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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2009


Photo of Judiciary being recognized
Pictured from left to right: Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Justice Carolyn Berger, Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, Justice Randy J. Holland, Speaker of the House Robert F. Gilligan and Representative V. George Carey

Justice Randy J. Holland of the Supreme Court received tributes from the Delaware State Senate, the House of Representatives, and Governor Jack Markell on June 16, 2009 for being the longest serving justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. Justice Holland was appointed to the Supreme Court on December 12, 1988 and was the youngest member to be appointed to the Court.

Justice Jack B. Jacobs of the Supreme Court gave the 15th Annual Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice. His lecture, which was entitled “The Reach of State Corporate Law Beyond State Borders; Reflections Upon Federalism”, was hosted by the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration, the Brennan Center for Justice and New York University School of Law.

Judge Jan R. Jurden of the Superior Court was the recipient of the 2009 Sylvia H. Rambo Award presented by the Women’s Law Caucus of Pennsylvania State University and Dickinson School of Law. The Women’s Law Caucus honors a woman in the legal profession who has had a distinguished career and who, by example, has made the professional success of women more likely. Judge Jurden was the fifteenth recipient of this prestigious award.

Photo of Judge Rocanelli taking the oath of office
Chief Justice Myron T. Steele giving the oath of office to Judge Rocanelli, who is being assisted by her husband, Todd Veale.
Photograph by Elisa Komins Morris of Wilmington, Delaware

Photo of Judge Reigle taking oath of office

Judge Charles W. Welch, III giving the oath of office to Judge Reigle, assisted by her children, Blake and Kristen.
Photograph by Eric Young of Young’s Studio in Dover

Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb of the Court of Chancery retired on July 28 after serving 12 years on the Court.  He will become a partner with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison on September 1, 2009. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Vice Chancellor Lamb practiced in the area of corporate and securities litigation both with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, where he was a partner from 1983 to 1995, and then as a principal in several smaller firms.

Judge Jay Paul James of the Court of Common Pleas retired on January 1, 2009. He had served for over 11 years on the Court of Common Pleas and for over 19 years on the Family Court.  Prior to serving on the bench, Judge James was a Deputy Attorney General before becoming a partner in the law firm of Morris, James, Hitchens and Williams. In addition to serving as a senior judge in Court of Common Pleas on occasion, he is enjoying time with his family.

Photo of Judge Reigle taking oath of office

Judge Merrill C. Trader, pictured with his wife, Mary, received the Order of the First State award from Governor Markell in April 2009, in honor of his retirement in February 2009 after 37 years of outstanding judicial service to Delaware.
Photograph by Eric Young of Young’s Studio in Dover