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Ninth Circuit CourthouseYou are cordially invited to a literary event taking place on Sunday, April 19, at the historic Richard H. Chambers Courthouse in Pasadena, the setting for Supreme Ambitions.

The magnificent grounds and building, including the chambers of several judges, will be open for touring starting at 11 a.m. In the afternoon, two very interesting panels will take place — and CLE credit will be available. Refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge (except for a $20 registration fee, payable in cash, for attendees seeking CLE credit).

For details and to RSVP, please see below (or click here). I look forward to seeing you on April 19 in Pasadena!

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Yale-Law-School-Room-127I consider Supreme Ambitions to be a “commercial” rather than “literary” novel, and I wanted it to be a fun, quick read. It seems that the average reader finishes it in about two days, which I take as a sign of success.

At the same time, I do believe Supreme Ambitions is a book of some substance. It explores important themes, including ambition, prestige, various “isms” in the legal profession (including sexism and elitism), law versus politics, and ethics.

In fact, the main ethical dilemma in the book has actually given rise to an interesting debate between two legal academics: Peter Conti-Brown, a fellow at Stanford Law School and future professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Will Baude, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

You can read Conti-Brown’s and Baude’s pieces via the links below. Please note: they do (by necessity) contain plot spoilers, so I’d refrain from reading them until you’ve read Supreme Ambitions. My thanks to the good professors for engaging so thoughtfully with the book.

Book Review – Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Notice & Comment / Yale Journal on Regulation]
When, if ever, should law clerks betray their bosses? [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
Law Clerks and Duties of Loyalty: More on David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Notice & Comment / Yale Journal on Regulation]

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