Richard Pate, Esq.

Richard L. Pate, Esq.

Assistant Professor

Richard Pate, Esq., has taught law related classes at Sacred Heart University for over 15 years. Mr. Pate is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, the United States District Court of Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Supreme Court. The matters he handles as a practicing attorney are directly correlated to the subjects he teaches at the University, offering students a “real life” look at legal issues.  His focus is on human resource law; he represents employees in race, color, gender, religion, age, military status and disability discrimination actions before state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies.  Selected litigation includes the following:

  • Hart v. Family Dental Group, 645 F.3d 561(2nd Cir. 2011) cert. denied 132 S.Ct.763 (2011).  Represented employee in action based on discrimination due to military status.

  • Marinella v. Town of Darien, 2010 WL 3123298 (D.Conn. 2010). Represented widow of former employee of town in action based on violation of procedural due process under the U.S. Constitution in connection with widow survivor benefits.
  • Thiebault  v. Scap Motors, Inc. ,2006 WL 236767 (D. Conn. 2006).  Represented employee in action based on retaliation for whistleblower speech.

  • Parker v. Ginsburg Development CT, LLC, 85 Conn. App. 777 (2004).  Represented employee in action based on language rebutting employee at will status.
  • Vogel v. American Kiosk Management, 371 F. Supp. 2d 122 (2005).  Represented employee in action based on discrimination due to sexual orientation and overtime manager misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Deguzman v. Kramer, 2005 WL 2030447 (D. Conn. 2005).  Represented employee in action based on religious discrimination by town employer.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bridgeport
    • Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law

Teaching Responsibilities

    BU231, BU232, BU234, BU614, BU397

Research Interests & Grants

    • Working Paper:  Pate R. L. (in preparation).  Article 18 of Italian Employment Law:  Monti’s New Proposals. Submission anticipated in May 2013. 

Publications and Presentations

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Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Martire Center W328
    Jack Welch College of Business
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