The Delaware State Bar Association has selected Morris James LLP partner Charles H. Toliver IV as the 2016 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts and the Bar. Established in 1999, the award is presented to a Delaware attorney or judge who has substantially assisted the courts and the bar, and has strengthened public trust and confidence in the courts and the administration of justice in Delaware.
Toliver is a former two-term judge of the Delaware Superior Court, having been appointed in 1990 as an associate judge by Gov. Michael N. Castle, and reappointed in 2002 in that capacity by Gov. Thomas R. Carper. During his 24 years on the bench, he presided over numerous significant civil and criminal cases. Toliver now focuses his law practice on civil, corporate and domestic relations mediation, arbitration and case analysis. In 2003, Toliver was appointed as one of two representatives from the State of Delaware on the Brown versus Board of Education 50th Anniversary National Commission by President George W. Bush. Before being appointed to the Superior Court, he served as treasurer and assistant treasurer of the Delaware State Bar Association and as an associate member of the board on professional responsibility of the Delaware Supreme Court.