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Randy Holland

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Current Court Information:
Delaware Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Michael Castle
Active:   1986-2023
Past post:   Attorney, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Swarthmore College, 1969
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1972
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law School, 1998

Randy J. Holland is an associate justice of the five member Delaware Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection by Governor Michael Castle in 1986.

At the time of his appointment, Holland was the youngest person to serve on the court, and he is now the longest serving justice in court history. Holland was re-nominated for additional twelve-year terms in 2000 and on February 23, 2011. His current term will expire on March 23, 2023.[1][2][3]


Justice Holland received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in 1969. Holland earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1972. He earned a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School in 1998.[4][5]


Before joining the Delaware Supreme Court, Holland worked in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.[4]

Awards and associations


  • Dwight D. Opperman Award, 2011[6]
  • A. Sherman Christensen Award, American Inn of Courts, 2007[7]
  • Adjunct Professor Distinguished Service Award, Widener Law School, 2004
  • Honorary Master of the Bench, Lincoln's Inn, 2004
  • Herbert Haley Award, American Judicature Society, 2003
  • Alumni Award of Merit, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 2002
  • Judge of the Year Award, National Child Support Enforcement Association, 1992[4]


  • Former President, American Inns of Court Foundation
  • Former Chair, American Judicature Society, Center for Judicial Ethics, National Advisory Committee
  • Board of Directors, American Judicature Society
  • Chair, American Bar Association, National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation
  • State Judge Member, Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association, Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts
  • Member, American Bar Association, Appellate Judges Conference, Executive committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Client Protection
  • Member, American Bar Association, Judicial Division, Ethics and Professionalism Committee[4]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Holland received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.67, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.35 that justices received in Delaware. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

See also

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