Sitting judge tapped to head Del. Chancery Court

AP News
Posted: Jun 08, 2011 1:05 PM
Sitting judge tapped to head Del. Chancery Court

Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a sitting judge on Delaware's Court of Chancery, a closely watched venue for legal disputes involving many of the nation's largest corporations, to replace retiring Chancellor William Chandler III.

Markell announced Wednesday that he has tapped vice chancellor Leo Strine Jr. to replace Chandler. If Strine is confirmed by the state Senate, Markell will nominate Sam Glasscock III, who has served as a master of chancery since 1999, to become vice chancellor.

Strine is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served as legal counsel to Gov. Thomas Carper before becoming a vice chancellor in 1998.

Glasscock is a graduate of Duke University School of Law.

Chandler is retiring after more than 20 years on the five-member court, including 14 as chancellor.