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

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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.31.15

    * The Supreme Court decided that government-issued GPS trackers violate 4th Amendment. My GPS device is my phone — can we get on protecting that? [Gizmodo]

    * More on the subtle differences between the Indiana RFRA and the post-Hobby Lobby landscape. Specifically, the Indiana Act’s provision on private suits, which are the subject of a circuit split at the federal level. [Washington Post]

    * Professor Jonathan Lipson reviews what ATL’s Converge conference had to say about the future of law. [The Temple 10-Q]

    * The Supreme Court doesn’t want to hear from ever lawyer under the sun on the marriage equality cases. The parties just announced their picks to make the argument. [Lyldennews]

    * Another day, another law student busted for sex with a minor. Maybe crim law needs to move up that age of consent lecture to day 1. [The Columbus Dispatch]

    * Up and coming Supreme Court challenges to Obamacare for everyone still raging against the dying of the light. [Washington Post / The Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Congratulations to Steven J. Harper, who is finally headed home from the hospital after a lengthy stay under apparently Kafka-esque conditions. [The Lawyer Bubble]

    8 Comments / / Mar 31, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • LG Still

    Lawyer Advertising

    Crazy Law Firm Vid Or Action Movie Trailer? You Decide.

    You’ve got to see this over-the-top, wacky law firm ad that looks more like an Ocean’s 11 sequel. Was it intentional or tongue-in-cheek? Who cares! It’s awesome.

    6 Comments / / Mar 30, 2015 at 5:28 PM
  • Mike Huckabee

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.30.15

    * Prospective presidential candidate and perennial president of the Elie Mystal Fan Club Mike Huckabee is proposing term limits for Supreme Court justices. Funny how this became a conservative cause célèbre as soon as the polls suggest they’re looking at 16 years of Democratic presidents. [L.A. Times]

    * Texas firm Cox Smith is merging with Detroit’s Dykema to create Dykema Cox Smith. This should rocket the new firm up the Am Law Top 200, but obviously we’re more excited about the new name. Heh heh. [My San Antonio]

    * Law360 named their top attorneys under 40. I assume all the ATL editors are on the list. I’d check myself, but Law360 is behind a paywall. [Law360 (sub. req.)]

    * Dewey still have partner refugees from a certain law firm’s collapse? [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    * Duane Morris loses its corporate chair. Bad news piling up. [New York Law Journal]

    * Not everyone is Saul Goodman and when it comes to setting up a marijuana business; a lot of lawyers are keeping their distance. [That’s My Argument]

    * Here’s the cute way to announce new licensing terms. [Shutterstock]

    50 Comments / / Mar 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • prostitute prostitution

    Legal Ethics, Prostitution

    Demanding Sex For Legal Services Frowned Upon In Indiana

    A lawyer gets smacked with ethical charges for an “alternative fee structure,” but it’s the cops who come out of this tale looking like creeps.

    15 Comments / / Mar 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • 220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.15

    220px-Antonin_Scalia,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait* That new Justice Scalia play we’ve been talking about is a delightful piece of fiction. And by “fiction,” we mean it portrays Scalia as nuanced and complex as opposed to the right-wing rubber stamp he’s become. [Slate]

    * A glossy firm website doesn’t quite match the reality of Google Street View. [Roll On Friday]

    * Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating. That’s ridiculous enough, but that’s not the end of the sentence. Texas wants to make it illegal for you to tape a cop beating… you. [Lowering The Bar]

    * Court rules that neighbor’s Wifi harmed the plaintiff. I suppose he could have mitigated any damage if he’d worn his tinfoil hat more often. [New Mexico Courts]

    * A fascinating, still updating Twitter feed recounting 5 months in lockup. It’s part of a promotion for a new ebook Life Locked (affiliate link). It’s like Orange Is The New Black with a lot fewer lesbians. [Life Locked]

    * Speaking of prisons, would feeding prisoners to lions really be much worse than the hellholes we currently keep them in? [Redline]

    * The new Miss D.C. U.S.A. is an Oklahoma City University School of Law grad. It’s a J.D. Advantage position. [Washington Post]

    * An essay has surfaced allegedly written by ATL mainstay Kyle Bristow’s soon-to-be ex-wife. She… doesn’t sound happy. [View from 206]

    * Conservatives have some issues with Loretta Lynch, but are they blowing one complaint wildly out of proportion? [WiseLawNY]

    20 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Falling Down

    Crime, Quote of the Day, Uncategorized

    Sometimes You Just Have To Shoot Up A McDonald’s

    A woman is convicted of shooting into a McDonald’s. You’ll never guess why.

    24 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM
  • cold offer

    Biglaw, Public Interest

    Watching Lawyers Freeze To Death For Fun And Cash

    A gaggle of young lawyers slept outside in the snow last week. Want to know why?

