Delaware Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments at Widener Law
Web Editor - Published: March 22, 2012
“We are so privileged to have the court hear oral arguments here every year,” said Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons as she offered brief remarks before the Delaware Supreme Court convened in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on the Delaware Campus on Wednesday, March 21st to hear three cases. “The Delaware Supreme Court is consistently rated as the top state Supreme Court in the nation,” Dean Ammons concluded before the session began.

At 10:00 a.m., Delaware Supreme Court Justices Henry duPont Ridgely, Randy J. Holland, and Jack B. Jacobs then convened the court to hear oral arguments in three cases. “It’s a pleasure to be at Widener,” said Justice Holland as he welcomed the students and faculty in attendance.

The first case, Joann F. Christian v. Counseling Resource Associates Inc., was a review of a medical malpractice case filed in Delaware Superior Court for New Castle County that was decided through summary judgment in favor of the defense because information about expert testimony for Christian was not filed in time. Albert M. Greto, a 1997 Widener Law alumnus, represented Christian before the court, and 1985 graduate John D. Balaguer served as opposing counsel.

The second case, Peter Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy, was a review of a Court of Chancery dismissed in September that looked at the exculpatory clause in a limited partnership agreement.

The final case, Leonard Taylor v. State of Delaware, saw 1981 Widener Law alumnus Timothy J. Donovan Jr. represent the state of Delaware in an appeal of a murder conviction and life sentence brought by Leonard Taylor. Taylor’s counsel was seeking a new trial amid claims of improper comments by the prosecution during witness questioning at trial. In addition, the appeal claimed that trial judge should have excluded statements Taylor made to another witness.

Widener Law thanks the Justices and their staff for providing students with a wonderful opportunity to see the Delaware Supreme Court at work.