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Patricia Hirl Longstaff, American lawyer, law educator. Bar: Iowa 1976, Minnesota 1977, United States District Court Minnesota 1977.


Longstaff, Patricia Hirl was born on August 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, United States. Daughter of James E. and Lois E. (Mesecher) H.


Bachelor in Social Science, St. Cloud University, 1973. Master of Arts in Journalism, Juris Doctor, University Iowa, 1976.


Attorney Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, Minneapolis, 1976-1977. Sole practice St. Paul, 1977-1982. Associate general counsel Minneapolis Star and Tribune, 1982-1990.

With communications law department Doherty Rumble and Butler, Minneapolis, since 1990. Adjunct professor William Mitchell College Law, St. Paul, 1982-1987. President Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, Minneapolis, 1986-1988.

Active committee on access to court files Minnesota Supreme Court, St. Paul, since 1986.


  • Bar: Iowa 1976, Minnesota 1977, United States District Court Minnesota 1977.


Member Citizen's League, Minneapolis, since 1981. Volunteer announcer Minnesota Public television, St. Paul, since 1984. Board directors Concepts for Family Living, Minneapolis, 1985-1988, St. Cloud State University Foundation, since 1987, Santa Annonymous, Inc.

Co-founder Minnesota Free Speech Committee, Minneapolis, since 1985. Member Minnesota Bar Association (chairman publications committee 1985-1987), Iowa Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, Society Professional Journalists, Minnesota History Society, American Arbitration Association.


  • Other Interests

    Writer (short stories and poetry), nature, photography.


Married Elliot C. Rothenberg, August 7, 1978 (divorced February 1981). Married James F. Longstaff, June 19, 1987.

James E. H.

Lois E. (Mesecher) H.

Elliot C. Rothenberg

James F. Longstaff