Patricia Nassif Acton

Clinical Professor of Law Emerita

Professor Acton joined the Iowa law faculty in 1981. Before doing so, she practiced law for several years at Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She also has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida School of Law. For a number of years while at Iowa Professor Acton served as the on-site director of the London Law Consortium, a study abroad program for students from seven American law schools. When in London, she taught Arts and Entertainment Law from a comparative perspective. She has also regularly taught the British Legal Methods Clinical Program.

Practice and Teaching:

At Iowa, she has taught Clinical Law, Commercial Transactions, Arts & Entertainment Law, Trusts and Estates, and the Legal History of Iowa.


She is a member of the Iowa and American Bar Associations.


Professor Acton is the author of numerous books and articles, including (with Selz, Simensky, and Lind) the multi-volume Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices, and (with Richard, Lord Acton) To Go Free: A Treasury of Iowa's Legal Heritage (Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, 1996, State Historical Society of Iowa).


  • BA, University of Iowa, 1971
  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 1974