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June 8, 2011

Markell Announces Nominations of Vice Chancellor Leo Strine As Chancellor And Master Sam Glasscock As Vice Chancellor

Experienced Judicial Officers Have 24 Years of Combined Service To the Court of Chancery

WILMINGTON – Governor Jack Markell announced Wednesday that he will nominate the Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr. to serve as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery. Strine, an expert on corporation law, has served as a Vice Chancellor since 1998. Strine would fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Chancellor William B. Chandler III, whose last day will be June 17, 2011.

The Governor also announced that if Strine is confirmed by the Senate, he will nominate the Honorable Sam Glasscock, III to the vacancy created in the office of Vice Chancellor. Glasscock has served as Master in Chancery since 1999. In that role, Glasscock has heard hundreds of matters as assigned by the Chancellor, and oversees a docket of corporate disputes, real property and land use cases, guardianships, trust and will disputes, and other matters.

"Vice Chancellor Strine has been a leading voice in corporate America and a proud advocate for our State and the Court of Chancery," said Markell. "The role of Chancellor has a long and distinguished history in this State, and I am confident that if Strine is confirmed, he can continue and build upon that tradition of excellence."

"I am honored by the Governor's nomination to lead the Court of Chancery," Strine said. "Since I was 28 years old, I have had the privilege to serve my state and recognize how critical our Court is to the citizens of Delaware, and indeed to our entire nation. If the Senate confirms me, I will do my utmost to continue our Court's tradition of delivering timely and well-reasoned decisions in all our cases, providing sensible and predictable interpretations of our corporate law to business planners, and giving investors a forum they know will vindicate the important rights accorded to them by Delaware law."

"For more than a decade, Master Glasscock has contributed to the Court's reputation for responsiveness and expertise," said Markell. "We are lucky to have had his service as Master, and I am confident he will be an excellent addition to the bench if he is confirmed."

"The Court of Chancery is an institution like no other," said Glasscock. "I have been honored to work with Chancellor Chandler, Vice Chancellor Strine, and the other members of the court. If I am confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to joining them and serving the people of Delaware in this important way."
“These are two great nominations,” said Chancellor William Chandler. “If confirmed, Strine and Glasscock will help ensure that the Court is very strong in the future. I am pleased for the Court and our State.”

Strine is a graduate of the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to becoming Vice Chancellor, Strine was legal counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper and an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Wilmington. Strine has also served as an adjunct professor or lecturer at Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Duke University School of Law, UCLA Law School, and other institutions. Strine is a frequent lecturer on the subject of corporation law and has authored numerous articles. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Strine lives in Hockessin.

Glasscock is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Duke University School of Law. He also has a Masters in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware. Prior to becoming a Master on the Court of Chancery, Glasscock was a deputy attorney general in the appeals unit of the Department of Justice, a special discovery master for the Superior Court, and an associate with Prickett, Jones, Elliott, Kristol, & Schnee in Wilmington. Glasscock lives in Lewes.

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