Joe Patrice

Joe Patrice

Host of Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer

Joe Patrice is an Editor at Above the Law. For over a decade, he practiced as a litigator at both Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Lankler Siffert & Wohl, representing a variety of individuals, institutions, and foreign sovereigns in criminal and civil matters. Then Joe left private practice to concentrate on making snide remarks about other lawyers which is at least as fulfilling as motion practice.

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Recent Episodes
February 1, 2023

The Justices Are One Big, Happy Family, Says Justice No One Likes

Also, some salty law school talk.

January 25, 2023

Supreme Court Leaves Nine Stones Unturned

And what's going on with the legal market right now?

January 18, 2023

Maternity Leave Scandal A Reminder That Lawyers Still Don’t Understand ‘Benefits’

Also, Joe Biden's documents elicit special counsel attention.

January 11, 2023

Layoffs & Mergers Highlight A Bumpy Year Ahead

It’s only the beginning.

January 4, 2023

Biglaw Closes Out The Year With Some Shenanigans

Always waiting until the last minute.

December 28, 2022

2022 Legal Year In Review

Looking back at the good... and mostly bad.

December 21, 2022

Biglaw Firm Seeks Its Pound Of Bar Prep Flesh

It's all about optics.

December 14, 2022

Dickensian Law Firms

Also the country may have dodged a constitutional bullet.

December 7, 2022

Sam Alito Successfully Deploys The Shaggy Defense

But they caught me with some contemporaneous third-party emails?

November 30, 2022

To Test Or Not To Test

ABA poised to eliminate standardized testing requirement... but should it?

November 23, 2022

Driving A Stake Through U.S. News

Also, bonus season begins!

November 16, 2022

Game Of Owns: The 2022 FedSoc Convention

Annual gathering aims to silence woke heretics... misses spectacularly.

November 9, 2022

The Drumbeat Of Layoffs Getting Louder

It's not 2009 all over again, but it's not great.

November 2, 2022

Ye’s New Single Should Be “Biglaw Walks”

Also, hybrid work models show strain.

October 19, 2022

Bar Exam Cheating Tale Almost Too Stupid To Believe

Also lawyers don't make enough money... maybe.

October 13, 2022

Clio Conversations

Joe went to a conference... here's what went down.

October 11, 2022

Clio Cloud 2022: How to Use PR to Build Your Law Firm’s Brand

Even small firms can use PR to their advantage. Joe Patrice talks with Pamela Smith about her packed session at ClioCon to learn more about PR strategies for firms of any size....

October 5, 2022

It’s Not A Lie If You Believe It.

But it might make you a sociopath.

September 28, 2022

Playing Stupid Games

Receive The Appropriate Prizes.

September 21, 2022

Dueling Speeches Spice Up Supreme Court Offseason

And we speak of mermaids and copyrights.

September 14, 2022

Law School Reform Gets Some Unlikely Support

Also, judges need to get their act together.

September 7, 2022

Telling My Grandkids Judge Aileen Cannon Was Just Andy Kaufman Doing A Bit

See, it was an elaborate art piece to demonstrate the futility of law.

August 31, 2022

Trump Judge’s Crim Pro Choose Your Own Adventure

Um... 28 U.S.C. Section... Why Not?

August 24, 2022

Humanitarian Crises Strike The Legal Profession

We didn't plan to get this deep into the feels, but here we are.

August 17, 2022

Trump’s Legal Braintrust May Need To Take Remedial Crim Pro

The FBI’s search of Trump’s residence has brought on a whole lot of caterwauling on cable news and social media from lawyers and law professors in Trump’s orbit. Yet no one seems...

August 10, 2022

Punitive Damages Cap In Alex Jones Case Is The Ultimate Jury Nullification

Alex Jones is not going to be paying anything near what the jury determined.

August 3, 2022

Bar Exam Working To Prove Its Own Irrelevancy

This podcast must vest, if at all, within 21 years...

July 27, 2022

Don’t Do What This Lawyer Did

Mistakes were made.

July 20, 2022

Maybe Elon Musk Shouldn’t Have Waived All Those Protections?

Due diligence is your friend, Elon. Twitter has sued Elon Musk for walking away from his plans to purchase the company and it’s hard to see how Musk gets out of this...

July 13, 2022

Doth Protest Too Much? Not According To The Supreme Court

Plus Texas targets Biglaw.

July 6, 2022

Hearsay Schmearsay

January 6 hearings invite a more hearsay mistakes than the bar exam.

June 29, 2022

Supreme Court Isn’t Even Trying Anymore

Constitutional law is more of a vibe now. Well there’s not much to talk about in the legal world besides the Supreme Court so… let’s do that. The Court ruled that state...

June 22, 2022

The Supreme Court Has A Little Chatterbox

Starting to notice a pattern?

June 15, 2022

Law School Rankings Show Which Schools Offer Best Deal

Also, people don't want to go back to the office. At all.

June 8, 2022

Preparing For The Bar Exam — The Last Test You’ll Ever Take (Rebroadcast)

The bar exam is a daunting obstacle, but it doesn't have to be.

June 1, 2022

The Podigal Son Returns: Elie Mystal Talks About The Supreme Court

Original Thinking Like A Lawyer co-host Elie Mystal makes a guest appearance.

May 25, 2022

Once Again The Epicenter Of All Drama

Yale. Again.

May 18, 2022

Texas Social Media Law DEMANDS That You Listen To This Episode

And the 5th Circuit approves.

May 11, 2022

Supreme Court Unveils New Doctrine Of ‘Stare 5-Voticus’

Dobbs leak dominates news.

May 4, 2022

Guess What Happened After We Recorded This Podcast?

Listen to this like a time capsule...

April 27, 2022

A Wild Week Of Law News

So many stories.

April 20, 2022

At What Point Are You Just Giving Bad People The Attention They Crave?

They'll never learn, but that doesn't mean the public doesn't need to know.

April 14, 2022

The Civic Duty Of Lawyers To Speak Out When The Supreme Court Dupes The Public

Check out the stellar transitions in this one!

April 6, 2022

Law School Rankings And The Grain Of Salt You Need

There's a value in rankings... just don't overdo it.

March 30, 2022

Your First Amendment Right To Sit Quietly And Not Say Anything

Yale made headlines as media tries to turn by-the-book protest into controversy.

March 23, 2022

Biglaw Firms Learning The Hard Way That Some Billables Just Aren’t Worth It

And how far can you stretch this for a party?

March 16, 2022

A Journey Of (e)Discovery

It's been a while since we've gathered for a trade show... and then we had two.

March 9, 2022

The Least Interesting Thing About Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Her LSAT Score

Cravath proved they’re still the Biglaw compensation leader by coming over the top of Davis Polk’s raises. Now the question is — who will follow them? Which lawyers are still working for...

March 5, 2022

ABA TECHSHOW 2022: What Legal Can Learn from Other Industries

Jack Newton and Kimberly Bennett chat about improving law firm businesses by analyzing innovations in adjacent realms of industry.

March 5, 2022

ABA TECHSHOW 2022: Modernizing Court Technology with Judge Scott Schlegel

Judge Scott Schlegel shares essential technology tips for facilitating virtual court.