Two Delaware lawyers received unanimous approval from the United States Senate yesterday and will soon be sworn in as judges on a federal district court with an overflowing docket.
Maryellen Noreika and Colm F. Connolly both enjoyed the support of Delaware’s US Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, who applauded their confirmation.
Carper, calling it “a good day for the First State,” said Noreika and Connolly each bring “a wide breadth of knowledge, many years of experience and the respect of their peers in the judicial system” to their new roles.
Coons pointed to the bi-partisan support President Donald J. Trump’s nominees received in the Senate. “Colm and Maryellen’s judicial nominations cleared the Senate in true Delaware form: with bipartisan support,” said Senator Coons. “I’m very glad that the President nominated these two skilled lawyers to serve … they will make exceptional jurists.”
Noreika has practiced law in Delaware for nearly 24 years at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, in Wilmington, where she is a partner and represents plaintiffs, defendants, individuals, and companies large and small. She focuses on intellectual property matters and complex litigation in federal courts. Ms. Noreika has been appointed to multiple advisory committees assisting the court and has served as a mentor for young attorneys in a federal judges training program. She has a B.S. in Biology from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Biology from Colombia University and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Connolly is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, in Wilmington, where he is a member of the litigation and intellectual property groups. He served as the United States Attorney for Delaware from 2001 to 2009, during which he established the Delaware Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council consisting of 25 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to coordinate training and the collection and dissemination of intelligence information. Connolly was previously an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.