Posted: March 26, 2004

Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court has received a high and rare honor from a prestigious and centuries-old lawyer organization in England.  He is only the third American judge to recently receive this prestigious award.  The other two are United States Supreme Court justices. 

Lincoln's Inn of London, England, announced that Justice Holland, who is also the current national President of the American Inns of Court, has been elected an Honorary Master of the Bench. The Honorary "Benchers" are persons of distinction selected from common law countries around the world.  The only American judges to receive this high recognition and distinction are Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court and now Justice Holland.  

In commenting upon Justice Holland's election, William Blair, a distinguished Barrister, President of the Commercial Bar Association in England, and brother of Prime Minister Tony Blair, stated "We feel that this is an important mark of friendship between the Inns of Court of England and the American Inns of Court.  What is most gratifying for us is that the common aims of the organization are ethics, civility, professionalism and legal excellence—which are surely more necessary now than ever.  My fellow Benchers were greatly impressed by Justice Holland's distinguished judicial record." 

Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey of the Delaware Supreme Court commented that "this great honor bestowed upon Justice Holland is another example of the outstanding reputation of the Delaware Judiciary both nationally and internationally.  This award follows the Delaware Courts' selection by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the third year in succession as the best judiciary in the nation.  We are extremely proud of all of our judges and are particularly proud of Justice Holland for receiving this high honor." 

Lincoln's Inn is the oldest of the four Inns of Court in London.  Its formal records date back continuously to 1422.  For six centuries, the Inns of Court in London have educated English trial lawyers, who are known as Barristers. 

St. Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, joined Lincoln's Inn in 1496.  The chapel bell at Lincoln's Inn came from Spain in 1596 as part of the spoils of Cadiz.  When Dr. John Donne was Preacher to Lincoln's Inn in 1624, he wrote his famous poem "for whom the bell tolls."