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Patrick’s Day

Posted by Library Blog on 03/11/2016 at 09:43 AM

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to highlight some notable Patrick’s (and Patricia’s) in American Legal History. If you think we missed a noteworthy Patrick, or two, feel free to email the Legal Beagle at lawlibraryhelp@rwu and we can consider him (or her) for next year’s blog.

Patricia Hearst:

If the FBI considers your kidnapping case to be one of the most famous in U.S. history then you should definitely be on this list. For more information about the Patty Hearst kidnapping and trial, including a transcript of excerpts from the defense’s closing argument by F. Lee Bailey, see Douglas O. Linder’s Famous Trials website.

Patrick Henry:

Despite being a founding father, an attorney, and the governor of Virginia (twice!), Patrick Henry is probably best known as having said “Give me liberty, or give me death!” If you want to read more about him, his career and his public stance against the Constitution, you can find an 1898 biography of him in the Legal Classics Library in HeinOnline.

Patricia Cornwell:

Patricia Cornwell is not a lawyer. However, she is a very famous American crime novelist who lives in Boston and who has sold over 100 million books. Cornwell’s most famous character is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Patricia’s novels center primarily on a medical examiner in Virginia, Kay Scarpetta. Some of Cornwell’s Scarpetta books can be found in the University Library’s Best Sellers Collection.

Deval Patrick:

Deval Patrick was the first black governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to his state executive branch career, he also had a career as the assistant attorney general for civil rights. The broadcast of his confirmation hearing can be found on the C-SPAN website for your review. Lucky for us, this famous Patrick/Patricia even has a Twitter account.

Patrick Fitzgerald:

According to the Chicago Tribune, Patrick “Fitzgerald served as U.S. attorney in Chicago for 11 years, during which time he oversaw the prosecutions of two former Illinois governors, Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan.” However, Fitzgerald may be most well-known for leading the investigation of the Valerie Plame matter and trying the case of U.S. v. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. An interview with Attorney Fitzgerald on the Chicago Bar Association’s show Law and Justice Weekly can be found on YouTube.

Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris. Provided by the U.S. State Department.Not only was Patricia Roberts Harris an attorney, but she was the first African American woman to be chosen as a United States envoy, the first African American woman to become a Cabinet Secretary, and the first African American woman to be in the line of succession to the Presidency. She was also the only woman to have headed three federal departments. To read more on her historic career, see Volume 29, Issue 3 of the Howard Law Journal on HeinOnline.