The Harvard Law School Association of Washington, DC and the HLSA Recent Graduates Network
invite you to join a book talk on:
With Prejudice, a legal thriller that explores the prejudice that hangs over every trial in America.
by Robin Peguero
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
1152 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
About With Prejudice from Robin Peguero: The "exciting" and "clever" debut thriller (New York Times Book Review): No one knows what happened that night. Seven strangers must decide.
Earl Thomas, a strait-laced taxman with his fair share of police encounters, is the begrudging foreperson in a high-stakes trial in Miami. Laura Hurtado-Perez is a physician whose unassuming manner conceals a private pain. Joseph Cole is the founder of his local neighborhood watch, unduly obsessed with the families around him.
Along with four others, these jurors of varying ages and walks of life whose paths would likely never have otherwise crossed must come together to make one of the most important decisions of their lives.
On the night Melina Mora, a free-spirited woman both proud and kind, was murdered, she was seen with a young man of Gabriel Soto’s description. Two strands of her hair were found in his bedroom. Sandy Grunwald, a young prosecutor whose political ambitions depend on securing a conviction, finds herself pitted against Jordan Whipple, a preening public defender armed with a freshly discovered, dynamite piece of evidence on the eve of the trial—if the Honorable Darla Tackett will admit it.
What Sandy, Jordan, and Judge Tackett all know, however, is that the criminal justice system is complicated, and everyone has a story—especially the jury. And it’s their experiences, biases, and beliefs that will ultimately shape the verdict.
With striking originality and expert storytelling, Robin Peguero’s debut novel explores the prejudice that hangs over every trial in America. You’ve never read a legal thriller quite like this. There’s never been a thriller writer quite like Peguero. And you will not be able to predict how it all ends.
Robin Peguero is a first-generation American raised in Miami.
He graduated from Harvard College in 2007 and Harvard Law School in 2014. He began his career as a press spokesman for Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and speechwriter for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). After graduating from law school, he served as a prosecutor in Miami for 7 years, most recently as a homicide prosecutor, trying 30 jury cases to verdict. He moved back to D.C. in 2021 to serve as investigative counsel for the January 6th Committee and is now chief of staff for freshman Congressman Glenn Ivey (D-MD). He is a lifelong writer whose debut novel, With Prejudice, was published in May of 2022, and whose second novel, One in the Chamber, is forthcoming in Spring of 2024.
Copies of With Prejudice will be available for purchase at the event and are also available here.