Scott Turow Lecture to Kickoff Gonzaga Law Centennial Celebration
Will Discuss Popular Culture Image of Lawyers
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University School of Law will kickoff the yearlong celebration of its Centennial with a lecture by acclaimed author Scott Turow at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 in Gonzaga’s Martin Centre. A book-signing event and reception will follow the lecture. The events are free and open to the public.
Turow’s lecture – titled “Where Are You Perry Mason?” – will explore the popular image of lawyers, the power of attorneys in U.S. society, their perceived dark sides and their ideals as reflected in contemporary culture and media. The reception also will include sales of the newly released Law Centennial Book titled, “Celebrating Gonzaga School of Law: The First 100 years,” written by local journalist and film critic Dan Webster.
Considered by some to be the father of the modern legal thriller. Turow has penned nine best-seller fiction titles, including “Presumed Innocent,” “The Burden of Proof,” and “Reversible Errors.” He has been featured on the cover of Time magazine and serves as the president of the Authors Guild, which Turow calls “the authoritative voice of American writers.”
Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton, an international law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense, while devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono work, (voluntary and without pay or at a reduced fee as a public service). He has served on a number of public bodies, including the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment, which recommends reforms to Illinois’ death penalty law. Turow also served as the first chair of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, created in 2004 to regulate executive branch employees in Illinois state government.
The Gonzaga Law School’s Centennial celebration runs through the 2012-2013 school year. On Oct. 3, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Gonzaga Law School. Other Law School Centennial events include a Seattle-area celebration, the collaborative “Pursuit of Justice” conference in April (2013), and an All-Class Reunion and Centennial Gala (April 2013).
The 2012-13 academic year also marks the 125th Anniversary Celebration for Gonzaga University. Visit www.Gonzaga.edu/125 for an overview of all Gonzaga Law Centennial and Gonzaga 125th Anniversary events, historical timeline, stories, videos, downloads and more.
To RSVP for the Turow lecture, book-signing and reception, please send an email message to the Law School alumni office or call (509) 313-3759. Media please contact Andrea Parrish at (509) 313-3771 or via e-mail.