Posted: May 27, 2003


Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland will be presented with the Herbert Harley Award, the American Judicature Society’s premier state award, on Thursday, June 5, during Delaware’s Bench & Bar Conference at the Wyndham Hotel in Wilmington.

The Herbert Harley Award, named after the founder of AJS, is reserved for individuals who make outstanding efforts and contributions that substantially improve the administration of justice in their states.

Past Delaware recipients of the Harley Award include: former Chief Justice Daniel L. Herrmann; former Gov. Pierre S. du Pont; former federal Judge Collins J. Seitz; Victor F. Battaglia Sr.; former Gov. Elbert N. Carvel; Louis L. Redding; Dean Anthony J. Santoro; former Justice Joseph T. Walsh; Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr.; Carl Schnee; Bruce M. Stargatt; O. Francis Biondi; and former Justice William T. Quillen.

Holland served as a director of the American Judicature Society, with his term ending on May 2, 2002. As a director, he chaired the advisory committee to the Society’s National Center for Judicial Ethics. He is president of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He also is on the executive committee of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Judges Conference. He chairs the ABA Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation and is a member of the American Law Institute. He has been a visiting professor at several law schools and has received numerous awards, including the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association and the 2002 Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. 

Holland has served on the five-member Delaware Supreme Court since 1986. He graduated from Swarthmore College and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received an award for legal ethics. He also holds a master of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.   

William D. Johnston, AJS board member and immediate past president of the Delaware State Bar Association, describes Holland as “both a visionary and a ‘get it done’ person who has contributed and is contributing immeasurably to the administration of justice in Delaware.” 

Founded in 1913, AJS is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a national membership of judges, lawyers and other citizens that works to improve the administration of justice and protect judicial independence. Through research, educational programs, publications, and videos, AJS focuses primarily on judicial selection, judicial ethics, the jury, court administration, judicial independence, and public understanding of the justice system.