I learn from Francis Pileggi's blog the Chief Justice Myron Steele is retiring from the bench:
Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court has announced his retirement, effective on November 30. His Honor has been a tireless ambassador for Delaware’s Bench and Bar. He has literally travelled around the world to promote the benefits of Delaware’s corporate law and judicial system, as well as to explain to audiences in many states and countries why they should consider doing business with, or filing lawsuits in, the First State.
As the state’s top judicial officer, Chief Justice Steele has set a high standard by which his successor will be measured. He has led by example and his leadership has enforced the traditional collegiality and professionalism for which the Delaware legal community has, at least historically, been known. The local paper provides more details about the Chief Justice’s distinguished career of public service. His many opinions on corporate law, alternative entity law, and other key topics, will be studied and taught and followed for many decades to come. Best wishes to His Honor on the next chapter of his exemplary life.
I share Francis' view that Steele has done a great job. His contributions to Delaware corporate law are many and beneficial. Even on those rare occasions when I have disagreed with him, his opinions have been careful, well reasoned, and thoughtful.
Thoughts now turn to his replacement. The name that immediately springs to mind is our friend Chancellor Leo Strine (well, immediately after a name modesty--and its utter implausibility--precludes me from mentioning).