Patricia Cain is the Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law. Before joining the SCU faculty in 2007, she served as Vice Provost and Aliber Family Chair in Law at the University of Iowa. She was a member of the faculty the University of Texas for 17 years before moving to the University of Iowa College of Law in 1991. A member of the American Law Institute and prior board member of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, she is a former President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and is currently serving as Treasurer of SALT. She is a frequent lecturer on tax planning for same sex couples and has participated in recent programs at The Williams Institute, UCLA (Los Angeles), Lavender Law (San Francisco), Kasner Estate Planning Symposium (San Jose), the Santa Clara Estate Planning Council (Santa Clara), Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Group (Sacramento), and ALI-ABA (national webcast). She has published numerous articles on tax planning for same sex couples and is the author of several books, including Rainbow Rights: The Role of Lawyers and Courts In the Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights Movement (Westview Press 2000); and Sexuality Law, 2nd edition (with Arthur S. Leonard) (Carolina Academic Press 2009). She received her A.B. degree from Vassar College and her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia.