Clayton Marsh, University Counsel

American Trials, American Stories

Thu, 12/03/2009
Thurday, December 3, Chancellor Green 105 - RSVP required
Event Category: 
Undergraduate Students

Lawyers often say that whoever tells the "best" story at trial wins. Indeed, the adversarial nature of the American trial can produce competing stories in the courtroom (and beyond) that reveal and, in many cases, exploit deeper cultural conflicts and anxieties.  Please join Clayton Marsh, University Counsel, for a discussion of narrative desire and story-telling in the courtroom.

The workshop is especially aimed at undergraduates, though interested faculty and graduate students are also welcome to attend.  To ensure that there is enough food for all who attend, please be sure to contact Ms. Maureen Killeen ( in American Studies by 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 30th if you plan to attend.

Clayton Marsh is University Counsel at Princeton. His primary areas of practice include intellectual property, sponsored research, and technology licensing. Prior to joining the University's Office of General Counsel, he practiced commercial litigation in New York City at Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was a member of the litigation team representing Microsoft Corp. in a number of antitrust matters, and at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he was a member of the team representing Time Warner Inc. in its merger with AOL. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree from Princeton.

Mr. Marsh holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and teaches a Freshman Seminar at Princeton on "Swindlers and Impostors" in American literature, which explores, among other things, representations of the law in works such as Twain's Puddn'head Wilson (view a story about his research).  He also teaches a seminar in Princeton's American Studies Program, "American Trials, American Stories," that examines the narratives at work in a number of high-profile American trials from the early republic to the present. Mr. Marsh also serves on the board of the Stanley J. Seeger Fund that supports the Hellenic Studies Program at Princeton.