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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Spring 2012


Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron T. Steele hosted the 2012 Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) Midyear Meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. Attendees from across the country participated in the four-day conference which included an exciting educational program focusing on "Commercial and Business Law" with renowned panelists from both the United States and abroad. The Chief Justice will begin his term as President of CCJ in August 2012.

Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs was one of the featured panelists at a conference on Corporate Governance and Long-Term, "Patient" Capital hosted by the Brookings Institute on March 14, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Justice Jacobs, along with his fellow panel of experts, explored policy and regulatory mechanisms which incentivize the business sector to refocus on longer-term time horizons and "patient" business practices. Justice Jacobs gave the keynote address at the recent Executive Compensation Director's Forum in New York City on December 2, 2011. The two-day conference was presented by the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Conference Board Governance Center. Panelists from a broad range of disciplines discussed topics relating to executive compensation including peer grouping and its role in the compensation process as well as viewpoints from the institutional investor and legal perspectives on compensation structure.

The Court of Chancery was recently praised at a conference hosted by Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. The day-long conference celebrated the court's prestige and great impact in the New York legal community and credited the court as a major draw for huge numbers of companies, partnerships, and trusts to incorporate in Delaware, reaping significant economic benefits for the state. Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, other Delaware judges, and former judges participated as speakers and panelists at the conference. In addition, more than 300 academics and attorneys, including Delaware attorneys, attended the conference.

Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. hosted a delegation of Veterans Administration officers and specialists on December 2, 2011 to view the Kent County Veterans Court in action. The delegation represented many states including Massachusetts, Virginia, Mississippi, and Texas. Although there are Veterans Courts in other states, Delaware is the first statewide program and the first to combine both diversion and probation into the program.

Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Service to the Courts and the Bar Award. The yearly award is presented to the Delaware judge or lawyer who "by exemplary service to the Delaware Courts and the Delaware Bar has substantially assisted the Courts and the Bar and strengthened public trust and confidence in the State's court system and the administration of justice." One of the many reasons Judge Jurden received the 2011 Award was for her leadership in establishing the Superior Court Mental Health Court.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Andrea L. Rocanelli spoke at the Delaware Chamber of Commerce on February 7, 2012, discussing the Court of Common Pleas' problem-solving efforts, including the Court's drug diversion program and the Court's consumer debt collection actions. Judge Rocanelli also spoke about her involvement with the Delaware Coalition on Health and Justice. The coalition, which is funded through an Office of the Women's Health grant, seeks to identify alternative approaches to addressing prostitution in our community.

Family Court Chief Judge Chandlee Johnson Kuhn presented on March 5, 2012 at the 23rd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. The Chief Judge presented on the topic of "Addressing Gun Violence in Juvenile Court Promotes Community Safety and Rehabilitation." Chief Judge Kuhn also spoke at the National Council of Juvenile Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships on March 12, 2012 in New York. She presented alongside Kerrin C. Wolf, J.D., Ph.D., on the topic of "Fightin' and Fussin' - An Examination of School Arrests, Adjudications, and Dispositions in Delaware."