Delaware Supreme Court Justice and former Vice Chancellor Jack Jacobs reportedly is stepping down from the court:
[Governor] Markell praised the outgoing Jacobs for his three decades of service both on the Supreme Court and Court of Chancery.
"He is an outstanding jurist with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. His will be big shoes to fill," said Markell, who will now have a chance to appoint a second justice to the state's highest court. ...
While the turnover in judges on Delaware courts is significant and in many ways unprecedented, Widener Law professor Lawrence Hamermesh said he does not expect the new judges to significantly change how Delaware courts operate.
"Basically, I think the legal culture is a very strong one in Delaware. I like to describe the state as having a deep bench," he said. ...
Hamermesh ... praised the outgoing Jacobs for not only being a well-respected justice but also well-liked. "He's thoughtful, has a good judicial temperament and is widely respected on the national and international corporate bar," Hamermesh said.
"I think he is the model of a classic Delaware judge," said Columbia Law School professor John C. Coffee Jr., who teaches a class with Jacobs. Coffee said Jacobs wrote opinions that remain influential today because he drafted them not only to resolve the case he was considering but also to act as a guidepost for future cases.
Professor Charles M. Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, said Jacobs was respected in the academic world. "He's going to be very hard to replace," he said.
I concur with all these encomiums, which are all well taken. Jacobs is a very smart jurist, whose has had a very positive impact on Delaware corporate law, as well as one of the kindest people I know.