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Alumnus Attorney Connects Comic Heroes to the Law

The Law of Superheroes

CONWAY, Ark. (September 23, 2012) - Hendrix alumnus James Daily '03 recently co-authored The Law of Superheroes, to be published next month by Gotham, a division of Penguin.  

He will speak about the project on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4:10 p.m. at Mills Library. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Daily is an attorney with the Stanford University Hoover Institution Project on Commercializing Innovation. He lives in St. Louis, Mo.

The book, based on a blog he created called, uses the world of comic books to break down advanced legal concepts, exploring the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers down to the most deliciously trivial detail.

The Law of Superheroes asks and answers crucial speculative questions about everything from constitutional law and criminal procedure to taxation, intellectual property, and torts, including:

  • Could Superman sue if someone exposed his true identity as Clark Kent?
  • Are members of the Legion of Doom vulnerable to prosecution under RICO?
  • Do the heirs of a superhero who comes back from the dead get to keep their inherited property after their loved one is resurrected?
  • Does it constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" to sentence an immortal like Apocalypse to life in prison without the possibility of parole?

The book has been featured in The New York Times Mother Jones NPR's All Things Considered the ABA Journal, and many other publications.  

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