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DE Justice Holland Receiving Prestigious Ethics Award


GEORGETOWN, Del. (WBOC) - The past year has been one of significant change on the Delaware State Supreme Court. The Court has two new justices - out of five - including a new chief justice.

In all that change, there's been a constant in Delaware's longest serving justice, Randy Holland.

This weekend Justice Holland is receiving an extremely prestigious award.

At an event held at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC, the American Inns of Court will present him with the Lewis F. Powell Award for Professionalism and Ethics for his work to improve professionalism, civility and ethics in courtrooms nationwide.

Justice Holland says professionalism and civility in the courtroom help preserve one of this nation's fundamental principles - the rule of law.

"Respect for the rule of law really requires respect for the process. You need to respect lawyers, who are the center of the process," he said.

Not only is Justice Holland the longest-serving justice in Delaware history - he was first appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 - he also holds the distinction of having been the youngest person ever appointed to the Court.

Justice Holland says he's been interested in legal ethics throughout that time, throughout his entire legal career.

For example, a 1993 case, Paramount v. QVC, had major implications for corporate law in America, but Justice Holland says its importance went past that.

"The three justices went out of their way to attach an an addendum criticizing the professional behavior of a Texas lawyer and pointing out how it was unacceptable and would not be tolerated in Delaware. That addendum has become a teaching instrument in law schools across the country on how lawyers should conduct themselves."

Justice Holland says this topic is something that should matter not just to judges and lawyers but to the average person.

"If you have someone leave a courtroom, especially a family courtroom, and you want them to voluntarily comply with a decision they may not like, they have to go away feeling that they were treated fairly," he said.

Click here to read more about Justice Holland and the award.

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