Joe Patrice

Joe Patrice joined Above the Law in 2013. Joe received a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law. From 2001, he worked as a litigator for both Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Lankler Siffert & Wohl, representing a variety of individuals, institutions, and foreign sovereigns in criminal and civil matters. Joe left legal practice in 2012 to pursue writing, contributing to numerous publications, including ATL, before joining the full-time staff.

Posts by Joe Patrice

  • student loan debt law school loans

    Law Schools

    Law School Cuts Graduation Events To Protect Profits

    Giving graduates the cold shoulder may spell the beginning of the end for this school.

    21 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.15

    * Hillary Clinton’s email practices while Secretary of State “not acceptable.” She promises not to do it while she’s in the White House. [Politico]

    * What does a test prep professional have to say about New York adopting the Uniform Bar Exam? [Kaplan Bar Prep]

    * Going to school in the Midwest? Here’s a ranking of the 42 Midwest law schools based on employment after graduation. [ChicagoInno]

    * The defendant who assaulted his lawyer — while on trial for assaulting his previous lawyer — is relieved after the court declared a mistrial. [ABA Journal]

    * Whether you dress up or dress down, remember to talk to people like people if you want to be a good lawyer. [Katz Justice]

    * Which occupation suffers from the most drug use/abuse? It’s not lawyers!!!! [Treatment4Addiction]

    * ATL regulars Jeena Cho and Keith Lee discuss the aftermath of her recent article in this publication and along with it “professionalism in law, constructive vs. destructive criticism, sexism and racism in law.” [The Anxious Lawyer / Resilient Lawyer Podcast]

    * We’ve talked about the David Messerschmitt case and the phenomenon of double lives. Fundamentally all of us maintain one on at least some level. [Law and More]

    65 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • This sort of looks like a cross.

    Gay, Technology

    Important Practice Pointers For Homophobic Pro Se Litigants

    If you sue all the homosexuals, how exactly do you effect service?

    11 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM
  • 1Ls aren't taking this well.

    Law Schools, Technology

    Law School Exam Website Crashes During Finals

    Let the freakout commence as a law school loses the Internet during a web-based final exam.

    28 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM
  • Nebraska

    Gay, Religion

    God Sues Homosexuals In Nebraska. God Has Terrible Grammar.

    A pro se litigant pens a 7-page handwritten complaint against gay folks everywhere for being, you know, sinful.

    57 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 9:24 AM
  • via Flickr user Roger Alcantara

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.05.15

    * Manny Pacquiao is headed to court after a pair of Nevada fans sued him for failing to disclose his torn rotator cuff before entering the ring. They feel this was dishonest, but Manny is a politician, so… [Bloomberg Business]

    * Trial of man who knocked out his lawyer delayed after he… attacked his new lawyer. [Post Star]

    * What are the lyrics to “Louie, Louie”? It’s a question that stumped our “top men” back in the day. [The Legal Satyricon]

    * Tort reform advocates talk a big game, but the harms they try to cure are mostly non-existent. [LFC 360]

    * Could this be another Indiana lawyer behaving badly? [Indianapolis Star]

    * Lat will be chatting about his unusual career path — in case you hadn’t heard, he has a book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link) — in Denver on May 13. [Federalist Society]

    * Speaking of Colorado, a prisoner there serving a life sentence wrote Above the Law the other day explaining that his pro bono lawyer had died and asking us for legal help. We don’t do that kind of work, but if you’re an interested criminal defense lawyer in Colorado, let us know.

    / May 5, 2015 at 5:31 PM
  • resume 2

    Biglaw, Law Schools

    What Font Should You Use For Your Résumé? Apparently This Matters To People.

    The latest style issue that has mainstream media in a tizzy: what font you should use on your résumé. But do these tips really apply to lawyers?

    16 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM
  • Law Revue 2014

    Law Revue

    Law Revue Video Contest 2015: Honorable Mentions

    They may not have made the Finals, but these Law Revue videos were a cut above.

    24 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 5:24 PM
  • Rabbit_in_montana

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.04.15

    * DEA Agent thinks legalized pot will get rabbits high. Do you know how quickly they reproduce? This could lead to a terrifying Dorito’s shortage. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Facebook lands a guy in prison after he “Likes” his own Wanted poster. [Jonathan Turley]

    * The billable hour is a recipe for law firm failure. [The Legal Intelligencer]

    * Dov Charney really really wants to get back control of American Apparel. Guy can’t seem to take no for an answer. In any event, his legal maneuvers may have set the stage for the intentional death of the company. [Dealbreaker]

    * In honor of Star Wars Day, here are lessons lawyers can learn from Star Wars. Don’t go Jar Jar. [The Nutmeg Lawyer]

    * The $140 million suit brought against Proskauer Rose by the Johnson & Johnson heirs will go forward. So… more tears for Proskauer. [Reuters]

    * Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Brooklyn spin class turns into a celebration. [Wall Street Journal / Metropolis]

    10 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • Goldman Sachs

    Crime, Technology

    Stupid Prosecution Devolves Into Jury Room Food Fight

    Sergey Aleynikov gets a verdict after a missing slice of avocado, a blood test, and a food poisoning conspiracy theory nearly trigger a mistrial.

