Corporation & Trustees

Scott F. Turow ’70


Scott F. Turow ’70 was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2002 and is in the midst of his second term. He is a partner at the Chicago law firm SNR Denton, as well as the author of nine bestselling novels.

Turow studied English at Amherst and went on to get an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford—where he taught for several years—and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was an assistant United States attorney in Chicago before joining SNR Denton in 1986. There, he remains a partner practicing criminal law.

Turow’s novels include 1987’s Presumed Innocent and its 2010 sequel, Innocent. Several of his novels have been adapted for film and television. He has also written two nonfiction books, One L, about his experiences as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty. Turow is president of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest membership organization of professional writers, and his writing career has garnered him such honors as the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and a Best Work of Fiction citation from Time Magazine.


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