Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court has announced his retirement, effective on November 30. His Honor has been a tireless ambassador for Delaware’s Bench and Bar. He has literally travelled around the world to promote the benefits of Delaware’s corporate law and judicial system, as well as to explain to audiences in many states and countries why they should consider doing business with, or filing lawsuits in, the First State.
As the state’s top judicial officer, Chief Justice Steele has set a high standard by which his successor will be measured. He has led by example and his leadership has enforced the traditional collegiality and professionalism for which the Delaware legal community has, at least historically, been known. The local paper provides more details about the Chief Justice’s distinguished career of public service. His many opinions on corporate law, alternative entity law, and other key topics, will be studied and taught and followed for many decades to come. Best wishes to His Honor on the next chapter of his exemplary life.
The Governor will appoint a replacement, proposed by the Judicial Nominating Commission, who will also need to be confirmed by the Delaware Senate. Chief Justice Steele cannot truly be replaced. His successor can merely serve in the same position in which Chief Justice Steele served.
Postscript: A few years ago, His Honor graciously agreed to an interview for this blog and those questions and answers appear on these pages at this hyperlink.