Justice Randall Holland

Adjunct Faculty Member

BA, Swarthmore, 1969
JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1972

The Honorable Randy J. Holland presently serves on the Delaware Supreme Court, the youngest person to do so, having been recommended to the Governor by a bipartisan merit selection committee. Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, Justice Holland was in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. In March 2011, he was reappointed by Governor Markell and unanimously confirmed by the Senate for an unprecedented third, twelve-year term.

Justice Holland graduated from Swarthmore College. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. Justice Holland received a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.

Justice Holland is the past national President of the American Inns of Court Foundation.  He chaired the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics. He also chaired the American Bar Association National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation. Justice Holland has also served on the ABA Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts, the Appellate Judges Conference’s Executive committee, the Standing Committee on Client Protection and the Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Justice Holland is a member of the American Law Institute. He serves on the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors.

Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 2012 First State Distinguished Service Award, the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence, the 2009 James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the 2007 American Inns of Court Christensen Award, the 2003 American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award, and the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association. In 2004, he was elected to be an Honorable Master of the Bench by Lincoln’s Inn in London. Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the state judge member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules. 

Justice Holland has written, co-authored, or edited seven books: Delaware Corporation Law, Selected Cases (2011 Chinese (Taiwan) only); State Constitutional Law, the Modern Experience, co-author (West 2010); Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution, co-author (Thomson-West 2007); Appellate Practice and Procedure, co-author (West 2005); The Delaware Constitution: A Reference Guide (Greenwood Press 2002); Delaware Supreme Court: Golden Anniversary (2001), co-editor; and The Delaware Constitution of 1897 – The First One Hundred Years, co-editor. He has also published several law review articles, primarily dealing with judicial ethics and legal history.