Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition

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Bruce M. Stargatt Writing Competition

Bruce M. Stargatt was one of the Delaware Bar’s preeminent practitioners and leaders in the
second half of the 20th Century. He was regarded locally and nationally as a feared but respected
advocate for his clients and recognized for his dedicated service to the Delaware bench and bar.
Bruce excelled at all aspects of legal advocacy, but was especially known and acknowledged for
his legal writing of which he was personally very proud.
Bruce graduated from the University of Vermont in 1951 and Yale Law School in 1954. Shortly
after graduation from law school he was called to service in the United States Air Force where
for the next two years he served as a judge advocate at Dover Air Force Base. Upon his
discharge from the service in 1956, Bruce became associated in the practice of law in
Wilmington with H. Albert Young, a distinguished lawyer who had shortly before been
Delaware’s Attorney General. In 1959, Bruce was an original participant in the law firm that
ultimately became Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor where Bruce practiced formally until his
retirement in 2000 and continued to participate thereafter until his death in 2012. From the few
lawyers in 1959, the firm ultimately became one of Delaware’s largest and best known law
firms, due in no small measure to Bruce Stargatt’s contributions, both as an attorney and as a
leader.
Bruce was recognized nationally for his legal achievements as a member of the American
College of Trial Lawyers and the American Law Institute. Bruce also received the American
Judicature Society Herbert Harley Award and served for many years on the Board of Governors
of the American Bar Association. His service to the local legal community included the
presidency of the Delaware Bar Association, presidency of Delaware Bar Foundation, receipt of
the Delaware Bar Association’s first State Distinguished Service Award, and an award of the
Order of the First State by the Governor of Delaware.
Bruce was survived by his wife and lifelong companion, the former Barbara Hirschfeld, by two
children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. It is through the generosity of
Barbara and others in his family that Delaware Bar Foundation has received the funding to
initiate the Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition.

Please follow this link for information and complete rules of the competition.