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Patricia Elvira O'Dowda Martin Sheridan

Patricia Elvira O'Dowda Martin Sheridan, American lawyer, educator. Certified teacher; bar: Illinois 1982, United States District Court 1982. Recipient Alumni Association Achievement award, Outstanding Woman Student Leader award, 1981, Corpus Juris Secundum award Northern Illinois University, 1982; Leslie A. Holmes scholar, 1981-1982.


  • Sheridan, Patricia Elvira O'Dowda Martin was born on September 18, 1939 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Harold Arpin and Elvira Eba Ada (Anderson) Martin.

  • Education

    • Student, University Illinois, Chicago, 1957—1959. Bachelor cum laude, Elmhurst (Illinois) College, 1961. Postgraduate, Lewis University College Law, 1978—1979.

      Juris Doctor magna cum laude, Northern Illinois University, 1982.


    • Teacher elementary school, Elmhurst, Illinois, 1961—1964, Glen Ellyn, 1964—1966. Coordinator arts and crafts Elmhurst Park District, 1963. Associate Stephen D. Helm, Naperville, Illinois, 1982—1984.

      Sole practice Glen Ellyn, since 1984. Casenotes and comments editor Northern Illinois University Law Review, 1981.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher; bar: Illinois 1982, United States District Court 1982.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Co-director Valley View Arboretum Civic Association, Glen Ellyn, 1975—1976. Recording secretary Glen Ellyn Republican Women's Club, 1976—1977. Chairman Committee for Round Meadow Park, Glen Ellyn, 1976—1977.

    Co-chairman land and water committee Valley View Arboretum Civic Association, Glen Ellyn, 1976—1978. Member of League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, American Bar Association, Chicago Council Foreign Relations, Naperville Heritage Society, DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Bar Association, Tau Epsilon Rho.


    • Married Robert Bliss Sheridan, March 28, 1964. Children: Jeffrey Bliss, Susanne Elvira O'Dowda, Barbara Jean Arpin.
    • father: Harold Arpin Martin
    • mother: Elvira Eba Ada (Anderson) Martin
    • spouse: Robert Bliss Sheridan
    • children: Jeffrey Bliss Sheridan
    • Susanne Elvira O'Dowda Sheridan
    • Barbara Jean Arpin Sheridan
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    Born September 18, 1939