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Senators Carper, Kaufman Welcome Judge Leonard P. Stark To U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing

Sen. Carper Introduces Judge Stark at Hearing; Sen. Kaufman Serves on Committee

Apr 22 2010

WASHINGTON – Today Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) welcomed U.S. Magistrate Judge Leonard P. Stark, candidate for a seat on the United States District Court in Delaware, to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing on his nomination.
 
“The President has made a wise choice in nominating U.S. Magistrate Judge Leonard P. Stark for a seat on the United States District Court in Delaware,” said Sen. Carper. “Len is a humble and dedicated public servant, a family man, and a person of great character. In every facet of his life, Len Stark has performed with distinction – earning the highest praise from his colleagues and many of the most prestigious awards given to a legal scholar and public servant.”
 
"I'm pleased to have been able to chair and expedite the hearing for Judge Stark today -- he's clearly a great nominee," said Sen. Kaufman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who chaired Thursday's hearing. "I will do everything I can to get him reported out of the Judiciary Committee and work to see him seated on the District Court of Delaware as soon as possible."
 
Judge Leonard P. Stark graduated from the University of Delaware, where he received a full scholarship as the Eugene du Pont Memorial Distinguished Scholar. Following his graduation from the University of Delaware, Len was elected as a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University and went on to earn his law degree at Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.
 
Judge Stark launched his legal career as a Clerk for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, after which he practiced as a corporate litigator at the prestigious law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. He began his public service career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Delaware, where he handled a wide variety of federal criminal and civil matters. Currently, Judge Stark serves as the U.S. District Court of Delaware Magistrate Judge. In this position, his docket largely consists of civil cases that are referred to him by the three active District Court Judges.On these referral cases, Judge Stark handles all types of pretrial matters, and, in certain cases, presides at trial.
 
“His legal acumen, his tireless work ethic, and his experience as a Federal Magistrate Judge, Assistant US Attorney, and litigator have prepared him well to fill this seat on the U.S. District Court in Delaware,” said Sen. Carper. “In fact, I can’t imagine finding anyone in the country better prepared to serve in this position and I urge my colleagues to move quickly on his confirmation.”