I took this snap on my way to the American Bar Association Magna Carta 800th year celebration in 2015. We remember the Magna Carta as the first curb on the power of the state in favor of ordinary men. After events in the past 24 hours however, I feel less free than ever. For most … More Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
Hey there Star Trek fans, I know you are into the culture of outer space and prefer to live in the 23rd century as opposed to the 21st, but some of you have taken it too far. No, you can’t use Klingon’s and Vulcan’s in your own show without someone noticing. This week I report … More Copy? Right?
Here is what President Reagan said at the Brandenburg Gate thirty years ago this June about the Berlin wall: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down … More Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall!
The 2016 holiday season gave me the opportunity to exercise paternal prerogative and slow for a moment the comet that is my daughter Rachel. I captured her thoughts and experiences about moving from Washington State to Washington D.C. but went well beyond the dichotomy that two places named the same could be so different. For … More The Rachel J. Patterson Interview
A brief poem by William Ernest Henley, 1849-1903, sums up a fundamental foundation of character; Be the man you can be, rise to the occassion, no matter what the time or the fashion. You will have your dignity. I do not know who he was writing about but history is full of remarkable people who … More I Am the Captain of My Soul
Listen to the Podcast Flying solo one afternoon, I toured the Las Vegas strip in the car we drove from Seattle. To really bring the story home I dropped an audio recorder into the cup holder to ensure I recall the whole event. I post it here as the inaugural podcast for Lawyers Road … More Viva Las Vegas
I have seen this event on television courtroom dramas. The judge holds the lawyer responsible for the conduct of his client when he reacts badly to events in the chamber. In real life the lawyer can’t do anything about how the client reacts. Judges not on television know this, but people also not on television … More Mr Patterson, Control Your Client
On August 30th 2016, the main street of my hometown will be clogged with the candidates entourage, media, secret service and not a few pick up trucks. Donald Trump is coming to Everett. My question is, what does one wear? Judging by the demographics it appears a flannel shirt and ball cap that reads “America … More Trump Rally in My Hometown
What is it about the first eight notes of the lead in music for Star Trek that gives us goosebumps? My former law partner, Lisa Micheli, posted this image she says is of us on my birthday this year. Goosebumps again. The snap was taken during our 18 year mission to explore strange new dimensions … More Everyone Needs A Theme Song
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” John Adams April 15th, 1814. I awoke this morning to find the British have done just that. For a long time I have postulated the American Revolution was a mistake, we would have been … More Democratic Suicide