Article by Ann Manser
September 12, 2017
Delaware chief justice to speak on Constitution, citizenship
University of Delaware will present the seventh annual James R. Soles
Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship on Friday, Sept. 22, with an
address by Delaware Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr.
The free public event will begin at 3 p.m., in Gore Recital Hall of
the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University’s Newark campus. A
reception in the lobby will follow the lecture.
Strine, a UD alumnus, has served as chief justice of the Delaware
Supreme Court since 2014. He previously was chancellor of the Delaware
Court of Chancery beginning in 2011, after serving as a vice chancellor
He speaks at law conferences and institutes across the country,
including the Tulane Corporate Law Institute, New York University Center
for Law and Business and Duke University.
Strine has written many articles on business law in such publications
as Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law
Review and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He holds long-standing
adjunct teaching positions at Harvard and the University of
Pennsylvania, where he continues to teach corporate law.
He has been awarded the Order of the First State and UD’s
Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. Since 2005, he has
been named one of the nation’s top lawyers and judges by Lawdragon
magazine, and in 2006 he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow at the
Strine earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and
international relations at UD in 1985 and his law degree from the
University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 2016, he was inducted into
UD’s Alumni Wall of Fame.
The Soles Lecture honors the late James R. Soles, who was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations
for more than 34 years. The annual lecture also commemorates the
signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, and
is held on or near that anniversary date.
About the James R. Soles Citizenship Endowment
Prof. Soles, who died Oct. 29, 2010, received the University’s
Excellence in Teaching Award twice and its Excellence in Advising Award,
as well as the University’s Medal of Distinction. He received many
honors and recognitions in his distinguished career, but he is still
best remembered for his personal dedication to teaching and to his
The Soles endowment was established 15 years ago and supports a named
professorship, undergraduate citizenship stipends and graduate
The first stipends were awarded more than 10 years ago, and
recipients have used that support in a wide range of accomplishments. To
see more about recent recipients and the work they have done, visit this site.