Andre G. Bouchard
Andre G. Bouchard ()

The investiture ceremony of new Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard took on the flavor of a celebrity roast at times as several speakers, including the chancellor himself, cracked jokes about his career and told humorous stories.

“Andy [Bouchard] couldn’t get into [the University of] Delaware so he went to Boston College for undergraduate and then he couldn’t get into Widener [University School of Law], so he went to Harvard Law School,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., during a speech peppered with jokes and anecdotes about Bouchard, a longtime friend.

Bouchard’s former law partner, Joel Friedlander, added to the event’s lighthearted tone, telling war stories about several tough cases they litigated together. In a story highlighting Bouchard’s intensity and dedication, Friedlander said he’ll never forget the day Bouchard called him up at 7:30 one night to help him draft a brief that needed to be prepared for the next day. Friedlander said he’ll never forget it because Bouchard began the phone call by saying, “I realize that your first child was just born.”

Bouchard also joined in with a few jokes of his own. When Carper was addressing Bouchard’s daughter, Skyler, the senator asked if she was married. Bouchard jumped in and quickly cracked, “There is an application process for that.”

Later, the chancellor told a humorous story about the first time he played squash against Gov. Jack Markell and lost.

“It was the first time I had ever played squash and it was the last time I have ever played squash,” he joked. Bouchard even zinged his wife, AnnElise, during his speech before the ceremony’s close. The new chancellor recalled meeting his future wife in a bar near the Harvard law campus during Super Bowl XIX. He said the day was bitter cold in Boston.

“She came in to warm her hands, or at least that’s what she said, There was a lot of gold-digging in that pub,” he teased with a wry smile.

The chancellor also ribbed his boss, Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. Bouchard reflected upon when he shared an office with the future chief justice when Strine was a summer associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. “I always thought he’d end up working for me,” Bouchard joked.

For more, see an upcoming edition of Delaware Law Weekly.