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Thinking Like A Lawyer is a podcast featuring Above the Law's Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubino. Each episode, the hosts will take a topic experienced and enjoyed by regular people, and shine it through the prism of a legal framework. This will either reveal an awesome rainbow of thought, or a disorienting kaleidoscope of issues. Either way, it should be fun.

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Thinking Like A Lawyer is a podcast featuring Above the Law's Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubino. Each episode, the hosts will take a topic experienced and enjoyed by regular people, and shine it through the prism of a legal framework. This will either reveal an awesome rainbow of thought, or a disorienting kaleidoscope of issues. Either way, it should be fun.

    Stupid Or Wrong?: The Neil Gorsuch Conundrum

    Stupid Or Wrong?: The Neil Gorsuch Conundrum

    Elie Mystal rejoins the Thinking Like A Lawyer crew to reflect on how Neil Gorsuch chose stupid over wrong and the bizarre fixation his acolytes have on doubling down in his defense. Justice Gorsuch asked the government why COVID amounted to an emergency when the flu kills a comparable number of people. The thing is, it doesn't. But rather than be wrong, Gorsuch contends he said something else... that makes no sense and, if true, makes him look stupid. Quite the quandary!

    • 36 min
    Anti-Vaxxer Law -- The Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel

    Anti-Vaxxer Law -- The Last Refuge Of The Scoundrel

    Yale Law School's Jed Rubenfeld isn't letting his suspension following a sexual harassment investigation slow down his quest for the spotlight. And while media outlets don't need to invite the scrutiny by inviting a suspended professor to talk about run-of-the-mill legal takes, the Wall Street Journal is ready to roll out the red carpet for anyone willing to provide spicy "vaccines are socialism" takes! Pairing with an award-winning virologist also at the nadir of his professional standing, Rubenfeld explains how omicron means vaccine mandates are unconstitutional... or something. We also talk about the wrong way to handle a holiday party -- don't slap guests! -- and how the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict may fall apart over jury selection.
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

    • 30 min
    The John Roberts Webinar Of Power

    The John Roberts Webinar Of Power

    The Chief Justice released his year-end report on the federal judiciary and informed us that everything is fine and there's nothing to see there. While multiple issues threaten the legitimacy of the courts, Roberts assured the country that he's got some webinars that can solve everything from sexual harassment to market manipulation. Alan Dershowitz also closed off 2021 with not one, but two embarrassing TV appearances as he struggles to maintain relevance. Welcome to 2022!
     
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

    • 32 min
    The 2021 Year End Spectacular

    The 2021 Year End Spectacular

    We've made it through another year. Well, almost. We probably shouldn't start counting our bats and pangolins before they've hatched. Joe and Kathryn look back at the wild ride of 2021 and make some predictions about what 2022 holds. Also... it's that time of year to send in your Lawyer of the Year nominations.
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

    • 30 min
    Judge Gets Testy... Becomes Former Judge

    Judge Gets Testy... Becomes Former Judge

    As the year winds down, folks seem a little extra agitated. A judge called her colleagues names and got booted from the bench. A partner bailed on his firm rather than get the scientifically proven vaccine. Meanwhile the legal press jumped on news of another round of salary raises as an extra dose of year-end drama that didn't actually happen. 2021 is bad enough, folks... don't try to make it any extra.
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

    • 27 min
    Incredibly Insecure Biglaw Firms

    Incredibly Insecure Biglaw Firms

    Last week, a handful of Biglaw firms contacted Above the Law trying to rewrite their whole firm image. International firms still headquartered overseas trying to rebrand as American and firms historically embraced as for growing up outside the NYC white-shoe culture wanted to be portrayed as Knickerbocker blue bloods. Who thinks this will work? Also, we discuss Latham's holiday party COVID debacle and have an extended discussion of the canons of statutory interpretation and the Formula 1 season finale that could end up in an international court.
    Special thanks to our sponsors, Lexicon and Nota.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
316 Ratings

316 Ratings

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Maybe align your convo with the actual concept

The concept of chatting about pop culture through the lens of a lawyer is AMAZING. Too bad the actual podcast does not actual deliver as described; Host Joe Patrice himself summarizes the podcast content as big law, law news, and law school content, and not pop culture discussion through the thought process of a lawyer (1). I tune in each week hoping you’ll actually do what you say you will because it would be of higher value, completely unique, and EPIC. Replace your current co-host, she just does not jive with Joe well, at all. Last, love your site!

(1) Patrice, J. Episode Oct 13 2020, 7:45 min. Thinking Like a Lawyer Podcast. Above the Law.

Top gear bugatti ,

Politics not Law

The description of this podcast is that it goes over legal ideas and legal ramifications of whatever given situation. This isn’t true. It is just three people, who are very left leaning, which is not a bad thing, discussing their political points of view. I can get my lefty content from any corner of the internet. There is more than anyone could want. I don’t need another leftist podcast, i wanted to hear legal topics being discussed and to be done so efficiently. They waste your time on this podcast and just give out opinions, not legal analysis. It’s a waste of time. They hosts are also very annoying, but that is a personal opinion. Objectively, they do not deliver what they propose to.

OhioSean ,

“Smug”

Like a less-refined Bill Mahrer: smug political commentators misrepresent and attack people and ideas they don’t like. At least Bill occasionally invited a lone dissenting voice.

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