Governor Markell Nominates Leo E. Strine, Jr. for Chief Justice of Delaware Supreme Court

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Categories:  Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) News Office of the Governor

Wilmington, DE –Governor Markell today announced the nomination of Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr. to serve as the eighth Chief Justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Delaware Senate, Chancellor Strine will succeed the Honorable Myron Steele as the highest ranking member of the state’s judiciary.

“Delaware’s judiciary is widely recognized as the finest in the nation.  With his superior intellect, incredible work ethic, and substantial judicial experience, Leo Strine is well-positioned to build upon our courts’ deserved reputation for excellence if he is confirmed by the Senate,” said Governor Markell.

Strine has served as a judge on the Court of Chancery since 1998 and as Chancellor since 2011.   Prior to joining the bench, he was legal counsel and policy coordinator to Governor Thomas R. Carper.  Governor Carper recognized Strine’s efforts in that role by awarding him the Order of the First State—the highest honor for meritorious service that can be bestowed by a governor.

“For over 21 years, I have committed my professional life to serving the people of Delaware,” said Chancellor Strine.  “If the Senate confirms me to this important position, I will do everything I can to repay the confidence they and the Governor will have entrusted in me by working cooperatively with my colleagues to preserve Delaware’s tradition of judicial excellence and address the new challenges and opportunities to our state resulting from  a rapidly globalizing economy.”

Before becoming Counsel to Governor Carper in January 1993, Strine was a corporate litigator at the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Prior to that, he was law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988, and received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware.

A frequent lecturer and author on the subject of corporation law, Strine has also served as an adjunct professor or lecturer at Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Duke University School of Law, UCLA Law School, and other institutions. His contributions to the development of corporate law have been recognized by top universities and legal publications throughout the nation.

Strine graduated from A.I. DuPont High School in 1982.   He grew up in Hockessin, where he now lives with his wife Carrie and two sons, James and Benjamin.

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