Steele's Early Departure Sparks Strine Succession Buzz

Law360, New York (September 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT) -- Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron Steele's early retirement has focused speculation on his successor, with one name — Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr. — emerging as a clear, if controversial, front-runner.

The 68-year-old chief justice will step down in November, three years before his term expires, giving Gov. Jack Markell a few months to find his replacement.

All eyes are on Chancellor Strine, the ambitious, brilliant and politically connected head of the chancery court. Interviews with more than a dozen practitioners and court watchers said the chancellor is the clear favorite, but warned that his demeanor — a sometimes charming,...

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