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Supreme Ambitions cover high resolutionProfessor 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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blurbIn a few weeks, hopefully around early December, Supreme Ambitions should arrive in bookstores (and get shipped to folks who pre-ordered it). Some time ago, we finalized the back cover, featuring these five wonderful blurbs (some from early reviews and some from recipients of advance reader copies):

“So realistic, it makes your teeth hurt. So much fun, you can’t put it down. A sprightly, gripping novel with a serious message about the rewards and dangers of unbridled ambition.”

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

“This fine novel by a leading Internet commentator and analyst of the courts provides disquieting insight into the secretive world of federal judges and their brilliant anxious young law clerks.”

Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

“Lat’s novel is a cross between a serious look into the heart of darkness and an insouciant study of Manolo Blahnik footwear…. This is legal realism at its finest but told in the highly unusual and difficult form of a well-crafted novel.”

Judge Richard G. Kopf, Hercules and the Umpire (book review)

“An interesting and revealing look at the lives of law clerks — bright young lawyers who give up sleep, sex, and happiness so that someone else can take credit for their work.”

Ed Hayes, author of Mouthpiece: A Life in — and Sometimes Just Outside — the Law

“Supreme Ambitions is a legitimate page-turner. Lat knows the story he wants to tell, and he tells it well. He makes no secret of the themes he wants to convey, and he conveys them effectively. Overall, it’s a smashing success.”

Steve Klepper, Maryland Appellate Blog

I thank Chief Judge Kozinski, Judge Posner, Judge Kopf, Ed Hayes, and Steve Klepper for their most generous praise. Positive reactions from readers, especially readers who are leading figures within the legal profession, make the many solitary hours I spent in front of my MacBook all worth it.

Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

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