Patrick Shea (Utah lawyer)
|Born||Patrick A. Shea
February 28, 1948
|Alma mater||Stanford University (B.A.)
University of Oxford (M.A.)
Harvard University (J.D.)
|Spouse(s)||Debbie Kern (1980-present)|
Patrick A. Shea (born February 28, 1948) is a Salt Lake City based lawyer who has taken on many cases related to freedom of the press. He also held office in the United States Department of the Interior.
Shea co-authored with Rodney K. Smith Religion and the Press: Keeping First Amendment Values in Balance, a book which argued that Freedom of the Press had been taken too far in allowing the media to publish unsubstantiated claims that demean religious leaders.
Shea also represented Massachusetts Democratic Party in seeking to gain enough information to exclude Romney from running for governor in Massachusetts. He represented Skip Knowles in his case involving being fired by the Salt Lake Tribune for plagiarism. He represented Steven Greenstreet's defense against Kay Anderson's attempts to revoke Greenstreet's use of an interview with Anderson in a documentary film This Divided State. Shea also was one of the lawyers for Brent Jeffs in his sexual molestation suit against his uncle Warren Jeffs. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and Utah.
Shea received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University. He then was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975. He has taught courses at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Kansas State University, and Westminster College. Since his return to Utah in 2001 Shea has been a member of the University of Utah political science department's faculty. Shea is currently a Fellowship Adviser to Honors Program at Westminster College, Salt Lake City in collaboration with 'The Living Arts Experience: A Seminar in Liberal Ideals'.
Shea became chairman of Utah Democratic Party in 1983 and chaired state presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, and Bill Clinton. he ran for Governor of Utah in 1992 (lost in the primary by a margin of 57% to 43% to Stewart Hanson, who finished third behind Republican winner Mike Leavitt and Independent Merrill Cook in the general election), and was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate against Orrin Hatch in 1994 (lost by 68.8%-28.3%).
In 1997, Shea was appointed as the national director of the Bureau of Land Management. he served as the director of the Bureau of Land Management and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management under President Clinton.
Prior to becoming head of the BLM, Shea was the head of City Creek Canyon Park in Salt Lake City.
Shea is an Irish Catholic.
- Deseret News, February 13, 2001
- Shea biography
- Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources trustees page
- webpage for Patrick A. Shea
- Attorney Profile
- Jarvik, Elaine (April 26, 2003). "Media's treatment of religion targeted". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- Welling, Angie (June 17, 2002). "News reporter must testify". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "S.L. Trib outdoors writer fired". Deseret News. July 24, 2003. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- Decker, Marin (January 25, 2005). "Film footage is disputed". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- Reaves, Joseph A. (August 1, 2004), "Troubles dogging polygamy prophet", Arizona Republic, retrieved 2013-09-10
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Utah