Former Superior Court judge named to Chancery Court

WILMINGTON — Gov. Jack Markell announced Monday he is nominating Joseph R. Slights III for the Court of Chancery.

Mr. Slights, a former Superior Court judge, would replace Vice Chancellor John Noble, who is retiring later this month. Mr. Slights was appointed to the Superior Court in 2000 and retired after the end of his 12-year term. He helped create the Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division and received several awards from the judiciary and the Delaware Bar Association during his tenure.

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“The state of Delaware lost a great asset when Judge Slights retired from the Superior Court, and I am very pleased that we will have the opportunity to bring him back into the fold,” Gov. Markell said. “Joe is an immensely talented individual, with a strong knowledge of the law and a passion for public service. If confirmed by the Senate, I am confident that his experience, work ethic and judicial temperament will go a long way to ensure that the Delaware Court of Chancery continues its well-deserved reputation as one of the greatest courts in the nation.”

Mr. Slights received an associate’s degree from Wesley College in 1983, a bachelor of science from James Madison University in 1985 and a law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1988.

After graduation, he worked for several major legal firms, holding positions with Richards, Layton & Finger P.A.; the Law Offices of Sidney Balick P.A.; and Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams LLP.

“My 12 years as a judge on the Superior Court were some of the best and most satisfying years of my professional life,” Mr. Slights said. “I am grateful to Gov. Markell for the opportunity to rejoin the Delaware judiciary. If confirmed by the Senate, I very much look forward to bringing my experience and education to bear in a way that continues the long tradition of excellence fostered by the present and past chancellors and vice chancellors of the Court of Chancery.”

Mr. Slights, like Vice Chancellor Noble, is a Democrat. His appointment would keep the court at three Democrats and two Republicans.

The Senate will vote on the nomination when the Legislature reconvenes in March.

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