Supreme Ambitions
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"Law is Just Politics by Other Means."

Supreme Ambitions is the first novel by David Lat, founder and managing editor of the popular and influential blog "Above the Law." It details the rise of Audrey Coyne, a recent Yale Law School grad with a dream of obtaining a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court. She becomes a clerk for Judge Christina Wong Stinson, a well-regarded conservative feeder judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California.

As Audrey works for Judge Stinson, she discovers that ambition comes with a high price tag that ultimately forces her to choose between compromising her ethics and holding true to her moral (and legal) beliefs.

This is legal fiction with an "insider" scoop that is sure to have the legal community -- and fans of legal fiction -- buzzing, exactly what you would expect from the founder and managing editor of the most widely read and highly influential legal website in the industry (1 million page views a month from more than 800,000 unique visitors worldwide).


David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, an award-winning legal website that reaches more than 1 million unique visitors a month. Prior to starting Above the Law in the summer of 2006, David founded Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. David lives in New York City. Supreme Ambitions is his first novel.


Chapters 1-50


"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