    26 Comments / / Mar 27, 2015 at 1:07 PM
  • Jobs questions

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.26.15

    * WMU Cooley Law School wants you to know the legal job market is BOOMING! Never change, Cooley. [Cooley Law School Blog]

    * The NCAA expressed its concerns with Indiana’s new religious discrimination bill. Somehow the NCAA has the moral high ground. Huh. How did that happen? [Washington Post]

    * Judge grants motion to extend time… in verse. [Western District of Texas]

    * Do you love pre-1972 rock? So does satellite radio! Because it’s all about love and rebellion and not paying copyright royalties. [Managing IP]

    * Did this really need to be a CLE? Are we really abusing the “business casual” regime this much? This is why we can’t have nice things. [ABA]

    * Congressperson caught on tape executing the worst parking job ever. Lat’s take on this story: “Guess they don’t teach parking at Yale Law School.” [Roll Call]

    * Picking apart Better Call Saul’s take on RICO. [Foster PC]

    * If you’re looking for a hot tip for your Fantasy SCOTUS league, then scour confirmation hearing transcripts. Because Chief Justice Roberts either gave away his thoughts on the marriage equality cases. Or he coyly misled the Senate, but that never happens. [Slate]

    11 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 4:59 PM
  • ATL-march-madness-RF

    Biglaw, March Madness, Perks / Fringe Benefits

    ATL March Madness Elite Eight: Which Perk Do You Want From Your Firm?

    We move on to the Elite Eight and learn that lawyers want travel more than kids. Which sounds about right.

    8 Comments / / Mar 26, 2015 at 1:48 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.15

    * Dildos and cock rings. Just another day for the Eleventh Circuit down in America’s wang. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Everything you need to know about today’s Alabama redistricting decisions from Professor Rick Hasen. It’s a longer and more nuanced way to say “Pyrrhic victory.” [Election Law Blog]

    * The Supreme Court is way eloquent. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Looks like we already have a real-life example of what happens when white-collar industries adopt new technology. Enjoy unemployment! [Law and More]

    * Another scintillating legal debate coming up next week: do the President’s war powers exceed constitutional authority? [Intelligence Squared]

    * If you’re in Nashville, you can see Lat in person. It’s on April Fool’s Day, so start thinking of how you want to punk him. [Vanderbilt Law]

    * Harvard Law’s Lambda chapter kills its diversity amendment. Guess it was too much to hope a bunch of law students had solved de Tocqueville’s “tyranny of the majority” puzzle. [Harvard Law Record]

    * Another installment in David’s chat with Bloomberg. Lat compares some firms to Ferraris… I’m guessing he doesn’t watch much racing unless he meant to say, “some firms spend massive amounts of money to remain woefully second-rate to Mercedes and Renault.” [Bloomberg BNA / Big Law Business]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoS0wdteBS0

    12 Comments / / Mar 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM
  • Someone actually tried to arm wrestle this woman.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.23.15

    * Chicago Law grad went up to Alaska and challenged an Iditarod musher to an arm wrestling match. That’s when she broke her arm. This decision should trigger an automatic two-spot drop in the U.S. News rankings. [Alaska Dispatch News]

    * An interview with Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, diving into his childhood growing up in a funeral home. From working with one group of stiffs to another. [Hsu Untied]

    * The Howard Shipley saga has come to an end. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Ruh roh. Biglaw partner earns a hearty benchslap for deliberately misleading the court. You can’t do that — save it for the summer associates asking about having a family. [Legal Business]

    * California lawyer Matt McLaughlin continues his Quixotic drive to have the state execute all the gay people. Now we have a pithy name for his proposed amendment: “The Intolerant Jackass Act.” [Slate]

    * David talks to Bloomberg about why Above the Law hurts people’s feelings. It’s more diplomatic than my answer: because they’re soft. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A lawyer testifies to the state legislature about how great a right-to-work law will be… for his bankruptcy practice. Troll hard, my friend. [YouTube]

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

    14 Comments / / Mar 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Red-tailed hawk. Photo by Greg Hume.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.15

    * People are dogging this, but I wholeheartedly approve. Kids need to learn that Republicans will kill any idea no matter how benign while somehow making it about abortion. It’s an important life lesson. [NH1]

    * Sometimes the help of a friend actually makes the situation worse. That’s why I make it my policy not to help. [Science of Relationships]

    * A second suspect picked up in the triple murder involving America’s Next Top Model Mirjana Puhar. Investigators plan to give him a hot mic and wait for him to take a bathroom break. [Gawker]

    * LSAC’s having a big day. After law school applications hit a 15-year low, we get the news that LSAC has changed their licensing agreement to kill LSAT PrepTest PDFs. That’ll help. [LSAT Blog]

