Age: 52.

Born and raised: In New York City, the son of television news correspondent Marlene Sanders and broadcast-news producer Jerome Toobin.

Family: Toobin and his wife, Amy McIntosh, have two college-aged children.

Education: Graduated from Harvard (where he wrote a sports column for the Crimson called "Inner Toobin") in 1982, and Harvard Law in 1986.

Career: Legal correspondent for the New Yorker since 1993 and for CNN since 2002. Considered the first TV legal analyst when hired by ABC in 1994. Was an assistant U.S. district attorney in Brooklyn in the early 1990s.

Other books: "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007); "Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election" (2001); "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President" (2000); "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" (1997); "Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case: United States v. Oliver North" (1992).

Hobby: "Embarrassingly enthusiastic" about golf (his handicap is "about 14").