LAW DAY LUNCHEON - Delaware State Bar Association

The Delaware State Bar Association Presents
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 • 12:00 noon
Gold Ballroom • Hotel du Pont • Wilmington, Delaware
Keynote Address by
The Honorable Matthew Denn
Delaware Attorney General
Attorney General Matt Denn took office in January 2015, and has focused on the issue of reducing violent crime in Delaware.
He proposed a plan for more police officers on patrol in Wilmington, legislation to crack down on young people caught
with guns, and proposed using bank settlement funds for programs addressing crime along with the root cause issues of
addiction, education, reentry and housing. He also established a new Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust.
A long-time advocate for Delaware’s children and a proponent of small businesses, Attorney General Denn helped improve
Delaware’s public schools by leading efforts to improve recruitment of outstanding new school teachers, encourage
more efficient spending of tax dollars by school districts, provide better services to schoolchildren with disabilities, and
expand parental involvement in schools. As Lieutenant Governor, Matt also led efforts to create one of the nation’s most
comprehensive developmental screening programs for infants and toddlers, create a new health insurance program for
children of low income working parents, and expand the number of families willing to care for children in foster care. He
worked closely with the Governor on the Governor’s landmark early childhood education program, and was part of the
Governor’s financial team, helping balance four state budgets during the worst recession in almost a century.
As the state’s elected Insurance Commissioner, Matt led the charge to pass laws restricting credit scoring and unfair cancellation of homeowners
insurance, and fought to limit increases in Delawareans’ insurance rates. During his term, workers’ compensation insurance rates were cut by 45
percent, saving tens of millions of dollars for Delaware businesses. Matt personally took on the cases of hundreds of Delawareans who were being
treated unfairly by their insurance companies. After graduating from Yale Law School, Matt sought out Delaware Volunteer Legal Services for his
first job, providing free legal advice and representation to people who couldn’t afford it. After he had entered private legal practice, Matt was asked
by then-Governor Tom Carper to chair a commission charged with fixing state government’s child protection system.
Awards Presentation
Liberty Bell Award
Community Service Award
Presented to
Presented to
Ron Copeland
Thomas A. Pedersen, Esquire
Bailiff, Court of Common Pleas, Kent County
Thomas A. Pedersen, Attorney at Law
Myrna L. Rubenstein Professional
Support Recognition Award
Presented to
Mary Jane De Matteis
Law Day Luncheon • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 • 12:00 noon
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