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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Spring 2013


The Justice of the Peace Court is excited to begin another Basic Legal Education Criminal Module for its recently appointed judges. The Justice of the Peace Court is welcoming Judge Christopher Portante, Judge Rochelle Knapp and Judge Cheryl McCabe Stroman to the bench. Judge Portante has been appointed to fill a vacancy in New Castle County. He comes to the Court after six years with the Delaware Department of State, where he served as Chief of Community Relations. He also previously served as a Community Relations Officer for the Delaware Division of Public Health and as a media analyst and staff operations officer for the CIA. He is a graduate of Connecticut College with degrees in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Judge Rochelle Knapp has been appointed to fill a vacancy in Sussex County. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Delaware State University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University. During her
time at law school, she worked for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, serving in the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. She comes to the bench from her position as paralegal at the law firm of Schmittinger and Rodriguez.

Judge McCabe Stroman was appointed to fill a vacancy in New Castle County. Judge McCabe-Stroman joins the Court from Intercultural Family Services in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In 2012 she taught ethical topics in professional counseling at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.  She has a B.A. and J.D. from Temple University, a M.S. Ed. From University of Pennsylvania and is a doctoral candidate who is expected to receive her Ph.D. in Education in May 2015. 

The new Justice of the Peace Court judges will commence their Basic Legal Education Training on May 28, 2013 and will spend seven weeks in a variety of classroom and courtroom settings, attending a total of 29 different classes and concluding with a series of mock trials. The Court looks forward to these great additions to our bench.

For further information, contact jody.huber@delaware.gov