is an attorney and an author.
Mr. Turow's first book, One L, about his experience as a first-year
student at Harvard Law School, was published in 1977. Ten years
later, he achieved a life-long ambition, with the publication of his
first novel, Presumed Innocent, followed by The Burden of Proof and
Pleading Guilty. His fourth novel, The Laws of Our Fathers, was
published in 1996. His latest novel, Personal Injuries, was
published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in October, 1999. Mr.
Turow's books have been translated into more than 20 languages and,
in total, have sold approximately twenty-five million copies worldwide. They have won a
number of literary awards. FSG will publish his new novel,
Reversible Errors, November 1, 2002.
Mr. Turow continues to work
as an attorney. He is a partner in the Chicago office of
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a national law firm with 600
lawyers. Mr. Turow's practice centers on white collar criminal
litigation. Mr. Turow devotes a substantial part of his practice now
to pro bono work, including representations in cases involving the
death penalty. In one of these matters, Alejandro Hernandez,
co-defendant of Rolando Cruz, was exonerated after 11 years in
Scott Turow was born on April 12, 1949 in Chicago,
Illinois. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College in
1970. That year, he received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the
Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which he attended from
1970-72. From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Turow taught Creative Writing at
Stanford, as E.H. Jones Lecturer. In 1975, he entered Harvard Law
School, graduating with honors in 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he was an
Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago. He was one of the
prosecutors in the trial of Illinois Attorney General William J.
Scott, who was convicted of tax fraud. Mr. Turow was also lead
government counsel in a number of the trials connected to Operation
Greylord, a federal investigation of corruption in the Illinois
judiciary. Mr. Turow has been active in a number of charitable
causes, including Literacy Chicago. In 1997-98, he served as president of the Authors Guild, which is the
national membership organization for professional writers, and
continues to serve on its governing board.
Mr. Turow has been
appointed to a number of public bodies. He served as one of the fourteen members of the Commission appointed
in March, 2000, by Illinois Governor George Ryan to consider reform
of the capital punishment system; the Commission was appointed after
Governor Ryan declared a Moratorium on executions and delivered its
report in April 2002. Mr. Turow is also a member of the Illinois
State Police Merit Board, which determines matters of hiring,
promotion and discipline for members of the Illinois State Police.
He also has served in 1997 and 1998 on the United States Senate
Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, which
recommended appointment of federal judges.
Mr. Turow has been
married to Annette Turow, a painter, since 1971. They have three
children. The family lives outside Chicago.