Second-year law student Sarah Denis was selected by the ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program to clerk at the Delaware Chancery Court this summer. The Court is recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of the thousands of Delaware corporations through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted.
This program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second-year law students. Participating clerks receive support and are mentored in the business law field and exposed to business practices.
"My experience at the Delaware Court of Chancery has been wonderful and unique is so many ways," says Denis. "On my first day, I received a friendly welcome by Vice Chancellor Montgomery-Reeves and her staff. That same day, she assigned me to work on four cases: a motion to enforce a settlement, a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, and two derivative lawsuits. The issues are interesting and have provided broad exposure to high-quality, complex corporate caseloads related to Delaware’s General Corporation Laws."
Denis, who received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University, is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the ABA Business Law Section. She was the winner of the Fall 2015 National Law Review Student Writing Competition. Her article "Using the Class Action Fairness Act as a Loophole Around the Magnuson Moss's Jurisdictional Requirements" was published in the National Law Review and the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law.
"I have enjoyed every minute of my summer clerkship so far, but the most enjoyable aspect of my clerkship has been discussing legal issues with the Vice Chancellor," says Denis. "The Vice Chancellor keeps her office door open and always has time to answer my questions or help me determine how to approach a particular analysis of an argument. She also takes her time to review my drafts and has a unique way of offering her insight and feedback. This one-on-one interaction with the Vice Chancellor is invaluable and has served as an incredible learning experience in furthering my career as a corporate litigator."
Denis is the first student from Florida to intern at the Chancery Court.