About the Litigation Section

It is the mission of the DSBA’s Litigation Section to promote and advance the interests of attorneys and the judiciary in the litigation of civil matters, consistent with DSBA principles. The Section strives to: (i) enhance communication between the bench and the bar; (ii) promote the professional development and interests of its members; (iii) improve its members’ public service in advancing civil matters in this State; and (iv) to serve the community in which its members live and practice. In seeking to promote a common meeting ground for all attorneys who represent litigants in this State, the Section promotes and enhances communication by and between its members in ways that both enrich their professional careers and foster professionalism and camaraderie.

Click here to view the Section’s bylaws.

Section Events, Meetings & Information

All general body meetings will be held at the DSBA office at noon, unless stated otherwise.

September 19, 2017 – General Body Meeting

October 31, 2017 – General Body Meeting, with guest speaker, DSBA President, Michael Houghton at Morris James LLP

November 21, 2017 – Courtroom Technology Session at the NCC Courthouse at noon

December 19, 2017 –  General Body Meeting

January 16, 2018 – General Body Meeting, with open forum Q&A with Chief Justice Strine

February 20, 2018 – General Body Meeting

March 20, 2018 – General Body Meeting

April 17, 2018 – General Body Meeting

May 15, 2018 – General Body Meeting

June 2018 – Year-End Event

2017-2018 Officers and Committee Members

Chair Patricia Winston Vice Chair Kathleen A. Murphy
Secretary Mary Frances Dugan Immediate Past-Chair Adam V. Orlacchio
Council Member Patrick A. Costello Council Member Onofrio de Gennaro
Council Member David J. Soldo Council Member Ashley R. Altschuler
Council Member Loren R. Barron



On June 2, 2011, the Superior Court adopted the Bench-Bar Liaison Program.  The current list of liaisons is available here

Minutes of prior meetings

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Superior Court Bench and Bar Liaison Program:

Delaware’s Superior Court adopted a Bench and Bar Liaison Program on June 2, 2011. The program established two volunteer liaison positions in each county. One liaison will act in civil cases and the other in criminal cases. The liaisons serve at the pleasure of the Court and will act as intermediaries between Superior Court practitioners and the Resident Judge or appointed Liaison Judge for each county.

The liaisons serve as contacts to address issues between practitioners and the Court, continue the efficacious functioning of the Court, and to reinforce the collegiality that is a hallmark of the Delaware Bench and Bar.

Practitioners’ communications with the liaisons are confidential unless the practitioner agrees otherwise. Communications originating from the Court will be confidential among the practitioners involved.

Contact information for the Superior Court Bench and Bar Liaisons:



New Castle County
Resident Judge Richard R. Cooch
Civil Liaison Criminal Liaison
Beth H. Christman, Esq.
Casarino, Christman, Shalk, Ransom & Doss
405 North King Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, DE 19801
Thomas A. Foley, Esq.
1905 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806

Kent County
Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr.

Civil Liaison Criminal Liaison
Keith E. Donovan, Esq.
Morris James LLP
29 North State Street, Suite 100
Dover, DE 19901-3832
Gregory A. Morris, Esq.
Liquori & Morris
46 The Green
Dover, DE 19901

Sussex County
Resident Judge T. Henley Graves

Civil Liaison Criminal Liaison
Dennis L. Schrader, Esq.
Wilson, Halbrook & Bayard
107 West Market Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Thomas A. Pedersen, Esq.
5 West Market Street
Georgetown, DE 19947


Resource Links

For information regarding Sections, please contact LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership.
Changes to the Section’s webpage must be sent to WebsiteUpdates@dsba.org.