On Wednesday, March 23 Governor Jack Markell congratulated Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland and Family Court Judge Kenneth M. Millman on their confirmations today. Each was confirmed by the State Senate to their third terms on their courts. Justice Holland is the first Justice in Supreme Court history to be appointed to a third term.
“Justice Holland made Delaware history today,” Markell said. “That honor could not be earned by a more committed person or quality jurist. He is a scholar of the law and legal history, and is a textbook example of the intellectual rigor and fair-mindedness that is a hallmark of the Delaware courts. Justice Holland is a great example of why Delaware’s courts have a global, and well-earned, reputation for excellence. I thank him for agreeing to continue his service.”
“Judge Millman has served Delaware well for 24 years, and we are fortunate that he has agreed to continue to serve the families of Sussex County,” Markell said. “He is a jurist who is passionate about his work and devoted to serving the best interests of children and families.”
Justice Holland was the youngest person appointed to the court and is the longest serving Supreme Court justice in state history. Holland was an attorney in private practice when he was appointed to the court. He graduated from Swarthmore College and cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. He also earned a Masters of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.
Justice Holland is the past national President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He chaired the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics. He also chaired the American Bar Association National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation. Justice Holland has also served on the ABA Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts, the Appellate Judges Conference’s Executive Committee, the Standing Committee on Client Protection and the Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Justice Holland is a member of the American Law Institute. He serves on the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors. Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence, the 2009 James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the 2003 American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award and the 2007 American Inns of Court Christensen Award. In 2004, he was elected to be an Honorary Master of the Bench by Lincoln’s Inn in London. Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the state judge member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.
Millman was an attorney in private practice before joining the court. He graduated from High Point University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a member and former Trustee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, a former member of the Permanancy Planning Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and a member of the Judicial Council for the Family Court of the State of Delaware. Millman was honored with the Professionalism Award by the Family Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. In 2004, he was the first recipient of the Shirley Cupery Award, which is given by the Delaware Child Placement Review Board for “leadership that strives for innovative and responsive services for children, harmonious and respectful resolutions to issues relating to children and relentless or inspirational advocacy on behalf of children.”