Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice to serve as first ‘Jurist in Residence’

This academic year, the law school will begin hosting a “Jurist in Residence.” E. Norman Veasey, the former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and currently a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Wilmington, Del., will be the first.

During the month of October, Veasey will teach a course on “Corporate Governance and Professional Responsibility,” a course that explores the “real world challenges and pitfalls for a lawyer for the corporation.”

Veasey is a senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and serves as a strategic adviser to the firm’s roster of global clients on a wide range of issues related to mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, crisis management and litigation.

Veasey stepped down from the Delaware Supreme Court in May 2004, after serving a 12-year term as the top judicial officer and administrator of that state’s judicial branch. During his tenure as chief justice, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Delaware’s courts first in the nation for three consecutive years for their fair, reasonable and efficient litigation environment. Veasey has also been credited with leading nationwide programs to restore professionalism to the practice of law and adopt best practices in the running of America’s courts. He was awarded the Order of the First State by Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, the highest honor for meritorious service the state’s governor can grant.

Veasey was president of the Conference of Chief Justices, chair of the Board of the National Center for State Courts, chair of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association and chair of the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000). His work on this ABA Committee will allow him to offer distinctive insights on ethical issues to students at Wake Forest.