October 17, 2019Articles

To Bill Allen: A Final Tribute

The CLS Blue Sky Blog

Last weekend the corporate legal community lost one of its finest: former Delaware Chancellor and Professor at New York University School of Law, William T. Allen. For 12 years Bill Allen and I served together as judicial colleagues on the Delaware Court of Chancery. For the two decades thereafter, in his reincarnation as law professor and lawyer, he and I continued our relationship as good personal and professional friends. As a judge and scholar, Bill received during his lifetime countless and well deserved accolades at the highest levels of the judiciary, academia, and the legal profession. To that high praise I can add very little that has not been, or will be, said. My aim is far more modest: to share reflections about Bill’s personal and human side, more specifically as the leader of the court he molded into a nationally acknowledged institution.