Three Recent Graduates Selected for Clerkships with the Delaware Court of Chancery

Three Graduates Selected as Delaware Chancery Court Clerks
From left: Abraham Schneider '19, Peyton Carper '19 and Lauren DeBona '19

Villanova Law alumni Peyton Carper ’19, Lauren DeBona ’19 and Abraham Schneider ’19 were hired for prestigious judicial clerkship positions with the Delaware Court of Chancery. Widely recognized as the nation’s preeminent business court, the Chancery Court hears disputes involving the thousands of national and international corporations and other business entities that are incorporated in the state of Delaware.

As clerks, Carper, DeBona and Schneider will spend one to two years as aides to the Vice Chancellors (judges) of the court. They will work closely with the Vice Chancellors to draft written opinions, conduct research, perform analysis and take notes in court.

“This is the most prestigious business court in the country and Villanova Law landed three clerkship positions this year,” said Catherine Lanctot, Professor of Law. “The clerkship positions are extremely demanding and intellectually challenging, and as clerks they will work on the most complex corporate litigation in the country.”

Carper, DeBona and Schneider were selected for the clerkships from a competitive pool of applicants from top law schools around the country. They worked closely with faculty members and the Office of Career Strategy to prepare for the rigorous application and interview process, including conducting mock interviews.

"Clerking for the Court is a fantastic opportunity, and my law school education truly prepared me for my future clerkship with Vice Chancellor Zurn,” said DeBona. “I am endlessly thankful to the faculty who encouraged me to apply for the clerkship and helped me to prepare for the interview. At every step of the way, the faculty were available to help me prepare for and refine my interview and remind me that I was capable and qualified to endure the competitive application process.”

Villanova Law’s broad-based legal education has a special focus on business which primes graduates for a variety of careers, including corporate law and business court opportunities.  

“I would not be in this very fortunate position if it were not for the amazing faculty and curriculum at Villanova,” added DeBona. “I have always wanted to practice corporate law, and Villanova gave me the tools to make that dream a reality."