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Press Release for Thursday, October 17, 2013

Best-Selling Legal Thriller Author and Attorney Speaks at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

Scott Turow, a practicing attorney and legal thriller author, will discuss "A Novelist Goes to Hollywood" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the University of North Florida's Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Banquet Hall, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Series.


He is the author of seven best-selling novels, including "Ordinary Heroes," "Reversible Errors," "Personal Injuries," "The Laws of Our Fathers," "Pleading Guilty," "The Burden of Proof" and "Presumed Innocent." He also has written two non-fiction books-"One L" about his experience as a law student and "Ultimate Punishment," a reflection on the death penalty.


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 25 languages and have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. He is currently working on the upcoming book, "The Trial of the Gemini," expected for release in 2014.


Turow continues to work as an attorney. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a national law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters. In one such case, he represented Alejandro Hernandez in the successful appeal that preceded Hernandez's release after nearly 12 years in prison, including five on death row, for a murder he didn't commit.


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. 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.


Turow 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 for two years. From 1972 to 1975, he taught creative writing at Stanford as the E.H. Jones Lecturer. In 1975, he entered Harvard Law School, graduating with honors in 1978.


The College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Lecture Series is sponsored by Barbara Hetrick, COAS dean, and Martin Edwards, Pre-Law Program director. For more information about the lecture, which requires an e-ticket, contact Pre-Law Program Assistant Peggy Baldt at (904) 620-1069 or To obtain an e-ticket, visit


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