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April 2, 2010

PHOTO: Scott Turow photo by Greg Martin

Lawyer, novelist Turow to deliver College of Law Levitt Lecture

Lawyer and novelist Scott Turow will discuss writing from the perspective of each craft when he delivers the University of Iowa College of Law’s Levitt Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The title of Turow’s Levitt Lecture will be “It’s Only Words: Thoughts of a Lawyer and Novelist: A Serious Dissection of the Meaning of Voice and Rhetoric from the Perspective of Both a Lawyer and a Novelist.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

An attorney who practices in Chicago, Turow has also written such best selling legal thrillers as “The Burden of Proof,” “Presumed Innocent,” “Pleading Guilty” and “Personal Injuries,” several of which have been turned into movies. He also wrote the non-fiction “Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty.”

Turow is a graduate of Amherst College and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago and now practices as a partner in the firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. He also served as a member of the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois and on the death penalty reform commission appointed by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan.

The Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lectureship was created in 1995 through a generous endowment gift from the Levitt family to the Iowa Law School Foundation. The purpose of the Levitt Lectures is to bring to the Iowa campus distinguished national and international figures in law and government to present timely lectures to students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law. Prior Levitt Lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former U.S. general Wesley Clark, former Republic of Ireland President Mary Robinson, New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman, Linda Greenhouse and Paul Krugman, and Nobel Peace Prize winners Elie Wiesel, Abba Eban, Bishop Desmond Tutu, John Hume and Dr. Shirin Ebadi.

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