“It’s the camaraderie that makes the Delaware Bar special,” said Benjamin Strauss ‘90 to students, faculty, and staff on Widener Law’s Delaware campus on Wednesday, March 10th. Strauss, the President of the Delaware Bar Association, spoke as part of the Student Bar Association
sponsored Local Leaders series.
Further describing the Delaware Bar, Strauss emphasized the state’s small size and esteemed reputation in the corporate world. “ Delaware offers a predictable environment. Corporations value the fact that Delaware respects the rules,” he noted. He also talked about the valuable role that networking and volunteering can play in a lawyers career, noting that in Delaware, “You really have the ability to get involved and have an impact on the community.”
At the conclusion of his remarks, Mr. Strauss took questions from the audience. One of his former professors, Russell A. Hakes
, asked him what, if anything, he might have done differently. “I think law students should be exposed to the world of what it is to practice the law. You have to be serious and focused from the beginning.” A student asked about the difficult job market in Delaware, to which Mr. Strauss responded, “Profit margins have dropped to the level of two years ago. People panic, but two years ago they were happy. Things aren’t that bad.”
A member of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Permanent Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Mr. Strauss is a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Based out of the Wilmington office, he oversees firm’s Delaware corporate and Israeli practices. He practices in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, securities, and general corporate and business matters.
Mr. Strauss earned his B.A. in 1976 and his M.B.A. in 1983 from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and his J.D. magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and before the United States Supreme Court.