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New Jersey Law JournalNovel 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.