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Scott Turow

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney.  He is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987) and the sequel, Innocent, published in May, 2010.  His newest novel, Identical, was published by Grand Central Publishing in October, 2013.  He has also written two nonfiction books—One L, about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment, a reflection on the death penalty—and has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Playboy, and the Atlantic. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment.  His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than thirty million copies world-wide.

Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal), an international law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters.  He has served on a number of public bodies, including the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment to recommend reforms to Illinois’s death penalty system, and was the first Chair of Illinois’s Executive Ethics Commission which was created in 2004 to regulate executive branch employees in the Illinois State government.  He is also President of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest membership organization of professional writers, and is currently a Trustee of Amherst College.

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Selected Bibliography

Identical (2013)
Innocent (2010)
Ordinary Heroes (2005)
Personal Injuries (1999)
The Burden of Proof (1990)
Presumed Innocent (1987)
One L: An Inside Account of Life in the First Year at Harvard Law School (1977)