Sitting judge, government lawyer nominated for Supreme Court

Posted on 04-17-2023

A Delaware Superior Court judge and a Wilmington lawyer who specializes in working with municipalities and governments have been nominated by Gov. John Carney to fill seats on the Delaware Supreme Court.

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Judge Abigail LeGrow and N. Christopher Griffiths will require confirmation by the Delaware Senate before taking the seat held by Justice Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves, who was appointed to a federal appeals court, and the seat that will be vacated by retiring Justice James T. Vaughn Jr.

Griffiths is the second Black lawyer nominated to the state’s Supreme Court in its 230-plus year history, noted Citizens for Judicial Fairness,  which has spent millions advocating for judges of color for Delaware’s courts.

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Griffiths is a partner at Connolly Gallagher LLP focusing on administrative and government law; corporate and commercial litigation; bankruptcy law; and general litigation. according to his biography.

Before entering private practice, Chris served as a wealth manager for the Wilmington Trust Co. and the Vanguard Group.

He received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. He also is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Salesianum School.

“I believe both Judge LeGrow and Chris Griffiths have the experience, knowledge and commitment to public service necessary to serve on the Supreme Court,” Carney said in a statement. “Judge LeGrow brings experience from various Delaware courts, and Chris brings extensive litigation expertise. I want to thank these two qualified nominees for their willingness to serve the people of the State of Delaware, and I look forward to the Senate considering their nominations.”

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Betsy Price
Betsy Price
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.