A former federal prosecutor, a current Federal judge, and an author: meet Judge Robert Conrad, United States District Judge in the Western District of North Carolina. The starting point guard on Clemson’s winningest basketball team, Judge Conrad may say that his greatest accomplishment is his children and, by extension, his grandchildren. When you talk to him, you see it. A different twinkle in his eye when the topic arises.
And that brings us to his book: John Fisher and Thomas More, Keeping Their Souls While Losing Their Heads. Judge Conrad’s book parallels the pre-industrial sixteenth century and the tech-centered modern era. For Thomas More, he died the king’s good servant and God’s first. For John Fisher, he approached execution with joy befit for a wedding. It’s a book for the next generation, especially his children and grandchildren, as we navigate a complex world where conviction and courage seem devalued.
Judge Conrad tells the story of two saints whose lives were models of courage and, in that story, calls out the importance of faith and everyone’s unique vocational calling. From the serpent of ambition to an attitude of gratitude, Judge Conrad explains what makes a lawyer human.