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Jonathan Van Patten

Jonathan Van Patten

Professor Emeritus


  • JD, Law, UCLA, 1973
  • BA, Political Science, UCLA, 1970

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Member, State Bar of California (1973)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Dist. Ct. - C.D. Cal. (1974)
  • Member, State Bar of South Dakota (1986)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Dist. Ct. - South Dakota (1986)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit (1986)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Supreme Court (1991)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Court of Claims (2002)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Court of Appeals - 2nd Circuit (2003)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Dist. Ct. - N.D. Cal. (2010)
  • Admitted to practice, U.S. Court of Appeals - 9th Circuit (2016)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Trial of Breaker Morant, 65 S.D. L. Rev. 104 (2020)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. At the Sturgis Rally: A Story, 64 S.D. L. Rev. 383 (2019)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Thinking About the South Dakota Constitution, Barrister, July/Aug. 2018, at 13..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Twenty-Five Ways to Say No, 63 S.D. L. Rev. 337 (2018)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Trial and Incarceration of Andy Dufresne, 62 S.D. L. Rev. 49 (2017)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Skills for Law Students, 61 S.D. L. Rev. 165 (2016)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Trial of Tom Robinson, 61 S.D. L. Rev. 51 (2016)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. On Editing, 60 S.D. L. Rev. 1 (2015)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Metaphors and Persuasion, 58 S.D. L. Rev. 295 (2013)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Storytelling for Lawyers, 57 S.D. L. Rev. 239 (2012)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Themes and Persuasion, 56 S.D. L. Rev. 256 (2011)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Suing the Prosecutor, 55 S.D. L. Rev. 214 (2010)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Twenty-five Propositions on Writing and Persuasion, 49 S.D. L. Rev. 250 (2004)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Making Sense of Bush v. Gore, 47 S.D. L. Rev. 32 (2002)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Altogether Fitting and Proper, 46 S.D. L. Rev. 670 (2001) (reviewing Harry Jaffa, A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War (2000))..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Lawyer Advertising, Professional Ethics, and the Constitution, 40 S.D. L. Rev. 212 (1995)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Chapter 12 in the Courts, 38 S.D. L. Rev. 52 (1993)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Forgotten Constraint: Bankruptcy Legislation and the Uniformity Clause, 1 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 533 (1992)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Judge Bork and the Quest for Original Intent, 36 S.D. L. Rev. 783 (1991) (reviewing Robert Bork, The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law (1990))..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan, Puetz, Richard D., and . Bankruptcy and Environmental Obligations: The Clash Between Private Relief and Public Policy, 35 S.D. L. Rev. 220 (1990)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Constitution of 1787: A Meditation, 34 S.D. L. Rev. 440 (1989) (reviewing George Anastaplo, The Constitution of 1787 (1989))..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Lender Liability: Changing or Enforcing the Ground Rules?, 33 S.D. L. Rev. 387 (1988)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. "Standin' in the Need of Prayer?": The Supreme Court on James Madison and Religious Liberty, 3 Benchmark 59 (1987)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Partisan Battle Over the Constitution: Meese's Jurisprudence of Original Intention and Brennan's Theory of Contemporary Ratification, 70 Marq. L. Rev. 389 (1987)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law, 2 Benchmark 117 (1986)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Saving the First Amendment, Claremont Rev. of Books, Winter 1985 (reviewing Francis Canavan, Freedom of Expression: Purpose as Limit (1984))..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Enigma of the ERA, 30 S.D. L. Rev. 8 (1984)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. The Limits of Advocacy: A Proposal for the Tort of Malicious Defense in Civil Litigation, 35 Hastings L.J. 891 (1984)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Imperial Judiciary, Claremont Rev. of Books, Oct. 1983, at 17 (reviewing Richard Neely, How Courts Govern America (1983) and Michael J. Perry, The Constitution, The Courts and Human Rights (1984))..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. In the End is the Beginning: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of the Religion Clauses, 27 St. Louis U. L.J. 1 (1983)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Magic, Prophecy and the Law of Treason in Reformation England, 27 Am. J. Legal Hist. 1 (1983)..
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Book Review, 28 S.D. L. Rev. 251 (1982) (reviewing Bernard Siegan, Economic Liberties and the Constitution (1980))..

Awards and Honors:

  • John Wesley Jackson Memorial Award for Outstanding Professor of Law, 1987


  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Presented at the Bad Faith Litigation Section of American Association for Justice Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (July 2007)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Presented at the Federalist Society/American Constitution Society Panel Discussion on November Ballot Initiatives. (October 2006)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Administration of 9/11 Fund for Victims and Their Families. Presented at the Gunderson Lecture Panel with Kenneth Feinberg and Don Frankenfeld. (October 2005)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. 2002-03 Term of SD Supreme Court. Presented at the South Dakota Bar CLE Program. (October 2003)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Review of 2002-03 Term of SD Supreme Court. Presented at the South Dakota Bar. (2003)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Presented at the South Dakota Discovery CLE Program. (2001)
  • Van Patten, Jonathan. Presented at the Lawyer Advertising and Professional Ethics in Perspective on the Profession. (2000)