Patrick is a lawyer. At Messiah he was particularly interested in theory and the helping professions. He spent a semester in both Ecuador and Philly. In Ecuador his host father was a lawyer who did civil rights work. In Philly he met a few legal aid attorneys who showed him that low income people can move mountains with a good lawyer.
He graduated from Temple University with a law degree. Upon graduation he worked for Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, a federal judge in Harrisburg. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked as a legal aid lawyer for MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit law office which serves low income persons and victims of domestic violence. In 2009 he returned to the judge's staff where he is a senior law clerk. Currently, Patrick is a legal aid laywer and works for the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project.
He says, "My sociology degree has been foundational in each of the jobs I have held. It was the beginning of my training to think critically. From providing an understanding of the structural problems plaguing the poor to comprehending that law is a system unto itself, the theories of Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Berger have stayed with me. I am forever grateful that I chose to be a sociology major at Messiah College."