About The DSBA

The Delaware State Bar Association
405 North King Street, Suite 100
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 658-5279
Fax: (302) 658-5212
Executive Director: Johnna M. Darby, Esquire
Established: 1923

The nearly century old history of the Delaware State Bar Association is marked by evolving efforts to promote ethical conduct by lawyers, to require and offer high quality continuing legal education, to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law, to review and make recommendations regarding Delaware’s court system and to foster the mentoring of new lawyers.  Service to the public is another hallmark of the Association. Encouraging and facilitating pro bono work, providing a lawyer referral service and offering various legal handbooks are a few examples of the Association’s efforts in public outreach.  The Association also has remained true to one of its earliest goals: “the cultivation of fraternal relationships among the lawyers of Delaware.” This goal has been achieved through a consistent effort to communicate news among members and to sponsor social events. Today, members of the Association enjoy the monthly Bar Journal, luncheons, receptions and the annual Bench and Bar Conference.

The purposes and objects of the Association include the following:  the advancement of the science of jurisprudence, securing proper statutory reforms, preserving proper standards for members of the Bar, maintenance of honor and dignity in the profession, upholding principles of legal ethics and professional responsibility, cultivation of fraternal relationship among the Bench and Bar of Delaware, perpetuation of legal history and all such other and proper purposes as befit the practice of law and the proper public perception of the profession.  In addition, it is the responsibility of the Association to speak on behalf of the courts and to preserve their honor, integrity, high standards and proper remuneration.

The treasured history of the Delaware State Bar Association has been captured by and described through interviews with pillars of the Delaware legal community. Through these interviews and tributes (links below), the integrity and honor of the Delaware bar and its members is handed down and carried on.  Assisting with the effort to capture the Bar’s history is the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, which has compiled a set of materials entitled “Reflections on our Predecessors:  Some Judges and Lawyers Who Helped Make the Delaware Bar and Bench What it is Today.”  This body of work includes “respected judges and lawyers speak[ing] about some ‘greats from Delaware’s legal past.'”  The Delaware State Bar Association extends its sincere gratitude to the Inn for making these materials available to the Bar Association and to the public.  

Executive Committee

2015-2016 Executive Committee

President

Richard A. Forsten

President-Elect

Miranda D. Clifton

Vice President-at-Large

Michael Houghton

Vice President, New Castle County

David J. Ferry, Jr.

Vice President, Kent County

Adam C. Gerber

Vice President, Sussex County

Stephen W. Welsh

Secretary

Michael W. Arrington

Assistant Secretary

Janine M. Salomone

Treasurer

William Patrick Brady

Assistant Treasurer

Michael F. McTaggart

Immediate Past President

Yvonne Takvorian Saville

Legislative Liaison

Thomas P. McGonigle

Assistant to the President

Funke Fagbami

Judicial Member

The Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli

Members-at-Large

Mary I. Akhimien
Dawn L. Becker
Jennifer M. Becnel-Guzzo
Crystal L. Carey
Charles J. Durante
David A. Felice
Danielle Gibbs
Laina M. Herbert
Jack B. Jacobs
Kathleen M. Miller
James Darlington Taylor, Jr.
David A. White

Click here to view the 2015-2016 Executive Committee meeting schedule

Association Staff

Johnna Darby, Executive Director

Alison Macindoe, Director of Continuing Legal Education
Oversees all CLE related matters, including registration, credit affidavits, make up plans and more.

Janice Myrick, Director of Bar Services and Membership
Manages various bar products and membership issues, including the Legal Directory, Sections, and membership benefits.

Rebecca Baird, Director of Communications
Handles all editorial and advertising matters regarding The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association and other Association publications.

Sorelis Duran, Director of Finance and Human Resources
Performs accounting/finance and human resources functions.

Eric Robbins, Director of Technology
Maintains and monitors Association technology, including computer systems, services, databases, and email.

Susan Simmons, Director of Development and Access to Justice Coordination
Provides support, guidance, training, resources and inspiration to law firms, corporate legal departments and public interest organizations seeking pro bono opportunities.

Antonio Byrd, Director of Media and Cinematography
Provides film and technology assistance to Director of Continuing Legal Education, Association staff and members, including filming and broadcasting CLE events, preparing and compiling CLE materials, and assisting Sections to use their web pages in creative ways.

Jacqueline Charlton, Director of Administration and Facilities
Provides assistance to members in various ways, including but not limited to video viewing, CLE payments, room rentals, and other administrative functions.

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DSBA Bylaws

Please click here to view the DSBA Bylaws.