Markell picks three women for judicial posts

DOVER — Gov. Jack Markell said Tuesday he has made three nominations for soon-to-be open judicial positions.

Two of the nominees are currently members of the executive branch.

Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families Secretary Jennifer Ranji. (Delaware State News file photo/Dave Chambers)

Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families Secretary Jennifer Ranji. (Delaware State News file photo/Dave Chambers)

Corporate lawyer Tamika Montgomery-Reeves was selected to become a vice chancellor of the Court of Chancery.

Jennifer Ranji, secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, and Danielle Blount, the governor’s deputy legal counsel, were nominated for Family Court posts.

Ms. Montgomery-Reeves is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, focusing on corporate governance, navigation of corporate fiduciary duties and corporate litigation.

She previously worked in the securities and corporate governance department of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.

She would succeed Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons Jr., whose term is set to expire Oct. 22.

Ms. Ranji has served as secretary since May 2013 after her predecessor, Vivian Medinilla, was named to the Superior Court.

Ms. Ranji previously had been an educational policy adviser to Gov. Markell and worked for the state in multiple posts before that.

She would succeed Judge William Chapman Jr., who plans to return to private practice.

Ms. Blount had been a deputy attorney general in the Family Division of the Attorney General’s Office. She would take over for retiring Commissioner Mary Ann Herlihy.

Gov. Markell said Ms. Montgomery-Reeves “has the intellectual ability and strong work ethic necessary to serve on Delaware’s Court of Chancery,” he said.

He praised Ms. Blount as a “compassionate, dedicated public servant.”

Ms. Ranji’s “impressive work in the courtroom and understanding of the issues facing our most vulnerable residents makes her an ideal fit for our Family Court,” the governor said.

The three will be heard by the Senate in a special session Oct. 28.

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