July 12, 2006
Announcing the "Conglomerate Book Club"
Posted by Gordon Smith

Mark your calendars!

In_the_shadow_of_the_law On August 16, we will inaugurate the Conglomerate Book Club with a discussion of In the Shadow of Law, a novel by Kermit ("Kim") Roosevelt. Kim is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he specializes in constitutional law and conflict of laws. Prior to entering academe, Kim clerked with Associate Justice David Souter and worked as an associate at Mayer, Brown and Platt in Chicago. Kim will join us on August 16 for a discussion of his debut novel ... and perhaps some discussion of his next novel.

The Conglomerate Book Club will be an occasional feature on the blog, held whenever we find a book -- fiction or nonfiction -- that interests several of the bloggers and, we hope, our readers. In the Shadow of Law is such a book, focusing on the lawyers in Morgan Siler, a fictional Washington, D.C. law firm. Kim offers some nice background on the novel in this guest-blogging post over at Eric Muller's Is That Legal? (Though I have read Kim's novel, it didn't occur to me until I read his post that "you can more or less map the characters from In the Shadow of the Law onto the characters of Star Wars." But now that he mentions it ...)

Here's how the Conglomerate Book Club will work. Each of the reviewers -- including some of us here at Conglomerate and some guest reviewers -- will write a brief review of the book, about the length of a typical blog post. And we will post those reviews on the blog. Kim will respond to the reviews, and then we will carry on the discussion in the comments.

Any questions?

Ok, then go buy a copy of the book and read it before August 16! We look forward to hearing from you.

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