Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 12, 1949, Scott Turow has enjoyed a successful dual-career as both lawyer and novelist. He is acclaimed for combining these two talents into bestselling legal thrillers such as The Burden of Proof and Pleading Guilty. His impressive academic record includes teaching creative writing at Stanford University and graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. From 1978 to 1986 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, after which he turned to writing fiction. Turow’s first novel, Presumed Innocent, won the prestigious Silver Dagger of British Crime Writers, and Personal Injuries was named as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999 by Time magazine. The author is active in a number of charitable causes including Literacy Chicago, and he continues to balance his writing with his work as a partner in the Chicago offices of a national law firm.