Leonard Stark ’91

"Growing up in New York, I knew nothing about the University of Delaware when I started looking into colleges. But, as I actively researched schools, UD admissions officers and faculty showed me the care and commitment to my success that I came to learn is a hallmark of the University. I came to the University of Delaware because it uniquely combines the resources of a major, full-service university with a dedication to providing undergraduate students with the best possible educational experience. I loved my time at Delaware, have chosen to make my life and my career here and am proud to be an alum."
—Leonard Stark '91

Stark, who graduated from Delaware with three degrees and a Rhodes scholarship, completed a doctor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and a law degree at Yale University before returning to Delaware in 1996. Stark began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Formerly an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware before being selected to serve as U.S. magistrate judge in Delaware. He and his wife, Beth (Brofee) Stark, AS '91, right, have three children, Brennan Henry, Lucy Evelyn and James Walter.

On March 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Judge Leonard Stark to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. "Leonard Stark and Amy Totenberg are distinguished candidates for the United States District Court," said President Obama. "They have both displayed an exceptional commitment to public service and they will be thoughtful and esteemed additions to the federal bench. I am honored to nominate them today."

Stark was confirmed as a judge to the District Court on August 5, 2010. Senator Ted Kaufman called Stark's confirmation, "an important victory for the people of Delaware" and he stated that Stark will be "a valuable addition to a court that is already recognized as one of the most distinguished and accomplished in the country."

Fellow alumnus Joe Biden '65 added "I am pleased that this vacancy has been filled and I welcome the confirmation of Judge Stark, an outstanding public servant whose roots in our state run deep."