Georgia Law grad confirmed as vice chancellor on the Delaware Court of Chancery, Montgomery-Reeves makes history as the first African American and second female

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Writer: Kelly Tran, 706-542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu
Contact: Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, 706-542-7140, borut@uga.edu

UGA law grad confirmed as vice chancellor on the Delaware Court of Chancery
Montgomery-Reeves makes history as the first African American and second female

Athens, Ga. – Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware Senate on Oct. 28 as a vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, which is the most important and prestigious court for business law in the United States.

Nominated by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Montgomery-Reeves is the first African-American in the 220-plus-year history of the court to serve as a vice chancellor. She is also only the court’s second female vice chancellor.

“Given the great importance of the Delaware Court of Chancery, the law school is quite proud that one of our graduates will be serving our nation in this capacity,” Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “Approximately 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in the state of Delaware, and this, quite simply, makes it the most important court in America for corporate law. As a result, other states often look to Delaware for guidance in matters of corporate law.

“I have no doubt that Tamika will represent our school well as she takes on this key role within our nation’s legal community. Georgia Law provided a sound foundation on which Tamika has established herself as an authority in the world of business law. Since her graduation, we have established a Business Law and Ethics Program and expanded our business law curriculum. One of our primary goals is to prepare the judges and legal leaders of tomorrow, and Tamika is among our brightest stars.”

Montgomery-Reeves currently serves as a partner specializing in corporate law and governance, business litigation and counseling, and securities litigation at the Wilmington, Delaware, office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, she practiced law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York and served as a judicial clerk for Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery. While in law school, she was an editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

UGA School of Law
Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees—the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law—and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.

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Note to editors: A photo of Montgomery-Reeves taken in October 2015 is available at http://multimedia.uga.edu/media/images/montgomery-reeves.jpg.

This release is online at http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/Montgomery-Reevess-vice-chancellor-delaware-court/.