Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2014


Delaware Judiciary Recognized

Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court was the honored guest jurist at the 8th annual Columbia-Ono Corporate Law Symposium in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 9, 2014. In addition, Justice Holland has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics.  This honor is awarded once a year by the American Inns of Court in recognition of a lawyer or judge who has demonstrated exemplary service in the areas of legal excellence, professionalism, and ethics. The award will be presented at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence held at the Supreme Court of the United States on October 25, 2014 and hosted by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg.    

After nearly 30 years on the bench, Justice Jack B. Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court retired from the Delaware Supreme Court on June 25, 2014. Justice Jacobs was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by Governor Ruth Ann Minner from the Court of Chancery where he served as Vice Chancellor from 1985. Prior to joining the Court of Chancery, Justice Jacobs practiced corporate and business litigation in Wilmington at the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. Justice Jacobs authored and co-authored numerous articles and spoke on issues related to corporate law in various venues. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, a law degree from Harvard University, and an LLD from Widener University. In addition to his duties on the bench, Justice Jacobs has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Law Schools of New York University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and Widener University. He is a member of the American Law Institute, where he served as an Advisor to its Restatement (Third) of Restitution and its Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance. After his retirement from the bench, Justice Jacobs joined the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.

Justice Henry duPont Ridgely of the Delaware Supreme Court was a panelist at the Annual Meeting of P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands in February 2014. Justice Ridgely discussed financial derivatives in the courts on a panel that included U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Stong, Justice V. K. Rajah of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and Judge Natalia Pavlova of the Russian Supreme Commercial Court. During his visit, Justice Ridgely also lectured on Delaware corporate law and the chartering of corporations in Delaware at Leiden University and Rotterdam University.

Governor Jack A. Markell appointed Delaware Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn, Jr., to the Delaware Criminal Background and Child Protection Registry Checks Task Force on January 13, 2014.  President Judge Vaughn also participated in Read Across America on March 7, 2014 and provided comments to the Smyrna Little League players on opening day, April 12, 2014.  President Judge Vaughn also served as a panelist for the Superior Court Complex Commercial Litigation Division at the Delaware's Business Courts: Recent Developments and Best Practices, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association on May 1, 2014.  Lastly, President Judge Vaughn looks forward to administering the oath to the new Delaware State Police Troopers in August as he has done in the past.

After 24 years on the Bench, the Honorable Charles H. Toliver IV retired from the Delaware Superior Court on May 3, 2014. Initially appointed in 1990 by Governor Michael N. Castle, Judge Toliver was reappointed in 2002 by Governor Thomas R. Carper. Judge Toliver was particularly committed to Reentry Court which focused on reducing the rate of recidivism among released jailed offenders. Prior to his appointments, Judge Toliver worked for the law firms of Leonard L. Williams & Associates and Biggs & Battaglia. Judge Toliver joined the law firm of Morris James LLP.

Judge Jan R. Jurden of the Delaware Superior Court delivered the keynote address at The Raymond C. Radulski Workers' Compensation Seminar on May 7, 2014. Judge Jurden also presented on Mental Health Court at the State of Delaware Crisis Intervention Team Training on May 9, 2014 and on Delaware Superior Court practice at a Continuing Legal Education Seminar sponsored by the Litigation Section of the Delaware State Bar Association on May 16, 2014.  She also served on two panels " "The Complementary Nature of The Court of Chancery and The Superior Court Complex Commercial Litigation Division" and "Selection of Venue and Best Practices Including Expert Discovery, E-Discovery and Technology Available in Delaware Courts" " at the Delaware's Business Courts: Recent Developments and Best Practices, Continuing Legal Education Program, also sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association, on May 16, 2014.

Patricia W. Griffin, State Court Administrator, recently joined the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve administration of justice through leadership and service to the nation's state courts.  She will serve a four year term on the Board.  In addition, she was elected Vice President of the Conference of State Court Administrator (COSCA), an organization established in 1955 to provide a national forum to assist state court administrators across the country in developing a more just, effective and efficient system of justice.  She is Delaware's first state court administrator to serve in either position.  As Vice President, Pat is anticipated to assume the position of President of COSCA in August 2016.