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Marilyn Virginia Yarbrough, American lawyer, educator. Bar: California 1973, Kansas 1982.


Yarbrough, Marilyn Virginia was born on August 31, 1945 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of William Ottoway Yarbrough and Merca Lee (Hardin) Toole.


Bachelor, Virginia State University, 1966. Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973.


Instructor, Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1975-1976; professor of law, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1976-1987; associate vice chancellor, U. Kansas, Lawrence, 1983-1987; professor Law School, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1987-1993; dean, Law Sch U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1987-1991; William J. Maier Junior chair law, West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1991-1992; professor, U. North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, since 1992; associate provost, U. North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, since 1994.


  • Bar: California 1973, Kansas 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Editor in chief Black Law Journal 1972-1973. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board of directors Knox County Endl. Enrichment Fund, Knoxville, 1989-1992, Knoxville Housing Partnership, 1989-1992, United Way of Knoxville, 1990-1992;trustee Law School Admission Council, president, 1986-1988. Trustee Webb School of Knoxville, 1988-1991, Kenyon College.

Member Pulitzer Prize Board, since 1990. Member American Bar Association (reporter American Law Institute-American Bar Association committee continuing professional education 1988-1990, section legal education and admissions to bar 1989-1994), Poynter Institute for Media Studies (advisory board 1984-1990, board directors 1990-1992).


Married Walter James Ainsworth, September 3, 1967 (divorced October 1980). Children: Carmen Virginia, Carla Renee. Married David A. Didion, December 31, 1987.

William Ottoway Yarbrough Toole

Merca Lee (Hardin) Toole

David A. Didion

Walter James Ainsworth

Carla Renee Yarbrough

Carmen Virginia Yarbrough