Jeffrey Toobin, a high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, is the 2014 Day Pitney Visiting Scholar at UConn School of Law. Mr.Toobin is one of the country's most esteemed experts on the intersection of politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Mr. Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time. Mr. Toobin will speak at the Law School on Monday, February 10.
Mr. Toobin is the author most recently of The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, which is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. The Oath is a sequel to Toobin’s The Nine, which delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices. The Nine spent more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller list and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. His renowned bestseller, Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, is the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount and the basis of the HBO movie, Recount.
Mr. Toobin is a graduate of Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After completing law school, Mr. Toobin worked as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Council Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case: United States v. Oliver North. After becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, he took up his post as a staff writer for The New Yorker. In 1996, he began covering the country’s highest-profile cases for ABC News, earning an Emmy award for his coverage of the Elián González custody saga in 2000. Mr. Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002 and currently serves as senior analyst for the network. Mr. Toobin has covered some of the most controversial stories of the past few decades including the O.J. Simpson trial, which was the basis of his book, The Run of His Life, and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, which led to his book, A Vast Conspiracy.
The Day Pitney Visiting Scholar program is underwritten by the Day Pitney Foundation, which promotes positive developments in law, legal scholarship, and legal and community education through contributions and volunteer efforts of the personnel of Day Pitney LLP. This program, established in 1991 by the Day, Berry & Howard Foundation, has supported a series of events at UConn School of Law that featured a distinguished group of legal scholars including Derrick Bell of Harvard Law School. Other Day Pitney Visiting Scholars include: the Honorable Michael Mukasey, Bob Woodward, Cherie Blair, the Honorable Antonin Scalia, the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Honorable Albie Sachs.