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Gov. John Carney nominates two for Court of Chancery

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Governor John Carney on Thursday announced two nominees for judicial appointment to the Court of Chancery. The Delaware Senate plans to consider the nominations during a special session on October 3. These are the candidates:

Hon. Morgan Zurn, Court of Chancery: Morgan Zurn is currently serving as a Master on the Court of Chancery, where she presides over trials and motions involving all subjects within the Court’s jurisdiction. Prior to joining the Court of Chancery, Master Zurn worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice, in the Consumer Protection Unit and, later, arguing appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court. Master Zurn was also a patent litigator in private practice, and she served as a law clerk for The Honorable Richard G. Andrews on the District Court for the District of Delaware. She holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and she holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia.

“I saw immediately Master Zurn’s breadth of knowledge, devotion to public service and passion for her work,” said Carney. “She has earned an outstanding reputation as an advocate and judicial officer, exhibiting intelligence, diligence, efficiency and integrity. Master Zurn has met the high standards of our Court of Chancery and I am pleased that she will be able to expand her contribution to the court and State.”

Kathaleen McCormick, Court of Chancery: Kathaleen “Katie” McCormick is a Partner in the Corporate Counseling and Litigation Section of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, where her focus is corporate, commercial and alternative entity litigation in the Court of Chancery. McCormick has extensive experience advising and litigating on behalf of clients in a variety of substantive areas, including corporation and alternative entity law, mergers and acquisitions, derivative claims, control disputes, compensation disputes, indemnification and advancement, and data privacy. McCormick has also handled significant public interest litigation for and against the State of Delaware. Before joining Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, McCormick was in private practice at a Delaware firm, and she handled public interest matters statewide through the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. McCormick holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and an A.B. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Harvard University.

“Katie McCormick is an experienced Chancery lawyer, with knowledge both deep and broad that will make her an immediate asset to the court,” said Carney. “Katie impressed me with her sharp mind, strong work ethic and commitment to public service. She will be an outstanding jurist and representative for the court and State.”

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