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On February 28, 2014, Leo E. Strine, Jr., became the 8th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Before becoming the Chief Justice, he had served on the Delaware Court of Chancery as Chancellor since June 22, 2011, and as a Vice Chancellor since November 9, 1998.
Chief Justice Strine holds long-standing teaching positions at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he has and continues to teach diverse classes in corporate law addressing, among other topics, mergers and acquisitions, the role of independent directors, valuation, and corporate law theories. Chief Justice Strine also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance, as well as acting as an advisor to Penn’s Institute for Law & Economics. Since 2006, Chief Justice Strine has served as the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws. Since 2014, Chief Justice Strine has also been the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Mergers & Acquisitions.
Chief Justice Strine speaks and writes frequently on the subject of corporate law, and his articles have been published in The University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, among others. On several occasions, Chief Justice Strine’s articles were selected as among the Best Corporate and Securities Articles of the year, based on the choices of law professors.
Before joining the Court, Chief Justice Strine served as Counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper, and had also worked as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Chief Justice Strine was law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Chief Justice Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. In 1985, he received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar.
In 2000, Governor Carper awarded Chief Justice Strine the Order of the First State. In 2002, President David Roselle of the University of Delaware presented Chief Justice Strine with the University’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. In 2006, Chief Justice Strine was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Chief Justice Strine lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Carrie, who is an occupational therapist at the DuPont Hospital for Children, and his two sons, James and Benjamin.