Chandlee Johnson Kuhn

Wilmington, Delaware

Chief Judge Kuhn served as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of Delaware from 1998 until her appointment to Chief Judge of Family Court in 2003. Prior to her appointment to Family Court, Chief Judge Kuhn completed a judicial clerkship with the Delaware Supreme Court and practiced in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation and family law from 1989 to 1998. Chief Judge Kuhn graduated cum laude from the Delaware Law School of Widener University and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Chief Judge Kuhn is active in the areas of juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and the prevention of child abuse. In the area of juvenile justice, Chief Judge Kuhn serves as the Vice-Chair of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, Co-Chair of the Juvenile Justice Collaborative and serves as a member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition. Chief Judge Kuhn also serves on the Governor’s Child Protection Accountability Commission. Chief Judge Kuhn’s passion to keep students in school and out of the juvenile justice system has led to her serving on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ School Pathways Project; the Council of State Governments’ Consensus Project; and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Safety, Opportunity & Success Project Judges’ Advisory Group. 

Chief Judge Kuhn has implemented many successful programs within the Family Court during her tenure as Chief Judge. She founded the Delaware Girls Initiative, which focused on addressing gender specific programming for Delaware’s at-risk girls. She also wrote Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System. In 2009, Chief Judge Kuhn initiated Gun Court calendars in Delaware’s Family Court with the support and cooperation of the Attorney General’s Office, the Public Defenders’ Office and the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. Chief Judge Kuhn worked with Delaware’s Attorney General and Child Advocate in bringing the Stewards of Children training program to all Delaware Family Court employees. Most recently, the Family Court was awarded the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project a technical assistance grant that will help improve the occurrence and outcomes of school referrals made to the juvenile justice system.

Outside of work, Chief Judge Kuhn is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor through Empowered Yoga. She is seeking ways to use yoga in the juvenile rehabilitation process and helped create a yoga program at the Ferris School for Boys in Delaware.