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Senate Confirms Judge Vaughn for Delaware Supreme Court

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 DOVER, Del. - The Delaware Senate unanimously confirmed Wednesday the nomination of Judge James T. Vaughn, Jr. to serve as a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court, replacing Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired on September 1.

Vaughn has been a Superior Court for 15 years and has served as President Judge since 2004. Before his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Vaughn spent 22 years as an attorney in private practice, first at Vaughn & Vaughn, then at Vaughn & Nicholas, and finally at Schmittinger & Rodriguez.

"Justice Vaughn is an accomplished and well-respected jurist whose integrity and commitment to justice are second to none," said Governor Markell. "I believe he will make an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court, and I thank the members of the Senate for their consideration and swift confirmation of his nomination."     

In addition to his record in the courtroom, Judge Vaughn has devoted countless hours as a public servant representing residents of Kent County. He was a member of the Clayton Town Council from 1979 - 1989, including three years as President, and was then elected to the Smyrna School Board, on which he served from 1989 - 1994 and spent three years as President of the Board. Community organizations in which he has been a member include the Smyrna-Clayton Rotary and St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Vaughn, 65, graduated from Duke University in 1971 and received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1976. He is a Dover native who now lives in Smyrna and is a former member of the Clayton town council and the Smyrna school board.

Markell announced the nomination last month.  "I am very honored and humbled to receive the Governor's appointment to succeed Justice Berger," said Judge Vaughn following the nomination announcement, "If I am confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving Delaware's citizens as part of the state's highest court."

Vaughn's father, the late James Vaughn Sr., was a former state corrections commissioner who also served more than 25 years in the state Senate.

Senators also unanimously confirmed Bradley Manning, an attorney in the public defender's office, to become a Superior Court commissioner and James Collins as head of the Department of Technology and Information. Collins is a former director of the Division of Professional Regulation and most recently served as Markell's deputy chief of staff.
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