Leo E. Strine, Jr.

Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer on Law

Fall 2013


Leo E. Strine, Jr. was confirmed as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery on June 22, 2011. He previously served as Vice Chancellor since 1998. During his time on the Court of Chancery, he 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, Northwestern University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Southern California Law Review, Stanford Law Review and University of Toronto Law Journal. Chancellor Strine holds long-standing adjunct teaching positions at the Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt Schools of Law, where he teaches diverse classes in corporate law addressing, among other topics, mergers and acquisitions, the role of independent directors, valuation and corporate law theories. He also serves as a senior fellow of the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance, and the Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Since 2006, Chancellor Strine has served as the special judicial consultant to the ABA's Committee on Corporate Laws. Immediately before becoming a member of the Court of Chancery, Chancellor Strine was counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper of the State of Delaware. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing legal counsel to the Governor, and in 1994 assumed responsibility for overall policy coordination. Chancellor Strine played leading roles in, among other things, developing the legal strategy for litigating the New Castle County desegregation case unitary status motion, crafting the $200 million Delaware v. New York settlement and drafting the welfare reform plan "A Better Chance." Before becoming counsel to Governor Carper, Chancellor Strine was a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988, and was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif. In 1985, he received his Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. In 2000, Chancellor Strine was awarded the Order of the First State by Governor Carper, and in 2002, he received Delaware University's Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. Since 2005, he has been named as one of the nation's top lawyers and judges by Law Dragon. In 2006, he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

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