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  Name:   Judge Diane Streett
Month: March 2011
Schools: Cornell University '71
Cornell Law '74
Organization: Deleware Superior Court
Title: Judge

Diane Clarke Streett was sworn in as associate Judge of Superior Court on February 15, 2010. She had been the Register of Wills for New Castle County from 2001-2010.

Judge Streett had more than 33 years experience as a practicing attorney. She is licensed in Delaware, New York, and Washington, D.C. She is a skilled administrator, litigator, negotiator, arbitrator, and is also a successful appellate advocate. As Register of Wills, she supervised a staff of 18 with a $1,300,000 budget. That office helps families and attorneys with the orderly disposition of the estate assets of New Castle County and Wilmington residents, is the repository of wills, and provides information about the probate process. She was also an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University.

Previously, she was the head of the City of Wilmington Law Department, which provides representation and advice to the Mayor, City Council and all City departments and employees. Prior to that, she appeared in court on a daily basis as a prosecutor and later as a criminal defense attorney. Having represented both sides of the criminal justice system in major felony cases, including murders, she has a broad perspective of crime and its victims. Her tenure in Washington D.C. was spent as an assistant United States Attorney and as counsel to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committees.

Judge Streett has been a part of several innovative programs including Delaware's first drug court, the Governor's oversight committee on juvenile detention, and Brooklyn, New York's first sex crimes unit in the district attorney's office. She is also the co-author of a chapter of the book, "The Delaware Bar in the Twentieth Century".

Judge Streett has a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Economics from Cornell University and is a graduate of Cornell University's Law School. She is an active member in many community organizations and was a licensed kindergarten recreation teacher in New York City during her law school summers.

As Register of Wills, Judge Streett created a free brochure, "Your Will and the Delaware Probate Code," and a website where the public and attorneys can find estate administration forms. Other accomplishments included working with County Council to get free Wills for Safekeeping for active duty military and collaborating with Kent and Sussex counties to provide uniformity of service. Also, Judge Streett has educated thousands of residents of New Castle County about the importance of having a Will through workshops with civic organizations, community centers, and individuals.

 

 

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