Posted in Admin, Events, Supreme Ambitions, tagged Admin, Boston, Cambridge, Charles Fried, Events, Harvard Federalist Society, Harvard Law School, Supreme Ambitions on September 21, 2015|
I’ve done book events for Supreme Ambitions with a number of Federalist Society chapters around the country, consisting of remarks from me about key themes of Supreme Ambitions followed by commentary from a distinguished guest. Past events have been hosted by chapters in Los Angeles (with Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit), Indianapolis (with Judge John D. Tinder of the Seventh Circuit), Yale Law School (with Professor Amy Chua), and the University of Chicago Law School (with Professor Alison LaCroix). The event requires no knowledge of the book; rather, I use the book as a jumping-off point for discussing such topics as judging, clerking, ethics, ambition, jurisdiction, and gender.
I’m delighted to report that I’ll be up in Boston for another such event hosted by the Harvard Federalist Society. It’s free and open to all. Here are the details:
Thursday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall — Caspersen Student Center
I’m pleased and honored to be joined for this event by one of the nation’s most distinguished lawyers and legal academics: Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor of Law. As a former United States Solicitor General, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Supreme Court law clerk (to John Marshall Harlan II), Professor Fried will be a superb commentator.
I look forward to seeing folks in Cambridge later this week. If you’d be interested in having me speak to your local Federalist Society chapter, please feel free to drop me a line.
Above the Law Managing Editor David Lat – HLS and Supreme Court Clerkships [Harvard Federalist Society]
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Posted in Admin, Events, Supreme Ambitions, tagged ABA Annual Meeting, Admin, American Bar Association (ABA), Ankerwycke, Dina Gold, Events, Jeff B. Cohen, Jonathan Malysiak, Laura Caldwell, Lindsay Cameron, Richard Posner, Ronald Fierstein, Supreme Ambitions, Talmage Boston, Terrence Hake, William Landay on July 28, 2015|
The 2015 ABA Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago from July 30 to August 4. I’m going to be there to talk about Supreme Ambitions, and I invite you to attend one or both of these events:
1. The Law As A Platform For Writing — Saturday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (panel) and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (book signing)
Talmage Boston, a shareholder in the Dallas office of Winstead PC and the author of multiple books himself, will moderate a panel featuring me and three amazing authors: Judge Richard Posner (7th Cir.), author of more than 30 books (and one of my blurbers on Supreme Ambitions); William Landay, author of one of my favorite legal novels, Defending Jacob; and Laura Caldwell, author of 14 novels and one non-fiction book.
2. The Author Journey — Sunday, August 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (panel) and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (book signing)
My editor on Supreme Ambitions, Jonathan Malysiak, will moderate a panel featuring me and five other authors published by Ankerwycke Books: Lindsay Cameron, former Schulte Roth associate and author of the eagerly awaited Biglaw; Jeff B. Cohen, actor (Chunk in Goonies) turned lawyer and author of The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments; Dina Gold, author of Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice; Ronald Fierstein, author of A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War; and Terrence Hake, author of Operation Greylord: The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America’s Biggest Corruption Bust.
If you haven’t already registered for the ABA Annual Meeting, you can do so through the ABA website. I look forward to seeing folks in Chicago!
Ed. note: All links to books are affiliate links.
The Law As A Platform For Writing [American Bar Association]
The Author Journey [Ankerwycke Books via Twitter]
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This month, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee hit bookstores, to much fanfare and controversy. Watchman features many of the same characters as Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill A Mockingbird — although a number of them, especially legendary lawyer Atticus Finch, come across very differently in Watchman.
On the occasion of Go Set a Watchman‘s publication, Publishers Weekly contacted a number of authors to get their thoughts on Mockingbird. Here’s what I had to say:
Like so many lawyers and readers, I have a special place in my heart for To Kill a Mockingbird. My well-worn purple paperback reflects how often I have turned to Mockingbird over the years. It was, as both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on justice, a major inspiration for me when I wrote my own novel about the legal system.
You can read reflections on the iconic book from other authors, including Jacqueline Woodson and Mark Childress, over at Publishers Weekly.
As ‘Watchman’ Hits Stands, Authors Reflect on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ [Publishers Weekly]
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Professor Mitu Gulati and Judge Richard A. Posner recently posted to SSRN a very interesting paper entitled The Management of Staff by Federal Court of Appeals Judges. If you’re curious about how federal appellate judges run their chambers, you should definitely check it out.
Here’s an excerpt from page 3 of the paper (affiliate links to books added by me):
[T]hose seeking information about the range of management techniques [of federal judges] are forced to rely on rumor, anecdote and (if one is a judge) conversations with one’s colleagues (a type of conversation that appears to occur very rarely).2
2 A handful of respondents pointed to Judge Frank Coffin’s book, The Ways of a Judge: Views From the Federal Appellate Bench from 1980, as having provided some insight. To our surprise, the other book that came up a couple of times as a source of information was a novel, David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions, from 2014.
Thanks to these judges and to Professor Gulati and Judge Posner for the mentions. I tried to make Supreme Ambitions fairly realistic, so I’m glad to hear that at least some judges think I succeeded.
You can download the full paper via the link below. Thanks to @BryanGivi on Twitter for the heads-up.
The Management of Staff by Federal Court of Appeals Judges [SSRN]
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You 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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