An Interview with Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Monté T. Squire

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On April 27, 1998, Gregory M. Sleet was confirmed by the United States Senate to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He was sworn in as the first African American to become a district judge of that court on September 28, 1998, and became chief judge on July 1, 2007.

At age 43, Chief Judge Sleet took the oath of office on June 13, 1994, to become the first African American U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware. In January 1995, he was appointed by United States Attorney General Janet Reno to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for a two-year term. On August 4, 1995, Ms. Reno further honored then-U.S. Attorney Sleet by naming him the vice chair of the committee for the 1995–96 session.

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