    23 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM
  • TexasFlag

    Non-Sequiturs, Uncategorized

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.15

    * If you think the federal government is preparing a military takeover of Texas… you might be a redneck. And you might also be Governor Greg Abbott. [Forbes]

    * Elie says it’s time to end the expansive powers of arrest, for the good of everyone. [New York Daily News]

    * Most of the 2016 presidential hopefuls are breaking the law. It’s good practice for if they win. [LFC 360]

    * Not to dismiss the important point made in this article about substandard housing and the dangers of lead paint, but I think there may be other lessons to learn from Freddie Gray. [Washington Post]

    * Satanic Temples are taking this RFRA thing and running with it. [Jezebel]

    * Over in the EU, Louis Vuitton failed to win back the trademark it claims on its checkerboard pattern. [Fashionista]

    * I’ve not read this yet, but here’s a collection of Legal Notices To Superheroes. Per the description, “A Letter to Superman from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services” has a lot of promise. [Amazon (affiliate link)]

    * And remember to vote for the winner of the 2015 ATL Law Revue contest. Voting concludes Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. [Above the Law]

    13 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • school of law

    Law Professors, Law Schools

    ‘Everyone Should Go To Law School’ Poster Child Goes Full Tilt

    When you think about it, the idea that students should uncritically go to law school is a classic poker bluff. And when someone calls your bluff it can make you crazy.

    32 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM
  • Law Revue 2014

    Law Schools

    Law Revue Video Contest 2015: Dishonorable Mentions

    Were these submissions the worst of the worst?

    48 Comments / / Apr 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM
  • Wire

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.15

    * David Simon, the creator of The Wire, weighs in on Baltimore. He points blame at a police force rooted in “a culture that taught them not the hard job of policing, but simply how to roam the city, jack everyone up, and call for the wagon.” F**k. [Talking Points Memo]

    * In Colorado, marriage is defined as one man and… well, that’s all you need actually. [Business Insider Law & Order]

    * No sooner did I tweet Chief Justice Roberts for his cynical inconsistencies than Brianne Gorod offers a more charitable theory about the jurist. [New Republic]

    * Hull takes a stab at explaining his problem with the parlance of email. [What About Clients?]

    * A fly on the wall at the post-Obergefell chambers conference. [Law Prof Blawg]

    * Professor Hasen examines Williams-Yulee. [Election Law Blog]

    * Another reality TV legal run-in: the restaurant from “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” settles a discrimination suit over an employee claiming she was fired for refusing to join a prayer session. I think the important question here is: there’s really a show called “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”? [Missouri Lawyers Weekly]

    * Did you follow that child custody hearing over letting an 11-year-old attend a P!nk (is this how we write that now?) concert? Because it was crazypants. [Bronzino Law]

    * Could the Uber class action suit spell relief for contract attorneys? [Law and More]

    * Ballard Spahr’s Chair Mark Stewart talks about the competition between law firms and the distribution of… oh, face it, you just want to hear him talk about hiring Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon as an associate. [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzXBlzvxuMs

    2 Comments / / Apr 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM
  • angry handcuffs

    Benchslaps

    These Guys Ticked Off The Wrong Bankruptcy Judge

    He tried to be a patient man. And then they pushed him too far.

    34 Comments / / Apr 30, 2015 at 3:46 PM
  • Hillary Clinton portrait

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.15

    * Hillary Clinton vows to end the era of mass incarceration. Just one of many things Bill Clinton left his mark on that she wishes you’d forget. [Huffington Post]

    * Protesters arrested on Monday in Baltimore weren’t even charged until today and are being held functionally without bail. Because at this point the most important industry in Baltimore is “being the setting of The Wire: The Ride.” [Gawker]

    * It’s cute when non-lawyers find out there was a person named “Learned Hand.” [io9]

    * At 10:00am tomorrow, the Constitutional Accountability Center is live-streaming a panel, “Home Stretch at the Supreme Court.” Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog is moderating and panelists include Yaakov Roth of Jones Day, Elizabeth Wydra Chief Counsel of CAC, and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block, who incidentally argued Lawrence v. Texas. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * New York Law School has a beautiful building and have been renting out space to Rochester’s Business School to make a quick buck on the side. Now they’re going to offer joint programs with the business school, maybe their grads can find jobs in other fields. [Crain’s]

    * Chief Justice Roberts doubted the marriage equality arguments, instead championing the importance of letting legislatures decide. Like, if the Senate passes a law unanimously we should respect that intent, right? Derp. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From Amanda Devereux: 13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer. [Cosmopolitan]

    * Everything you need to know about videotaping the police. [Concurring Opinions]

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • internet typewriter

    Law Schools

    Law School Braces For Finals With No Internet

    A hacker attack has jeopardized connectivity at the law school and people are freaking out.

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM
  • Meredith-Grey-meredith-grey-8502076-552-427

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.28.15

    * Trying Meredith Grey for wrongful death. Can we put her on How To Get Away With Murder and then have Hydra massacre them all in an all-purging ABC Network fire? [Lowenthal & Abrams]

    * If the Supreme Court dismisses a case as improvidently granted, it’s a DIG. If they did it in the past, was it DUG? Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick ponders the linguistics that we’d never ever have considered. And that probably bodes well for us. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Did you hear about that two-way mirror that a bar installed to watch the women’s room? Police say no privacy rights were implicated, because apparently women understand that the bathroom door was unlocked so they expected guys to walk in on them. Stellar legal analysis. [Jezebel]

    * NYC moves into the 20th Century with its summons process. No, that’s not a typo and yes, that’s still a good thing. [LFC 360]

    * It’s important to remember that the revelation that David Messerschmitt may have led a double life doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen all the time. And we’re not talking about a Matt Murdock-style double life here, which doesn’t happen much. [Law and More]

    * Nice shout out to Lexis-Nexis Blog for getting into the content production game. [Forbes]

    * In the post-Jenner announcement world, here’s what employers can do to help transgender employees. A good start would be “don’t be Saks.” [LXBN]

    * Interviewing people waiting in line for Supreme Court oral arguments and lamenting how much of their day is wasted because we can’t have a goddamned camera in the room. [Fix the Court]

    13 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM