Leo E. Strine, Jr., the Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, was confirmed to a second 12-year term on the Delaware Chancery Court by the Delaware Senate. Strine, a vice chancellor on the court, provides legal counsel to the Governor and assumes responsibility for overall policy coordination. He was first appointed to the court in 1998.
Strine has written numerous opinions, particularly in the area of corporation law. He has also authored several articles on business law topics in publications including “The Business Lawyer,” “University of Chicago Law Review,” “Cornell Law Review,” “Delaware Journal of Corporation Law,” “Duke Law Journal,” “Harvard Law Review,” and “Stanford Law Review.”
At HLS, Strine co-teaches the course Mergers, Acquisitions, and Split-Ups. (Read a February 2010 blog post about Strine’s course.
Prior to his appointment to the Chancery Court by then-Governor Tom Carper, Strine was an attorney in Carper’s office. Before becoming counsel to Governor Carper in January 1993, Strine served as a corporate litigator at the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as 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. Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware.
Strine’s first term on the Delaware Chancery Court ended Nov. 9 and provided only a 60-day grace period to remain on the bench of Delaware’s corporate law court. Since the General Assembly was not scheduled to convene until January 11, Governor Jack Markell called a one-day special session for the Senate to address Strine’s re-appointment.