A Conversation with Scott Turow

December 5, 2006

In a wide-ranging Conversation, best-selling novelist Scott Turow discussed his new book Limitations, and his life as a novelist and lawyer.

Scott Turow

Scott Turow 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 lifelong ambition with the publication of his first novel, Presumed Innocent, a #1 New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a feature film. This was followed by The Burden of Proof and Pleading Guilty.

Mr. Turow’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages and, in total, have sold approximately 25 million copies worldwide, winning a number of literary awards. His most recent novel, Limitations, was serialized throughout the spring and summer in the New York Times Magazine. In this novel, George Mason, a former criminal defense attorney and now a state court of appeals judge, is confronted with a disturbing rape case that causes him to consider the limitations of the law, and his own limitations as a man and judge.

Scott Turow is not only an artist who has illuminated the law through his fiction; he is also 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, and he devotes a substantial part of his practice to pro bono work, including representations in cases involving the death penalty.