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|Current Court Information:|
|Delaware Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Thomas Carper|
|Past post:||Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery|
|Past post 2:||Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom|
|Past term 2:||1979-1984|
|Undergraduate:||University of Rochester, 1969|
|Law School:||Boston University School of Law, 1976|
|Grad. School:||Boston University School of Education, 1971|
Carolyn Berger is an associate justice of the five member Delaware Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court by Governor Thomas Carper on July 22, 1994. Berger is the first female to serve on the court. In June 2014, she announced her retirement, effective September 1, 2014. Her term was set to expire in July 2018.
Berger earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1969. She received a master's degree in elementary education in 1971 from Boston University School of Education and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1976.
- 1994-2014: Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
- 1984-1994: Vice chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
- 1979-1984: Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
- 1976-1979: Deputy attorney general, Delaware Department of Justice
Awards and associations
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Widener University School of Law
- 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
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.
- Delaware Supreme Court
- Philadelphia Business Journal, "Female Delaware Supreme Court justice retiring after not being "taken seriously" for top post," June 24, 2014
- The Deal Magazine, "Lyondell revisited," April 17, 2009
- Concurring Opinions, "Delaware Back to Sturdy Doctrine; Good Faith in Coma," March 31, 2009
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