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Gerard J. St. John

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Over more than 70 years, I have been a college soccer player, a Marine Corps infantry officer, a trial lawyer, an adjunct university professor and the father of six children.

Background Information

Most of us have experienced things that we consider to have been especially significant in our lives. Stories about such things are generally handed down within our families in the words and in the perspectives of persons who do not quite get it right. I began to hear such stories about me circulating in my own family; and I decided to defend myself. Through a collection of short reminiscences, I would leave my children a record of what really happened. Before long, reminiscences expanded into articles about lawyers and law practice published in bar association magazines. When the Philadelphia Bar Association celebrated its 200th Anniversary, I was asked to write the short unofficial history of the organization. Also, one of my senior partners asked me to act as the editor of his anecdotal autobiography. And now, we have websites and blogsites to play with. Friends and family seem to enjoy my musings, so they continue.

 A recent experience was to compile a number of these stories into two books, "The War Within" and "Sinjinlands."  Both were self-published through  To my surprise, the printings added another dimension to the stories.

It is not that I want to live in the past; been there, done that.  It is like a ride in a theme park.  Every once in a while I enjoy reminiscing about days gone by.



Birth Place
Philadelphia, PA USA

None related to writing.

Additional Information

I have been appointed a judge pro-tem of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In 1991, I was appointed Special Master to advise the Philadelphia Court on the final pay-out under the Will of Benjamin Franklin (he left money in a 200-year trust for the citizens of Philadelphia). I have now ceased my activity as an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Contact Information

454 Windermere Road 
Drexel Hill PA 19026   USA
Contact Author: Gerard J. St. John
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Philadelphia Bar Association
Under "Publications" and then "Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine," many of my articles are republished.

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