June 21, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— The alumni of Amherst College have elected Scott Turow, a novelist, lawyer and member of the Class of 1970, to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees effective July 1. Turow is a resident of the Chicago area.

Turow, born in Chicago in 1949, received a B.A. magna cum laude as an independent scholar from Amherst College in 1970. A creative writing fellowship took him to Stanford University, where Turow taught at the Creative Writing Center from 1972 to 1975. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1978, then was an assistant United States attorney in Chicago from 1978 to 1986, serving as the lead prosecutor in several federal trials investigating corruption in the Illinois judiciary. After entering private practice he won a reversal in the murder conviction of a man who had spent 11 years in prison, many of them on death row, for a crime another man had confessed to. Turow is a partner with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, an international law firm.

The author of the novels Reversible Errors (forthcoming, Fall 2002); Personal Injuries (1999); The Laws of Our Fathers (1996); Pleading Guilty (1993); Burden of Proof (1990); and Presumed Innocent (1987), Turow first made his literary mark with One L: An Inside Account of Life in the First Year at Harvard Law School (1977). His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and numerous legal publications.

Turow has been married to Annette Turow, a painter, since 1971. They have three children.

The Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of the president of the college, ex officio, and 20 other members: 14 term trustees, elected by the board, and six alumni trustees elected by alumni of the college. Founded in 1821, Amherst is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with 1,650 undergraduates.