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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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AK and DL at CEII’m eager to escape from the New York cold. Next Thursday, I’ll be doing an event in L.A. with Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, one of the leading lights of the federal judiciary — and, of course, one of the esteemed blurbers of Supreme Ambitions.

Details about the event and how to RSVP appear below. I hope to see some of you in Los Angeles next week!


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Supreme Ambitions on the front table of the Barnes & Noble at 106 Court Street in Brooklyn.

Supreme Ambitions on the front table of the Barnes & Noble at 106 Court Street in Brooklyn.

It appears that Amazon is out of stock of Supreme Ambitions yet again (for the third time since the book’s release, I believe). I would have thought that their magical Amazon algorithm would have told them to place larger orders, but I guess not.

UPDATE (12/28/2014): Amazon now has Supreme Ambitions back in stock (hopefully for a while this time around).

Luckily, Supreme Ambitions is available from many other retailers. Here are three (in alphabetical order; click on each store’s title for the book listing):

1. Barnes & Noble: You can buy Supreme Ambitions from B&N online or in a store. To look up in-store availability, click here, choose “Pick Up In Store,” and enter your zip code. I’m pleased to report that the book is widely carried by B&N outlets here in the northeast.

2. Politics & Prose: You can buy Supreme Ambitions from Politics & Prose in its D.C. store, which is a Washington institution, or online. I have tested online ordering of my book from multiple retailers, and I can tell you that P&P does the best job of packing and shipping, individually wrapping each book in a protective covering. As you would expect from one of the nation’s great independent bookstores, P&P cares deeply about books.

3. Powell’s: Another one of my favorite indies, dating back to when I lived in Portland, Powell’s lists Supreme Ambitions as shipping in 1 to 3 days. I just wish that they carried it in their flagship store on Burnside; right now the six copies in stock are apparently relegated to a “remote warehouse.”

(C’mon, Powell’s! This great New York Times write-up — quoting my former boss, prominent Oregon judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain — wasn’t enough to justify stocking it in store? See also the book’s many media mentions and positive reviews, including coverage in the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, the American Lawyer, and the New York Law Journal, among other outlets.)

If you are a bookseller and you carry Supreme Ambitions, please feel free to drop me a line, and I’m happy to give you a shout-out in these pages. Happy holidays!

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If reading about Supreme Ambitions isn’t enough for you, how about listening or watching? In the past few weeks, I’ve taken advantage of audiovisual opportunities to discuss the backstory behind the book (tune in by clicking on the title of each program):

1. Today’s Verdict: On December 9, I appeared on BronxNet Television to discuss Supreme Ambitions with noted trial attorney David Lesch. The show, focused on law-related themed holiday gifts, also featured Tina Nelson, inventor of the Lawsuit board game, and Lawrence Savell, creator of the Lawtunes series of legally themed music.

2. Modern Law Library: Also earlier this month, I joined Lee Rawles on the ABA Journal’s popular Modern Law Library podcast to discuss my inspirations for Supreme Ambitions and my goals in writing the book.

3. American Bar Association: Prior to the official launch, I sat down for an interview with the ABA’s William Choyke to explore the themes of the book and to offer advice to law students and young lawyers who might harbor their own “Supreme Ambitions.”

Print is an ancient and venerable technology, but in 2014 there’s no excuse for not utilizing the full range of technological channels to promote one’s book!

Today’s Verdict [BronxNet Television]
All is not as it seems for 9th Circuit clerk in ATL founder’s new novel (podcast) [Modern Law Library / ABA Journal]
ABA author discusses new legal fiction [American Bar Association]

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I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

I woke up this morning to find myself next to a half-naked Bradley Cooper.

Today’s New York Times contained a great feature story by Alexandra Alter about Supreme Ambitions and its publisher — Ankerwycke, the new trade imprint of the American Bar Association devoted to legal fiction and more accessible nonfiction. As the Times observes, Ankerwycke is a noteworthy departure for the ABA, “whose publishing arm is known for handbooks like the 1,400-page Compendium of State Certificate of Title Laws.”

The Times notes that Supreme Ambitions has been eagerly anticipated within legal-nerd circles: “[F]or an elite niche — consisting largely of federal judges and their clerks — Supreme Ambitions has become the most buzzed-about novel of the year.”

Here are some additional highlights from the article. There are some kind words about me:


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