Shameless Delaware Chancery Court Again Promotes Former Skadden Arps Attorney to the Equity Court

OPINION

Dear Friends,

Shamelessly, once again, the Delaware Chancery Court appoints someone from law firm Skadden Arps for one of the few roles on the court. Why is Skadden the feeder firm at the highest equity court in the land? From my view, the corruption is startling.

There have to be consequences for more of the same, which will lead to more of the same cronyism and Good Ole Boy wheeling and dealing as this court keeps everything in-house and keeps bringing in more from Skadden.

See the Law.com story below and send in your feedback on this folks. It’s always appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,

JUDSON Bennett, Coastal Network

https://www.law.com/2023/01/03/meet-the-newest-master-in-delawares-court-of-chancery/?slreturn=20230003233054

Meet the Newest Master in Delaware’s Court of Chancery

With the addition of Bonnie W. David, formerly counsel for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Wilmington office, the business court has its largest complement of personnel in its history.

January 03, 2023 at 03:40 PM

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The original version of this story was published on Delaware Business Court Insider

Bonnie W. David began serving as a master in Chancery on Tuesday, rounding out what’s now the largest Chancery bench in Delaware history.

With David, formerly counsel for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Wilmington office, onboard, all 10 positions on the Court of Chancery are now filled. With the addition of Loren Mitchell, previously a deputy attorney general for the Delaware Department of Justice, as a third master in Chancery in December, the court now has more judicial officers than ever before in an effort to accommodate growing caseloads.

David joined the master seat vacated in December by Master Patricia Griffin, who is continuing to serve on the court on a part-time basis. Her chambers are in the Court of Chancery courthouse in Georgetown.

The newest master in Chancery has represented corporations and directors in actions before both the Court of Chancery and Delaware federal court, appearing in cases disputing transactions, contracts, corporate governance and corporate statutes.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston University in 2010 and cum laude from the  University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2013, David clerked for Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III. During law school, she served as senior editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

“This court and the people and state it serves are very fortunate to get a master with the experience, intelligence, work ethic and demeanor of Bonnie David,” Glasscock said. “And personally, it is a great pleasure to welcome her back to Sussex County.”

David has authored dozens of articles on Court of Chancery matters in a number of publications, including Delaware Business Court Insider. During her time at Skadden, she has served as a director for the Delaware Bar Foundation’s governance board, the treasurer for the Court of Chancery’s historical society and an associate member of the Delaware Supreme Court’s board of bar examiners.

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.