Seitz, Montgomery-Reeves Supreme Court nominations confirmed

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The Delaware State Senate confirmed Gov. John Carney’s nominations of Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. to serve as the next Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, and Vice-Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court, replacing Seitz.

Montgomery-Reeves will become the first African American to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court.

The appointments are expected to reassure a corporate law community that worried that former Chief Justice Leo Strine was moving the court too far to the left, despite its largely mainstream decisions.

Of late, the retiring chief Jusitce has publicly stated that corporations have been overly conerned with shareholders rights to the exclusion of employees, communities and other stakeholders

Carney released the following statement:

“Thank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for their votes to confirm Justice Seitz as our next Chief Justice. Justice Seitz is one of Delaware’s finest legal minds, and has the judgment, sense of fairness, and experience necessary to maintain and build on the Delaware courts’ reputation as objective, stable, and nonpartisan.

Crney continued, “Since 2015, Vice-Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves has served with distinction on Delaware’s Court of Chancery – our country’s premier venue for corporate litigation,” said Governor Carney. “Before her appointment to the Court of Chancery, Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves practiced corporate law in Wilmington and New York. She has the experience and sense of justice necessary to serve on our Supreme Court. Thank you to the members of the Delaware Senate for their votes to confirm these two nominees.”

The confirmations comes as a group known as Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware has continued to criticize the Delaware court system for among other things a lack of diversity and Chancery Court for allowing chancellors to choose their own cases, rather than using a lottery system.

Delaware State Bar Association President William Brady has said the group’s actions are a front for an unhappy litigant in the TransPerfect case. Although, Philip Shawe won control of the company, he has continued to criticize the court system and Chancellor Andre Bouchard.

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