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Commissioner Mark S. Vavala

  Commissioner Mark S. Vavala  The Honorable Mark S. Vavala became a Commissioner for Superior Court on June 30, 2001.

Commissioner Vavala received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and his J.D. degree with honors from Widener University School of Law in 1997. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in May, 1997 (retired 2010) and the Delaware Bar in December, 1997.

From 1987 to the present, Commissioner Vavala has been an employee of the Superior Court, holding positions from court clerk to jury manager, to Chief Deputy Prothonotary, Technology Director, and as Master for Superior Court from 1998 to 2001. He is active with the ADR program for the court. Aside from various commissioner's duties, he works in the Drug Diversion Court, performs mediations, and handles numerous other civil and criminal matters.

Commissioner Vavala was founding member and Chairman of the Delaware State Bar Association Section on Alternate Dispute Resolution, and member of the Delaware State Bar Association's Executive Committee. He has served as the Managing Chair of the Delaware Federation for Dispute Resolution, a nonprofit corporation, dedicated to furthering the use of alternatives to litigation. He also has served as a member of the News-Journal Editorial Review Board. In 2011, Commissioner Vavala received the Governor’s Team Excellence Award as part of the Superior Court Mental Health Court team.

Commissioner Vavala's present term ends January 26, 2018.