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Substantive Best Practices Best Practices in Trial Practice - Depositions
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The Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli, Judge, Superior Court of Delaware The Honorable Danielle S. Blount, Commisioner, Family Court of Delaware Mary Kathryn Hodges Harmon, Esquire, Elliott Greenleaf, P.C. Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, Esquire, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP Gregory Brian Williams, Esquire, Fox Rothschild LLP
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The Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli was appointed to the Superior Court of the State of
Delaware by Governor Jack A. Markell on June 5, 2013. Previously, Judge Rocanelli served as a
judge of the Court of Common Pleas by appointment of Governor Markell on April 21, 2009.
In the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Rocanelli was responsible for the Courts Drug
Diversion Program in New Castle County and was a founding member of the Delaware coalition
involving community health and law enforcement to identify alternative approaches to addressing
prostitution in the community. Judge Rocanelli was appointed as a Commissioner of SENTAC as a
representative of the Court of Common Pleas.
By appointment of the Delaware Supreme Court, Judge Rocanelli serves as a member of
various commissions and committees, including the Delaware Commission on Continuing Education
and the Permanent Advisory Committee on the Delaware Uniform Rules of Evidence, and as the
judiciarys representative to the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision. Judge
Rocanelli has served on committees of the Delaware State Bar Association, including the DSBA
Committee on Access to Justice in CCP Consumer Debt Collection Actions and the DSBA Committee
on Diversity. Judge Rocanelli is a member of the Rodney Inn of Court, serving on the Executive
Committee for a number of years and serving as President from 2013.
In 2013, Judge Rocanelli was recognized with the Judicial Partnership Award by the Delaware
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, awarded to a leader who advances the causes of
individuals challenged with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. In 2010, Judge Rocanelli
was recognized by the Delaware Bar Association with the Womens Leadership Award, awarded to a
member of the Delaware Bar whose character, strength, personality, achievement and activities in
matters affecting women lawyers have served as an inspiration to and a model for women lawyers in
their professional careers. In August 2009, Judge Rocanelli was recognized by the ABA Commission
on Lawyer Assistance Programs with an award for her outstanding contribution to the bench, bar and
public through efforts to maintain the integrity of the legal professions and improve the quality of life
Judge Rocanelli received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A., summa cum laude,
from Boston College. After several years of private practice in Boston, Judge Rocanelli practiced law
in Delaware with the firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. Judge Rocanelli served as Chief
Counsel of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the Delaware Supreme Court, with responsibility for
the practice of law and legal ethics in the state of Delaware.
Judge Rocanellis present term ends June 4, 2025.
Commissioner Blount graduated from York College of the City University of New York. After receiving her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., she began her legal career as an associate at Fox Rothschild LLP in Wilmington, Delaware where she handled general litigation matters. Thereafter, she pursued a career in the Department of Justices Criminal and Family Divisions where she prosecuted adults charged with misdemeanor offenses. Commissioner Blount concluded her career with the Department of Justice in the Family Divisions Domestic Violence Unit prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and child abuse offenses. Following her employment with the Department of Justice, Commissioner Blount joined the Office of the Governor Jack A. Markell as Deputy Legal Counsel. In that role she provided accurate and thoughtful legal advice to the Governor on matters that arose during the course of governmental affairs. Commissioner Blount was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware State Senate to serve as a Commissioner on October 28, 2015. Currently, she serves as Commissioner of the Family Court in and for New Castle County, Delaware.
Kate Harmon, a Senior Associate in Elliott Greenleafs Wilmington, Delaware office, concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, entity formation, non-profit representation, insurance coverage disputes, compliance and intellectual property.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Kate managed the mass tort litigation docket for the Wilmington office of a regional defense firm and has extensive experience litigating in Delawares various state and federal Courts from case inception through trial. She is familiar with the formation of various types of entities and local licensing requirements relating thereto. Kate has a broad range of litigation experience, including: products liability, construction defect, post-confirmation of bankruptcy trusts, insurance coverage disputes, contract disputes and execution of and collection on judgments. She has presented on numerous topics including all phases of litigation and various theories of liability at events hosted by Perrin Conferences and the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
Kate earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and Masters degrees in Social Services and Law & Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has served as a Child Advocate Social Worker with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing children in the Philadelphia child welfare system. While in law school, Ms. Harmon served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Jane Brady of the Delaware Superior Court and to the Honorable Aida Waserstein of the Delaware Family Court. Kate also represented a number of individuals pursuing claims after the enactment of Delawares Child Victims Act in 2007. She earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2009.
Kate is admitted to the bar of the State of Delaware and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She is a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, focusing her efforts on resources and support provided by the DSBA to young lawyers. Kate was honored to be selected as a Participant in the 2016 Class of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation Program. Participants are selected via computerized lottery program from a pool of nominees who meet certain standards related to legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law, a serious commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism and commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals and to professional activities that will benefit the public, members of the bar and the court system. Kate is also an active member of the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court and the Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Kate volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, representing children in Delawares dependency system before the Family Court through Delawares Office of the Child Advocate. Kate is a lifelong resident of Delaware and lives in Wilmington with her husband and daughter.
KATHALEEN ST. J. MCCORMICK
Kathaleen is a partner in the Corporate Counseling and Litigation section of the Wilmington, Delaware-based law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. Her litigation practice focuses on corporate, alternative entity, and commercial litigation, primarily in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Her litigation practice frequently involves expedited proceedings, including requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctive relief. Before joining Young Conaway, Kathaleen was a staff attorney for Delaware's Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., where she litigated housing discrimination matters and represented victims of domestic violence. As a legal aid staff attorney, Kathaleen received the Roxana Arsht Fellowship for her work in the non-profit legal sector. Kathaleen attended Smyrna High School. She received her bachelors degree in philosophy from Harvard University, and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.
In addition to her legal practice, Kathaleen is a founding board member of First State Montessori Academy, Inc., a public charter school in Wilmington, Delaware. She is also a member of the St. Patricks Day Society, which raises funds for emergency food, meals, clothing, transportation and day respite for Wilmington residents.
Kathaleen St. J. McCormick Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
1000 North King Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Phone: 302-571-6696
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J.D., Villanova University School of Law,1995B.A., B.S., Millersville University, 1990
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