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Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate Confirmations of Judicial Nominations

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday issued the following statement on the Delaware Senate’s confirmation of judicial nominations to the Court of Chancery, the Superior Court, and the Court of Common Pleas:

“Thank you to the Delaware Senate for confirming these members of our world-class judiciary who will continue their service to Delaware,” said Governor Carney. “The Delaware Court of Chancery is Delaware’s preeminent business court, and Vice Chancellor McCormick will use her experience to make sure it’s well prepared for the future as the next Chancellor.”

The Senate confirmed the following judicial nominations on Wednesday:

Vice Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick was confirmed as Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. McCormick will be the first woman to serve as Chancellor and will replace Chancellor Andre Bouchard, who is retiring. McCormick was nominated by Governor Carney to serve as Vice Chancellor and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in 2018. Previously, she was a partner in Wilmington at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, where her practice focused on commercial, corporate, and alternative entity litigation in the Court of Chancery.

Judge Jeffrey Clark was confirmed as Resident Judge of Superior Court in Kent County and will replace Judge William Witham, who is retiring. Clark was nominated to serve on the Superior Court and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in 2015. Previously, Clark was a Partner at Schmittinger & Rodriguez in Dover.

Judge Carl Danberg was confirmed as Chief Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and will replace Chief Judge Alex Smalls, who is retiring. Danberg was nominated to serve on the Court of Common Pleas in 2013 and confirmed by the Delaware Senate. Danberg previously served as Attorney General of the State of Delaware, and Commissioner of the Delaware Department of Correction.

Justice of the Peace Court Magistrate Emily Ferrell was confirmed as Commissioner on the Court of Common Pleas. Ferrell has served since 2015 as a Justice of the Peace, presiding over both criminal and civil matters. Previously, Ferrell served as staff counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.