WILMINGTON — Kathaleen S. McCormick, a graduate of Smyrna High School, was sworn in for her first term as chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery on Thursday in a private ceremony at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington.
Chancellor McCormick decided to forgo a large investiture ceremony in favor of a small, short ceremony due to the ongoing pandemic. Retired Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard administered the oath of office, as Chancellor McCormick’s daughter, Fiona Fawcett, held the Bible.
In taking the oath, Chancellor McCormick becomes the first woman to hold the position of chancellor in the court’s 229-year history.
She first joined the Court of Chancery in November 2018 as a vice chancellor, occupying one of two positions created that year in the historic expansion of the Court of Chancery from five to seven judges.
Prior to joining the bench, Chancellor McCormick was a partner in the Delaware law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, where she focused her practice on litigating in the Court of Chancery. Before entering private practice, the chancellor was a staff attorney with the Community Legal Aid Society Inc.
Chancellor McCormick received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.