Look, folks, if you have been paying attention in recent years, you’ll know that I am an advocate against some of the actions I have observed by the law firm of Skadden Arps. Indeed, after I saw, in my opinion, how they dominated the Chancery Court in the recent TransPerfect case, which made countless headlines from the procedures that took place in this Court over the past few years, I am simply amazed? It appears to me from the complaints I have received and the apparent incessant situation I have witnessed, that Skadden has possibly turned TransPerfect into their own monetary printing press! Outrageously, their billing of TransPerfect apparently continues to this day! I cannot understand this?
The Dover Post story below points out flaws in the Delaware courts and shows where change is needed. And chief among the offenders of this is the Skadden Arps firm, which, as I see it, is where these offenders learn their tradecraft and then move through the ranks of the Delaware Chancery Court and upper court system.
And now, on top of all of this, Skadden Aprs and Andre Bouchard’s Chancery Court is now facing racism charges and has been called upon by Reverend Al Sharpton to increase diversity and inclusion efforts. After Tamika Montgomery–Reeves’ move to Delaware’s Supreme Court, the Chancery Court is now back to its all-white status quo.
As an aside, Diversity Claims and Affirmative Action after years of it, are certainly not my priority, however, it is in the news and worth mentioning.
See the Dover Post story below for the changes being demanded at the Chancery Court.
By Emily Lytle
Originally Published in the Dover Post: Jan. 15, 2020
Pastors and community members rallied outside Legislative Hall Jan. 15.
The Rev. Dale Dennis II of Hoyt Memorial C.M.E in Wilmington led a rally in Dover to advocate for more African American representation in Delaware’s courts. He said he is fighting for his young daughter.
“As a diverse state, we must begin to make sure that people can see themselves as the future and the right-now of America,” Dennis said.
He joined the Rev. Blaine Hackett of St. John Africa Methodist Church, the Rev. Alfred S. Parker Jr., president of Methodist Ministers’ Alliance, and several residents outside Legislative Hall as the Delaware Senate Executive Committee considered Paul Fioravanti Jr.’s nomination to the Court of Chancery Jan. 15.
Fioravanti’s nomination was later confirmed. He will replace Justice Tameeka Montgomery-Reeves who became the first African American judge on the state Supreme Court Jan. 3.
“Paul’s litigation experience and judgment will serve our state well on the Court of Chancery, our country’s premier venue for corporate litigation,” Gov. John Carney said in a statement. “I want to thank members of the Delaware Senate for considering and confirming his nomination.”
Hackett believes there needs to be a greater African American presence to speak up for the more than 60% of Delaware’s prison population that is black.
“Black folk, we are being pushed farther under the totem pole,” Hackett said. “We’re out here shedding our blood. We’re out here being beat and incarcerated at levels like no other race. And yet nobody is fighting our cause, championing our cause, very few.”
Four of the 34 justices who serve on the three highest courts in Delaware are people of color.
The rally came after civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton was denied the opportunity to testify about diversity in the state’s courts at the hearing. He has visited Delaware to talk about this over the past several months and wrote to law firm Skadden Arps, calling for elite firms to do their part in advancing people of color in the legal industry.
“To say that I am disappointed I was denied the opportunity to testify before the Delaware State Senate on the matter of [Mr. Fioravanti’s] confirmation would be an understatement,” Sharpton said in a separate statement released to Delaware Business Now. “Diversity transferred is not diversity created or advanced. Delaware must do better. Governor Carney and the State Legislature must do better. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue further with them, and will not rest until we address this injustice.”
Representatives from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware attended the rally and supported the leading pastors.
“It’s disappointing the Senate chose not to hear from Reverend Sharpton, whose moral credibility on issues of racial justice is beyond question, but today’s rally showed just how important this issue is to countless Delawareans,” said Chris Coffey, campaign manager for Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware.
Dennis said this is a change that cannot wait.
“We must continue to make sure that when our children look at our courts, our children see people who look like them and remind them of what their future can be and allow them to know that they can overcome any obstacle and they can achieve anything in the great United States of America,” Dennis said. “But, it starts with us holding our feet to the fire to say that it is absolutely important for us to make sure that our courts are diverse. And it’s time for diversity now.”