I’ve ever known.” Catherine Brooks, JD, professor of law, said: “This marks the passing of an important intellectual light for the Creighton faculty.”

In 2000, he earned a master of sacred theology degree at Nashotah House. His spiritual interests resulted in presentations at Trinity Cathedral, Beth El Synagogue, Saint Martin of Tours Church, and Saint Barnabas Church in Omaha, and the Creighton Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

His wife Barbara Pearlman Green, taught at Creighton from 1980 until she retired in 2001. His father, Jim, was well known in the Nebraska Democratic Party and helped coordinate Robert F. Kennedy’s Nebraska effort (during his run for the presidency) in 1968. His brother John, also an attorney, served on the Omaha Public Power District board for several years.

The family will receive friends at the John A Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel on Oct. 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 N. 18 St.

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