Melinda deLisle

Melinda deLisle
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Melinda Levine deLisle teaches Introduction to Law and the Legal Process at The Wharton School, and Social Policy and the Law in the School of Social Policy and Practice.  She is also the Director of Pro Bono Initiatives at Cozen O’Connor, working on cases and organizing and expanding the firm’s public interest practice.  In her prior career, Ms. deLisle practiced commercial litigation in several major law firms.  Her practice concentrated on complex multidistrict litigation, antitrust litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, and pro bono work, among other things, in defense of abused women and children and the rights of LGBT people.  Ms. deLisle received her law degree from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Brown University.

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    This course presents law as an evolving social institution, with special emphasis on the legal regulation of business in the context of social values. It considers basic concepts of law and legal process, in the U.S. and other legal systems, and introduces the fundamentals of rigorous legal analysis. An in-depth examination of contract law is included.


Never Give Up: What an Entrepreneur Learned from Failure

The shutdown of his startup led author and entrepreneur Ethan Senturia to rethink his long-held ideas about success.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/05/25
Will the EU’s GDPR Rules Launch a New Era of Data Protection?

Companies are likely to extend their compliance with the EU's new GDPR rules globally. But along with new protections come gray areas about implementation, experts say.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/05/24
Why Creating a Business Plan Is a ‘Waste of Time’

What entrepreneurs need is flexibility and innovation -- not a traditional business plan -- says economist and author Carl Schramm.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/05/24