ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Justice Randy J. Holland has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. The award will be presented at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in October, which will be hosted by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Holland is a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court and is the youngest person ever appointed to the court, having been recommended to the governor in 1986 by a bipartisan merit selection committee. In 2011, he was reappointed for an unprecedented third 12-year term.
Long active in the American Inns of Court, Holland served as the organization's president and is a founding member of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, which presents a professionalism award in his name. He is co-chair of the National Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Conduct. He chaired the ABA National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation; served on the ABA Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts; the Standing Committee on Client Protection; the Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee; and has chaired the Delaware Judges’ Code of Conduct Revision Committee for more than two decades.
Holland has been recognized as one of the top 100 influencers of business ethics in the United States. He has traveled internationally to advance professionalism and ethics. He has worked with the Chief Justice of Taiwan and visited there to speak on these topics. With Holland’s encouragement, Taiwan adopted the ABA’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Holland gave the annual COMBAR Lecture at Gray’s Inn in England and addressed differences between the ethical obligations of an attorney in the European Union and the United States for protecting confidential communications. Holland recently chaired a professionalism program at the Qatar International Rule of Law Forum. He is an honorary Master of the Bench of Lincoln’s Inn in London and an accomplished author.
A graduate of Swarthmore College, Holland earned his JD cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. He received a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University.
The Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics is awarded annually to a lawyer or judge who has rendered exemplary service in the areas of legal excellence, professionalism and ethics.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.