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Myron Steele

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Myron Steele
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Current Court Information:
Delaware Supreme Court
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Thomas R. Carper
Active:   2000-2013
Chief:   2004-2013
Past post:   Judge, Delaware Court of Chancery
Past term:   1994-2000
Past post 2:   Judge, Kent County Superior Court, Delaware
Past term 2:   1990-1994
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Virginia, 1967
Law School:   University of Virginia School of Law, 1970
Grad. School:   University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
Military service:   United States Army, Delaware Army National Guard

Myron T. Steele was the chief justice of the five member Delaware Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Governor Ruth Ann Minner and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate as 7th Chief Justice on May 5, 2004. Steele was first appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection by Governor Thomas R. Carper on July 28, 2000. Steele retired from the court on November 30, 2013, nearly three years before the end of his term.[1][2]


Steele earned his undergraduate degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in 1967. He earned his J.D. in 1970 and LL.M. in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law.[3]


Steele began his legal career on active duty in the U.S. Army and retired as a Colonel in the Delaware Army National Guard. Steele practiced law in a variety of positions, including: deputy attorney general, Delaware senate attorney, Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board, outside counsel and chairman of the Central Delaware Health Care Corporation, and with the firm Prickett, Jones & Elliott. His first judicial position was to the Superior Court of Delaware where he served from 1988 until 1990. From there Steele moved onto become the resident judge of Kent County Superior Court, Delaware. His last appointment before the Delaware Supreme Court was to the Delaware Court of Chancery, where he served as vice-chancellor from 1994 until 2000.[3]

Awards and associations


  • 2007: 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance, Directorship Magazine
  • 2007: 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, Ethisphere Magazine


  • Board of Directors, National Center for State Courts[4]
  • Advisor, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction
  • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Judicial Section
  • Member, American Board of Trial Attorneys[3]
  • President, Congress of Chief Justices
  • Former Faculty, Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Faculty, University of Virginia Law School
  • Faculty, Pepperdine Law School[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. Steele 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.[5]

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