Leo E. Strine Jr.

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Leo Strine
Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court
Assumed office
February 28, 2014
Preceded byMyron T. Steele
Personal details
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Delaware,
University of Pennsylvania (JD)

Leo E. Strine, Jr. (born 1964) is a judge in the state of Delaware. He serves as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Strine grew up in Hockessin, Delaware.[1] He graduated from A.I. DuPont High School in 1982.[1] Strine then graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988 with his J.D., after having received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Delaware in 1985. He clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was a corporate litigator[2] at the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and then Counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper.

Strine has taught at several academic institutions including the UCLA School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Vanderbilt University Law School, and the Harvard Law School and lectured at many more. He became a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery on November 9, 1998, and became Chancellor of that court on June 22, 2011. During the 2006–2007 academic year, he served as a special judicial consultant to the American Bar Association's Committee on Corporate Laws.[citation needed] Strine was confirmed as Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court on January 29, 2014.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Strine lives in Hockessin, Delaware, with his wife Carrie, an occupational therapist, and their two sons, James and Benjamin who play soccer.[4]


  • W. T. Allen, J. E. Jacobs and L. E. Strine Jr., "Realigning The Standard Of Review Of Director Due Care With Delaware Public Policy: A Critique Of Van Gorkom And Its Progeny As A Standard Of Review Problem" (2002) 96 Northwestern University Law Review 449
  • L. E. Strine, "Toward Common Sense and Common Ground? Reflections on the Shared Interests of Managers and Labor in a More Rational System of Corporate Governance" (2007) 33 Journal of Corporation Law 1
  • Strine, Leo E., A Job Is Not a Hobby: The Judicial Revival of Corporate Paternalism and Its Problematic Implications (2015). Journal of Corporation Law, Vol. 41, P. 71, 2015; U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 15-2.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marcus, David. "Leo Strine's Marvelous Adventures". Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. The Deal. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Leo E. Strine, Jr". Harvard Law School. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ Hals, Tom (29 January 2014). "Leo Strine confirmed as chief justice of Delaware's Supreme Court". Reuters. Reuters. Archived from the original on September 2, 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Governor Markell Nominates Leo E. Strine Jr. for Chief Justice of Delaware Supreme Court". news.delaware.gov. Retrieved April 17, 2014.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Myron T. Steele
Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court