    * When you think about it, contract lawyers are living out the white-collar version of the Industrial Revolution. And doing about as well as the first Proletariat did. [Law and More]

    * Someone thinks the country doesn’t have to be run by lawyers. This is a dangerous idea that could take down the empire we’ve all built. Thankfully it’s coming from the Transhumanist Party presidential candidate. So I think we’re safe. [Motherboard / Vice]

    * That’s not how you use Swiss cheese… [Legal Juice]

    * A new podcast discusses religious liberty bills with Professor Marci Hamilton, Verkuli Chair in Public Law at Cardozo. [RJ Court Watch]

    * Another call to do something nice and simple so you aren’t the kind of lawyer people joke about. [What About Clients?]

    * On that note, here’s a cavalcade of lawyer jokes explained. Until things get too real. [LFC360]

    28 Comments / / Mar 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM
  • March Madness LF Above the Law regular

    March Madness, Perks / Fringe Benefits

    ATL March Madness: Which Perk Do You Want From Your Firm?

    Now we vote on the best perks from Corporate America.

    2 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM
  • pink slip LF layoffs

    Layoffs, Litigators

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: Biglaw Firm Lays Off 30+

    Sagging litigation business blamed for another round of layoffs.

    29 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 4:22 PM
  • ATL-march-madness-RF

    March Madness, Perks / Fringe Benefits

    ATL March Madness: Which Perk Do You Want From Your Firm?

    It’s time to start the first round of voting in this year’s March Madness competition.

    17 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM
  • Mitt Romney LF

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.17.15

    * Mitt Romney is going to fight Evander Holyfield. Man, Romney has been beaten by a black guy like that since 2012. Oooh, also, Floyd Mayweather just found his next opponent. [CNN]

    * Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s son was arrested and charged with drug possession yesterday and then blamed the media… somehow. I blame the moral vacuum created when they took down the Ten Commandments. [Al.com]

    * The long-awaited Justice Scalia play is out. It’s like Tony and Tina’s Wedding with more gun control and abortion. [WTOP]

    * Professor Baude has a cute theory how the Obama administration could ignore a negative verdict in King v. Burwell. [New York Times]

    * Not everyone thinks Professor Baude’s hypothetical is a serious option. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Israel has blocked polling in advance of the election to prevent bandwagon voting. Professor Somin evaluates the efficacy of the plan. It probably won’t affect the outcome, but if you thought Republicans threw a hissy-fit over the polls in 2008 and 2012, wait until a candidate they really care about loses. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A nice little maxim (get it?) for the trial lawyer looking to hone their craft. Of course, if you show them a glint of broken glass in the first act, it better be the murder weapon in the second act. [What About Clients?]

    * Speaking of second acts, this profile of former Skadden partner Harriet Posner discusses life after Biglaw. [A Lawyer’s Life]

    17 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court

    Justice Ginsburg Gets Best Shirt Ever For Her Birthday

    Justice Ginsburg is 82! And the E.D.N.Y. got her a little present that screams Brooklyn.

    41 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM
  • Robert Durst

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.16.15

    * Never give up the lie: LAPD swears they caught Robert Durst on their own with no help whatsoever from the extensive six-part documentary. The Ferguson police to the LAPD: Dude, you’ve got a credibility problem. [Gawker]

    * It’s been almost a year since we wrote about a group of UC Davis law students fighting to get a law degree for a Chinese immigrant screwed over by the courts 100 years ago on the grounds that “persons of the Mongolian race” couldn’t be citizens, much less lawyers. On Monday the California Supreme Court agreed with the students. [Los Angeles Times]

    * As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, here’s a reminder (from your pocketbook) not to drink and drive . [Nerdwallet]

    * Faced with an ever-growing justice gap, a jurisdiction basically gives in on requiring a law degree to practice law. Which, depending on your feelings on InfiLaw, has been happening for years. [Washington Post]

    * The Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s announcement of the 2015 Employer of Choice Awards honor companies for demonstrating commitment to and success at creating and maintaining inclusive corporate legal departments. The national home office of SAE is disappointed at the slight. [Corporate Counsel]

    * A roundup of ridiculous laws still on the books. Missouri bans driving with an uncaged bear in your car. Sounds like good advice. [The Reeves Law Group]

    * In addition to speaking with us, John B. Quinn is making the rounds of legal media to discuss Quinn Emanuel’s new marketing program. [Bloomberg BNA/ Big Law Business]

    * Speaking of Quinn Emanuel’s new program, here’s what someone with public relations expertise has to say about it. [Law and More]

    * On Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Lex Machina is hosting a webcast to discuss its Year In Review 2014 Patent Litigation Report. [Lex Machina]

    17 Comments / / Mar 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM