Senate Confirms Governor’s Judicial Nominations

Dover, DE – The Delaware Senate today confirmed nominations for three open judicial positions as well as nominations for re-appointment of three respected members of the judiciary.  The confirmations are as follows (more information on each of the appointees is pasted below and pictures are available here):

Tamika Montgomery-Reeves was confirmed by the Senate to become Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery, succeeding Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr., whose term expired on October 22nd.

“Tamika is an accomplished corporate lawyer whose experience and passion for service will be a tremendous asset on Delaware’s Court of Chancery,” said Governor Markell. “I thank the members of the Senate for showing their support.”

Jennifer Ranji was confirmed by the Senate to serve as a judge on the Delaware Family Court, replacing Judge William L. Chapman Jr., who announced plans to retire and return to private practice earlier this month.

“Jennifer has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others, making her an excellent addition to Delaware’s Family Court,” said Governor Markell. “I thank the members of the Senate for considering her nomination and I’m confident she will continue to serve the children and families of Delaware well in her new role.”

Danielle Blount was confirmed by the Senate to serve as a commissioner on the Delaware Family Court. She will succeed Commissioner Mary Ann Herlihy, who is set retire from state service at the end of this month.

“Danielle’s courtroom experience as well as her intense knowledge of and passion for the issues impacting our most vulnerable citizens have earned her the respect of her colleagues and members of the community she serves,” said Governor Markell. “I have every confidence she will serve our state well as a member of the Delaware Family Court and thank the Senate for confirming her nomination.”

The Senate also confirmed three judicial officers for re-appointment:  Superior Court Judge Mary Johnston, Family Court Judge Arlene Coppadge, and Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis.

“Today’s reappointments by the Senate of three respected members of Delaware’s courts speak to the quality of our judiciary,” said Governor Markell. “I am confident each of them will continue to serve with distinction and appreciate the Senate’s consideration.”

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Governor Markell Announces Judicial Nominations for Court of Chancery, Family Court

Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell today announced the nomination of three accomplished attorneys for open judicial positions, as well as the nomination for re-appointment of three outstanding members of the judiciary.

Governor Markell is nominating Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, an accomplished corporate litigator with a passion for service, to become Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery. If confirmed by the Senate, Montgomery-Reeves would succeed Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr., whose term is set to expire on October 22nd.

Currently a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Montgomery-Reeves focuses on corporate governance, navigation of corporate fiduciary duties, and corporate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced in the securities and corporate governance department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She has been recognized for her pro bono contribution to the Prisoners’ Rights Project and previously served as a law clerk for Chancellor William B. Chandler III.

“Tamika Montgomery-Reeves has the intellectual ability and strong work ethic necessary to serve on Delaware’s Court of Chancery,” said Governor Markell. “She also has substantial experience practicing corporate law and clerking for the Court of Chancery, and she has demonstrated a genuine passion for the issues handled by the Court.  If confirmed by the Senate, I’m confident she will serve to maintain the Court’s deserved reputation as the premier venue for the resolution of business disputes.”

Montgomery-Reeves graduated from University of Georgia School of Law and received her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi. She currently resides in Wilmington with her husband and their son.

“I am honored and humbled to have been nominated by Governor Markell to serve on the Court of Chancery,” said Montgomery-Reeves. “If I am lucky enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving the citizens of Delaware as a member of Delaware’s premier corporate and business law court.”

Markell also announced the nominations of Jennifer Ranji and Danielle Blount for appointment to the Family Court of Delaware. If confirmed by the Senate, they would succeed Judge William L. Chapman Jr., who is retiring later this month to return to private practice, and Commissioner Mary Ann Herlihy, who will also retire from state service at the end of October.

Ranji has served the Markell administration as the Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, and served previously as an educational policy advisor to the Governor. Prior to her current role, she frequently appeared in the family court in private legal practice, served as Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of Governor Thomas Carper and as Director of Legal Affairs for Family Court of the State of Delaware.  While in private practice, she provided pro bono representation to domestic violence victims through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and to child abuse victims through the Office of the Child Advocate.

