Three Widener Law Alumni Receive Prestigious Judicial Nominations
Web Editor - Published: February 9, 2013
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Judge Raymond A. Batten '79


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Carl C. Danberg '92


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Vivian L. Rapposelli '93

Three Widener Law alumni recently received prestigious judicial nominations. Delaware Governor Jack Markell nominated Vivian L. Rapposelli ’93 to the Delaware Superior Court and Carl C. Danberg ’92 to the Court of Common Pleas. In New Jersey, current Cape May County Superior Court Judge Raymond A. Batten ‘79, who has served as a criminal court judge since 2002, was named the new presiding judge of general equity for Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Governor Markell nominated Rapposelli in January along with Paul R. Wallace to new Superior Court judgeships authorized by the General Assembly for New Castle County. Danberg’s was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas to fill the vacancy left when Judge Eric M. Davis became a Superior Court judge. Judge Batten will shift roles effective March 1, 2013, replacing retiring Superior Court Judge William Todd. In his new post, Batten will handle complex civil litigation.

Judge Raymond A. Batten graduated from Widener Law’s Delaware campus in 1979 and became the first Widener Law graduate to become a Superior Court Judge in New Jersey in 1992. He has served on the law school’s Board of Overseers and as a member of the Alumni Association executive board. Judge Batten was honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award in December of 2010.

Vivian L. Rapposelli has served in Governor Jack Markell’s cabinet as Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families since 2009. Prior to that, she served as president and owner of Raposelli & Gonzales from 2004-2009. She has also previously served as an associate at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and as a supervising attorney at Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.

Since 2007, Carl C. Danberg has served as Commissioner of the Department of Correction for the state of Delaware. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the Sttorney General for the State of Delaware, completing the term of the Honorable M. Jane Brady following his appointment by then Governor Minner. He previously served as deputy principal assistant to the Commissioner of Correction, and since 1998, he has been a member of the Delaware Army National Guard as a Lt. Colonel in Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Widener Law congratulates Judge Batten, Ms. Rapposelli, and Mr. Danberg and recognizes them for their dedication and service.