Bestselling Author John Grisham to Close the 2020 Vision for Leadership Conference at Baylor Law

September 15, 2020

Bestselling Author John Grisham to Close the 2020 Vision for Leadership Conference at Baylor Law


Bestselling author, John Grisham, author of A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and a broad array of other perennial best-selling books, will be interviewed by noted attorney and author Talmage Boston during the final session of the week-long Vision for Leadership Conference at Baylor Law. The conversational style interview on Thursday, September 17th at 3pm (CDT), will focus upon the imperative for lawyers to lead in the many venues in which they live and work.

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Grisham will discuss a variety of subjects related to the American Justice system, such as how he has used his novels to address wrongs and inequities within our legal system—as he has done in The Innocent Man, The Guardians, and The Appeal. But the works that Grisham is most famous for are only a small part of how he has used his skills as a lawyer to make a difference in our society. After recognizing that children needed an engaging way to learn more about our justice system, as pointed out to him by his schoolteacher daughter, he began writing the Theo Boone series which is focused upon a “kid lawyer” and his adventures. Grisham is also an active advocate for the Innocence Project movement, access-to-justice issues, and stresses the importance of legal aid to the underserved. Recently, he has been focusing his efforts upon childhood hunger issues and advancing the cause of the No Kid Hungry program.

Grisham rose to prominence during the 1990s as the master of the legal thriller. After publishing “A Time to Kill” in 1987, he wrote “The Firm,” which became the best-selling novel of 1991 and was followed by “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client,” and more than a dozen other bestsellers. In all, he has written dozens of novels, nine of which have been turned into feature films. There are over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. In 2006 he published his first work of non-fiction, “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town,” which recounted the story of a man wrongfully convicted of murder in Oklahoma.

Boston, author of 1939: Baseball's Pivotal Year: From the Golden Age to the Modern Era, Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society, and Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer gets Answers from the Experts about our Presidents, maintains his full-time law practice as a commercial litigator in Dallas, Texas. He has been recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Super Lawyer” every year since 2003 and named among the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2013.

“We are thrilled to have such distinguished authors close the 2020 Vision for Leadership Conference. Talmage is a gifted interviewer who skillfully elicits the best insights from anyone he interviews. To have him sit down with one of the masters of the legal thriller will be an amazing experience. A conversation between these two notable authors who understand the intricacies of the American justice system will be an incredible culmination to end this week’s conference – a symposium already stacked with high-profile and impressive speakers,” stated Leah Teague, Baylor Law Associate Dean and co-organizer of the 2020 Vision for Leadership Conference. “We are truly honored to have them join us,” Stephen Rispoli, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs and co-organizer of the conference added. “We hope lawyers and legal educators will join us for as many of the other important conversations this week as schedules allow.”

One of only a handful of law schools in the country with a robust Leadership Development Program and leader in the nascent movement of Leadership Development in legal education, Baylor Law is hosting the 2020 Vision for Leadership Conference September 14 – 17. The free, all-virtual conference – approved for 7.5 hours of MCLE Credit (3.5 Hours for Ethics) for lawyers – has brought together high-profile speakers from law schools from across the nation along with distinguished attorneys to discuss the role of lawyers as leaders in their communities charged with protecting the rule of law – the basis of our system of democracy – and advancing society toward “a more perfect union.”

For more information, or to register, visit the conference site, here: VisionForLeadership.

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