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Carolyn Berger

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Carolyn Berger
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Current Court Information:
Delaware Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Thomas Carper
Active:   1994-2014
Past post:   Vice chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Past term:   1984-1994
Past post 2:   Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Past term 2:   1979-1984
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Rochester, 1969
Law School:   Boston University School of Law, 1976
Grad. School:   Boston University School of Education, 1971

Carolyn Berger was an associate justice of the five member Delaware Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court by Governor Thomas Carper on July 22, 1994.[1] Berger was the first female to serve on the court. In June 2014, she announced her retirement, effective September 1, 2014.[2]


Berger earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1969. She received a master's degree in elementary education in 1971 from the Boston University School of Education and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1976.[1]


Awards and associations


  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Widener University School of Law [1]


  • Associate member, Board of Bar Examiners
  • Former president, Milton & Hattie Kutz Home
  • Former vice-president, Milton & Hattie Kutz Home
  • Member, Community Advisory Council of the Junior League of Wilmington
  • Board of directors, Jewish Federation
  • Board of directors, Delaware Region National Conference of Christians & Jews [1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Berger received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.55, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.35 that justices received in Delaware. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

See also

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