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In step with Joe Devine

Good lawyers are precise. They multitask. They manage time effectively while focusing on the big picture. Joe Devine ’11 got a head start on building those skills as a member of the iconic Penn State Blue Band. A four-year Blue Band veteran from his undergraduate days at Penn State, he auditioned for the band once again and made it in time to perform during his third year of law school and perform once again before more than 107,282 fans during each home game. 

“Blue Band membership involves a highly competitive audition process. We tend to attract people who are musically talented, highly motivated, and who excel at prioritizing and managing time effectively,” said Blue Band director Dr. Richard Bundy. “I have no doubt Joe will excel as a lawyer.”

Devine says that he “loved” his time as an undergraduate at Penn State and, in part, chose to study at Penn State Law to stay in the community. “Penn State is a second home to me,” he said. “There’s always something to do.”

He has been a musician—and quite a multi-tasker—nearly all of his life. He says he is strongest in clarinet, sax, and bass guitar and that he’s “okay” in other instruments. In addition to his legal studies and Blue Band commitment, he also finds time to organize IM teams for his classmates at Penn State Law, play in the basketball pep band, and work as a part-time auxiliary police officer for the University. 

Law enforcement has always been a part of Devine’s family’s life. His father is a corrections officer, and he grew up with several family members who were a part of the New York Police Department. He remembers always being interested in the criminal justice system.

Devine has spent his last two summers working in a district attorney’s office. He participated in the first year mock trial competition and now serves on the trial advocacy board as a problem writer. His favorite classes are Trial Advocacy I and II, Sports Law, and Criminal Procedure.

“I love making a case, building it, and painting a picture,” said Devine. While he sees himself working as a prosecutor, he is keeping his options open.


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