Delaware Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments at Widener Law
Web Editor - Published: April 9, 2008

supreme court 1 From left, Delaware Supreme Court Justices Carolyn Berger, Randy J. Holland and Henry duPont Ridgely preside over oral arguments in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

supreme court 2Widener Law alumnus and Deputy Attorney General Kevin M. Carroll argues before the Delaware Supreme Court.

supreme court 3Widener Law alumnus and Assistant Public Defender Robert M. Goff Jr. argues before the Delaware Supreme Court.

supreme court 4Students listen to the arguments.

On Tuesday April 8th, Widener Law’s Delaware campus hosted a special session of the Delaware Supreme Court in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.

Everyone in attendance rose and stood at full attention as the panel of Supreme Court Justices entered. After everyone took their seats, Justice Randy J. Holland, a member of Widener Law’s adjunct faculty, said, “We’re very happy to be here,” before introducing Dean Linda L. Ammons. “I would like to thank the Court for providing this opportunity,” said Dean Ammons in her opening remarks, noting that Delaware’s Supreme Court is “held in high esteem across the nation.”

Members of the Widener community filled the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom to hear arguments before Justices Holland, Carolyn Berger, and Henry duPont Ridgely in the case of John Chavous v. State of Delaware. Two Widener Law alumni served as opposing counsel, with Robert M. Goff Jr., ’88, representing Mr. Chavous, and Deputy Attorney General Kevin M. Carroll, ’06, representing the state. The appeal focused on whether or not the trial judge ruled correctly in denying the defendant’s request to withdraw his guilty plea offered as part of a plea agreement with the state.

Next, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Peter Feldman v. Rory J. Cutaia, et al. This particular appeal came from a New Castle County Court of Chancery case focusing on a breach-of-fiduciary-duty allegation arising out of a merger approval.