Today the Court has released an announcement regarding the assignment of existing and new cases to District Judges and a modified plan for the utilization of magistrate judges. The announcement is available here.
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware today released the following announcement:
District of Delaware Welcomes Judges Connolly and Noreika
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware is pleased to welcome the Honorable Colm F. Connolly and the Honorable Maryellen Noreika as United States District Court Judges.
On August 1, 2018, the Senate confirmed Colm F. Connolly and Maryellen Noreika as the District of Delaware’s newest District Judges. Connolly will fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Sue L. Robinson, and Noreika will fill the seat vacated by Senior Judge Gregory M. Sleet. These confirmations return the District of Delaware to a full complement of District Judges.
Today the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the nominations of Colm F. Connolly and Maryellen Noreika to be United States District Judges for the District of Delaware, bringing the District of Delaware one step closer to returning to full strength. The nominations will next be voted on by the full Senate.
Colm Connolly is a partner with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he manages the Wilmington office as a member of the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practice groups. He joined Morgan Lewis in 2009, after serving eight years as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. Before his confirmation as United States Attorney, Mr. Connolly spent more than two years as a partner in the Wilmington law firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. Prior to joining Morris Nichols, Mr. Connolly served for seven years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware and as a law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Connolly earned his B.A., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and his J.D., with honors, from the Duke University School of Law.
Maryellen Noreika is a partner in the Wilmington law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP where she began her career as an associate upon graduation from law school in 1993. During her 24 years at Morris Nichols, Ms. Noreika has served as counsel in more than 500 cases, while specializing in patent law, and representing parties in cases involving biotechnology, chemistry, consumer products, computer science, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Noreika earned her B.S. from Lehigh University, her M.A. in biology from Columbia University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and served as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware today announced a new procedure for the assignment of cases to visiting judges in light of the District’s two District Judge vacancies. The Court’s announcement includes the following key points:
1. The Clerk of Court will immediately start reassigning a portion of Senior Judge Robinson’s cases to a visiting judge, with the majority of the remainder of her cases to be reassigned once she retires in July.
2. All new civil cases will continue to be assigned to Chief Judge Stark, Judge Andrews, Senior Judge Sleet, and the Vacant Judgeship docket.
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced today that the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet will become a Senior United States District Court Judge as of May 1, 2017, and intends to render substantial judicial service in that role going forward.
The Court’s official announcement regarding Judge Sleet can be viewed HERE.
The United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced today that, coinciding with the celebration of her birthday, the Honorable Sue L. Robinson has become a Senior United States District Court Judge. Judge Robinson intends to serve the District of Delaware as a Senior Judge until this summer.
The Court, in light of Judge Robinson’s new role, will be modifying case assignment practices effective immediately. Specifically, Judge Robinson will not receive new criminal or civil case assignments. Until the vacancy left by Judge Robinson is filled, some civil cases will be assigned to a “Vacant Judgeship” and referred to one of Magistrate Judges Thynge, Burke, or Fallon, who will have full authority to manage the Vacant Judgeship docket to the extent permitted by law. As needed, cases on Judge Robinson’s docket or the Vacant Judgeship docket will be reassigned to one of the active District Judges.
The Court’s official announcement outlining these changes can be viewed HERE.
The agenda for the District of Delaware 2016 Bench and Bar Conference has been released and is available below. To register for the conference, please visit this link. To reserve a hotel room at the discounted conference rate, please visit this link. We hope to see you on May 19 and 20!
Registration is now open for the 2016 District of Delaware Bench & Bar Conference May 19-20, 2016 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington, Delaware Riverfront. To register, click here.
The program will include nationally recognized practitioners and federal judges speaking on cutting edge issues in Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Intellectual Property law. Confirmed speakers include judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Federal Circuits; United States Courts for the Districts of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, Eastern and Northern Texas, and California; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Districts of Delaware and Southern New York; as well as nationally respected practitioners from the public and private sectors. The program will conclude with a panel of former Solicitors General discussing high stakes litigation in federal court. An updated agenda will available at defba.org in the coming weeks.
We hope to see you in May!