Delaware Superior Court Judge Vaughn Nominated to State Supreme Court

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Sept. 23 — Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) Sept. 23 announced the nomination of state superior court Judge James T. Vaughn, Jr. to the state's high court.

Vaughn is a 15-year veteran of the Delaware Superior Court, serving as presiding judge since 2004. He will replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired effective Sept. 1.

The Delaware General Assembly will convene for a special session Oct. 8 to confirm Vaughn.

“For more than 15 years, President Judge Vaughn has served our state with distinction and integrity as a member of the Superior Court,” said Governor Markell in a press release. “If confirmed by the Senate, his experience, his wisdom, and his commitment to justice will make him an outstanding addition to Delaware's highest court.”

Added Vaughn, “I am very honored and humbled to receive the Governor's appointment to succeed Justice Berger. If I am confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving Delaware's citizens as part of the state's highest court.”

Vaughn, 65, obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Delaware Bar the same year. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1971.

Supreme Court Turnover

Berger, who was the first female member of the Delaware Court of Chancery and the state supreme court, announced her retirement in June. Berger's announcement came just three days after Markell announced his replacement for outgoing state supreme court Justice Jack Jacobs.

Karen L. Valihura, who was sworn in July 25, replaced Jacobs, who retired effective June 24 of this year.

Earlier this year, Leo E. Strine Jr. was sworn in as the eighth chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, replacing former Chief Justice Myron Steele, who served as chief justice from May 2005 until his retirement in November 2013.

Governor Markell's press release is available at

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