“Jennifer is a compassionate, dedicated public servant and has been an invaluable member of my administration,” said Governor Markell. “She has devoted her career to improving the lives of children and families and I’m confident she will continue to do so, if confirmed by the Senate.”

“I am honored to be nominated to serve as a judge on Delaware’s Family Court,” said Ranji. “I have very much appreciated the opportunity to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, alongside the 1,200 dedicated Department employees who work to support and protect Delaware’s children and families every day. If confirmed, I look forward to joining the Court in its important work on behalf of children and families in Delaware.”

Danielle Blount currently serves as Governor Markell’s deputy legal counsel. Blount served previously as a Deputy Attorney General in the Family Division of the Office of the Attorney General, and as a litigation associate for Fox Rothschild LLP. She resides in Newark with her family.

“Danielle’s impressive work in the courtroom and understanding of the issues facing our most vulnerable residents makes her an ideal fit for our Family Court,” said Governor Markell. “If confirmed by the Senate, she will continue to serve our state with distinction.”

“It is a privilege to be nominated by Governor Markell to the position of Commissioner of the Family Court of Delaware,” said Blount. “I have the utmost respect for the judges, commissioners and staff of the Family Court and if confirmed by the Senate would be honored to serve alongside them.”

Governor Markell is also nominating three judicial officers for re-appointment:  Superior Court Judge Mary Johnston, Family Court Judge Arlene Coppadge, and Justice of the Peace Court Chief Magistrate Alan Davis.

“If these outstanding judicial officers are confirmed, I am confident they will continue to serve the State of Delaware with distinction.”

The Senate is scheduled to consider these nominations during a special session on October 28.

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Governor Markell Thanks Vice Chancellor Parsons for His Service to Delaware

Wilmington, DE – Governor Jack Markell today thanked Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons, Jr. for his many years of service to the State of Delaware. Last week, Vice Chancellor Parsons informed the Governor of his decision not to seek reappointment to a second 12-year term. Vice Chancellor Parsons’s term expires on October 22, 2015.

“The Vice Chancellor’s decision to retire from the Court is a substantial loss to both the Court of Chancery and our state,” Governor Markell said. “I am pleased the Vice Chancellor has indicated he will continue serving the public after he leaves the court and that his contributions to our State, already significant, will continue. I wish the Vice Chancellor the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

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Governor Markell Nominates Andre G. Bouchard to Lead Court of Chancery

Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell today announced the nomination of Andre G. Bouchard, widely recognized as one of the country’s premier corporate law practitioners, to serve as the 21st Chancellor of the Court of Chancery. If confirmed by the Delaware Senate, Bouchard would succeed the Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr., who was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in February.

 “In nearly 30 years practicing law in Delaware, Andy Bouchard has demonstrated a remarkable ability to dissect complex legal issues and vigorously represent his clients. He is well recognized for his professionalism and ability to think quickly on his feet in the courtroom,” said Governor Markell. “His experience establishing and growing his own small business as founder of his law firm, as well as his long career before the Court of Chancery, will give him a special appreciation for the work of the court and the many and varied litigants who would appear before him in his new role.

“I am proud to nominate him to lead the world’s most influential court for corporate law and I am confident that he will build on Delaware’s reputation for judicial excellence.”

Bouchard is the managing partner of Bouchard, Margules & Friedlander P.A., a firm he and former Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb founded in 1996 as a litigation boutique focusing on corporate law litigation, partnership and alternate entity disputes, and commercial litigation. After being admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1986, Bouchard practiced for ten years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

“I am grateful and deeply honored to be nominated by Governor Markell for the position of Chancellor. Having practiced in the Court of Chancery for the past 28 years, I have seen firsthand the quality of its judges and staff, and what makes this Court the preeminent forum in the United States for resolving corporate and commercial disputes. It is a privilege to be nominated to serve as Chancellor, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Delaware in this capacity if I am fortunate enough to be confirmed by the Senate.”

