Carney v. Adams


Carney is represented by Stanford University professor and former judge Michael McConnell; former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland; Steffen Johnson and Brian Levy, all of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.; and by David McBride, Martin Lessner, and Pilar Kraman of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP. Adams is represented by David L. Finger, of Finger & Slanina LLC.

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Carney v. Adams, agreeing to review the appeal of a lower court ruling overturning longstanding provisions for a politically balanced judiciary. In his petition for a writ of certiorari filed on September 6, Delaware Governor John Carney asked the Supreme Court to review and reverse the Third Circuit’s decision striking down the constitutional provisions requiring that applicants for Delaware’s Supreme, Superior, and Chancery courts be registered Democrats or Republicans, with neither party permitted to hold more than a bare majority.

The Supreme Court will hear the case in 2020, with a ruling expected by June when the court wraps up its year.


The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati team includes senior of counsels Michael McConnell and Randy Holland, partner Steffen Johnson (Picture), and associate Brian Levy.

Involved fees earner: Randy Holland – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Steffen Johnson – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Brian Levy – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Michael McConnell – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Law Firms: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

Clients: John Carney;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti