Jerrilyn Marston

Jerrilyn Marston
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    600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104


Jerrilyn Greene Marston has practiced law since 1984, when she graduated, with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After a clerkship with the Hon. Edmund Spaeth, Jr., President Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania., she joined the law firm of Baelon, Less and Feldman, first as an associate, becoming a shareholder in 1992, and a member of the Management Committee.
During her 25 years of practice, Ms. Marston specialized in complex commercial litigation, litigating cases in areas such as construction, surety bonds, employment, insurance coverage, securities, commercial contracts, warranties and misrepresentation.  Her clients have included several major surety bond companies; insurance companies; general contractors; owners; corporations; investors.
Ms. Marston also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, joining its Roster of Neutrals in 2000.  She also was an Arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), (Now Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Authority –FINRA), from 1996 to 2009.
Since 1995, she has been a Lecturer in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she has been a Multi Year Winner of the William Whitney Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She also was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School  from 2005 to 2010, where she developed and taught course for LLM students, “Common Law Contracts.” 
Prior to attending the Law School, Ms. Marston received her Ph.D. from Boston University, specializing in American political history, earning her degree with highest honors.  She is also a graduate of Vassar College, A.B. magna cum laude, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named a Matthew Vassar Scholar.
Ms. Marston is the author of multiple publications, including King and Congress; The Transfer of Political Legitimacy, 1774-1776 (Princeton University Press, 1987); Comment, "The Development of a Common Law Rule; The Fellow Servant Rule" ;132 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 579 (March, 1984); "The Abdication of George III," New England Historical & Genealogical Register (1975),;
"Honor and Royalism in Stuart England," Journal of British Studies (1973). As well as various book reviews and presentations to scholarly groups such as meetings of: Organization of American Historians; Society of American Archivists; American Council of Learned Societies.
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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.


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Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/05/25
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Knowledge @ Wharton - 2018/05/24
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