Bouchard has demonstrated his passion for justice and equity by serving at the appointment of the Governor as Chairman of the Delaware Human Relations Commission; as Vice Chair of the Delaware Health Information Network; and as a member of the Governor’s Council on Equal Employment Opportunity, the Sentencing Accountability Commission and the Criminal Justice Council. His civic efforts include work with the United Way of Delaware and his present position as Vice Chair of St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees.

Bouchard graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986 and received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude in 1983 from Boston College, where he was a Truman Scholar. Recognized for his corporate law expertise beyond Delaware, Bouchard has spoken on the subject, as well as about the Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court, at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, the Tulane Corporate Law Institute and the ABA Business Law Forum, among other settings.

Bouchard graduated from Salesianum School in 1979. He now lives in Greenville with his wife AnnElise. They have two children, Hunter and Skyler.


State of Delaware Launches New International Corporate Law Website

Site features content in 10 languages

CorpLaw.Delaware.Gov

Wilmington – Governor Jack Markell joined Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr., and international attorneys to unveil a new website CorpLaw.Delaware.Gov that highlights the benefits of incorporating in Delaware. The new site features content in 10 languages, a blog with updated information, and an email subscription service for those interested in updates.

“In a globalized economy, businesses have many choices about where they locate and where they incorporate,” said Governor Jack Markell.   “This website is an important tool that will help the state of Delaware communicate and market to an ever-expanding international audience about the benefits of incorporating in Delaware.  The site will help us reach a broad international audience whose members may be weighing their options for business formation.  We want them to choose Delaware.”

The new site, corplaw.delaware.gov, features basic information on the advantages of Delaware corporate law in 10 languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish). The content is written in a straightforward and non-technical manner, making it accessible and understandable. An accompanying English language blog will feature new content and expert articles that will be refreshed on a regular basis. The website also includes a subscription feature so those interested may sign up for email updates.

Chancellor Strine said, “By creating an ongoing forum for conversation among Delaware’s corporate bar and entrepreneurs, investment bankers and corporate lawyers around the globe, the State’s Corporate Law website will deepen Delaware’s growing status as the world’s leading domicile for the formation of sophisticated business entities.   Good long-term relationships are grounded in mutual understanding and respect, and this website is an illustration of the appreciation Delaware has for the global constituents of its corporate and business laws.”

The Delaware Court of Chancery Rules Committee participated in creation of content for the site as well, forming an “Article’s Subcommittee” that has crafted expert articles that will be featured on the blog.

Secretary Bullock said, “We have long recognized the need to communicate with the international community to leverage the State of Delaware’s key strengths: our advanced corporate law, business focused Court of Chancery, our expert legal community in Delaware, and our efficient Division of Corporations. This new site allows us to communicate this message across the world.”

Paul Olden, with the law firm NautaDutilh, who provided the Dutch and French translation of the website, said of the project, “In our opinion, it is important to be aware of the high quality of Delaware law and Judiciary. In our home jurisdictions Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, we closely monitor developments on corporate governance in the US, and Delaware in particular. The importance of these developments is partly due to the popularity of Delaware as a domicile for corporations from all over the US (and beyond). Delaware law and its body of precedent case law is therefore an example for the Benelux countries.”

Fast Facts

CorpLaw.Delaware.gov features:

  • Straightforward content in 10 languages, written by experts:
  1. English,
  2. Arabic,
  3. Chinese,
  4. Dutch,
  5. French,
  6. German,
  7. Hebrew,
  8. Japanese,
  9. Portuguese, and
  10. Spanish

More languages will be added in the future.

The DECALS Blog, Decals.Delaware.Gov, which will post regular updates on Delaware Corporate Law, written by corporate attorneys and experts in the field, written in a non-technical manner (provided in English).

  • An Email Subscription Service, for those interested in regular updates delivered to their inbox.

Sign Up for Email Updates:

  1. Visit CorpLaw.Delaware.Gov
  2. Text “CORPORATIONS” to 22828
  3. Scan the below QR code with your phone QR Code

Division of Corporations
Delaware is the chosen home of more than half of the publicly traded companies in the country including 64% of the Fortune 500 and tens of thousands of corporations and LLCs based all over the world.

Photos of the event can be viewed on Flickr

Video can be found on YouTube