CNN senior analyst, best-selling author Jeffrey Toobin to keynote 2017 Annual Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
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The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Toobin will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 4, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Toobin is one of the country's most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time. The author of critically acclaimed works, such as The Nine, The Oath, Too Close to Call and The Run of His Life, Toobin's books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list. The Nine, which delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices, was named one of the best books of the year by Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. In February 2016, FX's American Crime Story: People vs. O.J., premiered -- a mini-series based on Toobin's book, The Run of His Life, which featured an all-star cast including Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson.

"We are honored to have Mr. Toobin address the Massachusetts legal community at our hallmark event of the association year," said MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano. "As an esteemed attorney, an award-winning author about the Supreme Court, and a senior CNN legal analyst, Mr. Toobin can provide unique insight and perspective into the current state of our legal, judicial and political systems."

Toobin received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country's highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has authored articles on subjects, such as the Bernie Madoff scandal and the case of Roman Polanski, and written profiles of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and John Paul Stevens. His article for The New Yorker, "An Incendiary Defense," broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play "the race card."

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments. His latest book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, came out in August 2016.

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