Christopher Buckley and Fordham Law Faculty Discuss Author’s Latest BookOctober 10, 2008
Fordham Law’s Forum on Law, Culture & Society hosted an evening of conversation with best-selling author Christopher Buckley on Thursday evening, October 3. Introduced by Dean William Treanor, Mr. Buckley entertained the audience with a far ranging presentation that covered everything from his successful effort on a book tour to present himself as a former advisor to William Howard Taft; to his description of the Supreme Court building as looking like a “working Greek temple;” to changing the motto of the National Archives from “The Past Is Prologue” to “You Can Google It.”
Following his presentation, Dean Treanor and Thane Rosenbaum, the director of the law school’s Forum on Law, Culture & Society, joined Buckley on stage to discuss his newest book, Supreme Courtship. The novel follows Pepper Cartwright, America’s favorite television judge and Fordham Law alumna, on her unlikely path to becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Buckley, the consummate political satirist, uses the story as an opportunity to skewer the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.
In conversation, the three discussed the role of satire in the modern, political world and the challenges of writing about the law for the nonlawyer. Buckley read from a hilarious passage where the fictional Justice Cartwright debates with the Chief Justice her responsibility for saving him from committing suicide, while he has a rope tied around his neck. Buckley credited Dean Treanor, and Professors Rosenbaum and Ben Zipursky with supplying the legal insights and language that made the scene work. The three Fordham Law faculty members volunteered as editorial consultants and reviewed early drafts of the the book.