Council Member Patrick Paschall is a fierce advocate for civil rights and a progressive voice for hard-working families in Maryland. Raised by a low-income single mother and the first in his family to attend college (and later law school), Patrick knows first-hand the many barriers that struggling families face, from housing and healthcare to employment and education.
As a civil rights attorney, Patrick works tirelessly to eliminate cultural and structural barriers that marginalized populations face in today’s world. In his professional career, Patrick is the Executive Director at FreeState Legal Project, Maryland’s legal advocacy organization for the low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Prior to leading FreeState Legal, Patrick was a Senior Policy Counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force where he advocated for policy change in federal administrative agencies and at the White House on issues that impact the lives of LGBTQ people. In his career, Patrick has worked on a broad array of progressive policy issues, such as health care policy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, housing and homelessness issues, employment discrimination, veteran issues, non-discrimination policies, prison and detention policy, voter protection, immigration, reproductive justice, racial justice, women’s rights, and disability rights.
Patrick was incredibly proud to write, introduce, and ulitmately pass the first non-discrimination law in Hyattsvillle, the Hyattsville Human Rights Act, in 2013. This historic legislation made Hyattsville the first city in Prince George’s County, and the first small jurisdiction in Maryland, to pass explicitly transgender-inclusive non-discrimination protections.
In addition, Patrick led the effort to make Hyattsville the second jurisdiction in the United States to lower the voting age in municipal elections to 16, a measure which passed in 2015.
Patrick is a first generation college graduate who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History and a Certificate in European Union Politics from Texas A&M University. He then became the first attorney in his family when he attended Hofstra University School of Law in Long Island, NY, where he was awarded the first-ever Award for Excellence in Government Law Courses. While in law school, Patrick was awarded a coveted spot in the prestigious LGBT Rights Fellowship – the only legal education program in the country designed to build the next generation of attorneys working on cutting edge LGBT legal issues.
Patrick is a former Ethics Commissioner in Hyattsville and currently serves as Council Liaison to the Ethics Commission. In addition, Patrick is a member of the Hyattsville Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, a co-founder and former Steering Committee Member of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington (TransLAW, www.translawdc.org), and an attorney-volunteer at Whitman Walker Health’s Name and Gender Change Clinic in Washington, DC. Patrick is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network, and serves as the Maryland State Director of the YEO Network.
Patrick is a proud member and Union Delegate for Service Employees International Union, local 1199, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.
In his free time, Patrick loves spending time with his wife and young child, and enjoys the outdoors, including camping, running triathlon, hiking, and working on his house and yard.