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It is June 2004 and life is a mixed bag for Frank Casey, a corporate lawyer and legal aid volunteer. He regrets the mistakes he made in his marriage, misses his ex-wife, and sees no possibility of advancement within a corporate legal department that is run like a feudal kingdom. But, on the up side, he enjoys his many friends, and is on the cusp of a romantic relationship with a beautiful and brilliant lawyer colleague. Election Day 2004 approaches and Casey, an opponent of the Iraq war, becomes increasingly ...
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It is June 2004 and life is a mixed bag for Frank Casey, a corporate lawyer and legal aid volunteer. He regrets the mistakes he made in his marriage, misses his ex-wife, and sees no possibility of advancement within a corporate legal department that is run like a feudal kingdom. But, on the up side, he enjoys his many friends, and is on the cusp of a romantic relationship with a beautiful and brilliant lawyer colleague. Election Day 2004 approaches and Casey, an opponent of the Iraq war, becomes increasingly concerned about the Catholic Bishops and Protestant Religious Right steering votes to President Bush because of his opposition to Roe versus Wade, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex marriage. To counter them, Casey establishes a web site that uses religious arguments to try to dissuade Christian voters from applying a pro-life and family values litmus test that would eliminate John Kerry from consideration. He is joined in the endeavor by: Rita Alvarez, a lesbian legal aid lawyer; Rita's partner Robbie Beck, a public relations and advertising wiz; Howard King, a black computer nerd; and Sister Karen Holm, a young nun toward whom Casey feels a troublesome attraction that he considers taboo.
As a result of Beck's skill and grit, the web site generates theological, legal, and political controversy that impacts the presidential campaign and turns Casey's world upside down, shattering his career, religious life, and relationship with the woman he loves.
In accordance with the author's instructions, the publisher will send the author's portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to United States Fund for UNICEF and Legal Services of New Jersey in equal shares.
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New Jersey Law Journal
Novel Career Change
After a quarter-century as an in-house corporate lawyer and volunteer for Essex-Newark Legal Services, Bill Finnegan has written a novel whose main character is a corporate lawyer who volunteers for Legal Services. Saving Frank Casey, the book by first-time novelist Finnegan, is about a lawyer whose Internet activism against the religious right in the 2004 presidential election leads to a criminal investigation, and the unraveling of his career and a romantic relationship. From 1976 to 2001, Finnegan worked for AT&T, then Lucent Technologies and then British Telecom, and served as a Legal Services volunteer from 1998 to 2003. One vignette in the novel is loosely based on a case he handled before [an] Essex County Superior Court Judge.... The book is a pro bono project. Finnegan is donating the $3 per book he earns in royalties half to UNICEF and half to Legal Services of New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932762969
  • Publisher: Elderberry Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2008
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    Finnegan Does the Impossible

    Bill Finnegan has taken what is perhaps the driest material imaginable and made it not only understandable but enjoyable. The ins and outs of Canon law are not normally the fare of a good beach read, but Finnegan has written a lively and comppelling novel reflecting the conflict experienced by the contemporary Roman Catholic believer when faced with the issue of abortion. His ability to weave into his tale citations of material from so many diverse sources and yet not make the reader feel he or she is reading dry academic text is remarkable. Perhaps he'll try his hand at the ordination of women as priests next.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    Christopher Buckley Has New Competition

    Bill Finnegan has written an informative, funny, and even thrilling little piece here. If you like Christopher Buckely's books--and you should, then this is right up your alley.If you want to know what is wrong with this world , and want some good information to help set it right, this book is for you. When the FBI and the Bishop get involved, hold on for a good ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2009

    Will draw you in

    This novel drew me right into the story in the first scene. Many novels start slowly. This one begins by inviting you to step inside a decent character. But this novel isn't just entertainment. It raises many tough issues, issues some will find controversial. But isn't that what a great novel does?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    I learned a lot about the Catholic church in this book. Even though there is a lot of material about Catholic canons and doctrines, the information was understandable for the non-Catholic reader. The characters were well thought out. I would like to know more about the character of Sarah Baker. It was also interesting to get a glimpse of life in a corporate law firm.

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