Smyrna resident and Delaware Superior Court Judge James T. Vaughn was nominated by Gov. Jack Markell Tuesday to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court.
Vaughn is a 15-year veteran of the Superior Court and has served as president judge since 2004.
If confirmed by the Delaware Senate during its special session on Oct. 8 Vaughn will fill the vacancy left by Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired on September 1.
“For more than 15 years, President Judge Vaughn has served our state with distinction and integrity as a member of the Superior Court,” said Markell. “If confirmed by the senate, his experience, his wisdom, and his commitment to justice will make him an outstanding addition to Delaware’s highest court.”
Vaughn, a Dover native who now resides in Smyrna, was appointed to the Superior Court in 1998 and as president judge in 2004. Before his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Vaughn spent 22 years as an attorney in private practice, first at Vaughn & Vaughn, then at Vaughn & Nicholas, and finally at Schmittinger & Rodriguez.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive the governor’s appointment to succeed Justice Berger," said Vaughn. “If I am confirmed by the senate, I look forward to serving Delaware’s citizens as part of the state’s highest court.”
In addition to his record in the courtroom, Vaughn has devoted countless hours as a public servant representing residents of Kent County. He was a member of the Clayton Town Council from 1979 to 1989, including three years as president, and was then elected to the Smyrna School Board, on which he served from 1989 to 1994, and spent three years as president of the board.
Community organizations in which he has been a member include the Smyrna-Clayton Rotary and St. Peters Episcopal Church.
Vaughn, 65, obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Delaware Bar the same year. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1971 after attending John Bassett Moore High School in Smyrna, where he received his diploma in 1967.
“President Judge Vaughn embodies great intellect, leadership and judicial temperament - traits that make him an excellent choice to serve on our State’s highest Court,” Attorney General Beau Biden said regarding Vaughn’s nomination.