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Supreme Court Justices

The Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and four justices who are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate.

The justices are appointed for 12-year terms and must be learned in the law and citizens of Delaware. Three of the justices must represent one of the major political parties while the other two justices must be members of the other major political party.

As pictured:
   Justice Jack B. Jacobs (Retired)
   Justice Randy J. Holland
   Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr.
   Justice Carolyn Berger
   Justice Henry duPont Ridgely
  


  • Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr.
  • Justice Randy J. Holland
  • Justice Carolyn Berger
  • Justice Jack B. Jacobs
  • Justice Henry duPont Ridgely
Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr. Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr.

The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Jr. was sworn in as Chief Justice on February 28, 2014, having previously served as the Chancellor of the Court of Chancery since June 2011 and as Vice Chancellor since 1998.  Chief Justice Strine also has long-standing positions as the Austin Wakeman Scott Lecturer in Law at the Harvard Law School, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Program of Corporate Governance, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University Law Schools.  He also serves as the Special Judicial Consultant to the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association. Before joining the Court of Chancery, Chief Justice Strine was Counsel to Governor Thomas R. Carper. Before his position with Governor Carper, Chief Justice Strine served as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  

Chief Justice Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and received his Bachelor's Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware.  He was selected as a Harry S Truman Scholar and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Justice Randy J. Holland

Justice Randy J. Holland

Randy J. Holland is the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, having been recommended to the Governor by a bipartisan merit selection committee.  Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, Justice Holland was in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.  In March 2011, he was reappointed by Governor Markell and unanimously confirmed by the Senate for an unprecedented third twelve-year term.

Justice Holland graduated from Swarthmore College.  He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics.  Justice Holland received a Master 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 co-chairs the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics.  Justice Holland is a member of the American Law Institute.  He serves on the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors, and the ABA Appellate Judges Conference’s Executive Committee.  He 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 Standing Committee on Client Protection and the Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. 

Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 2012 First State Distinguished Service Award, the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence, the 2009 James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the 2007 American Inns of Court Christensen Award, the 2003 American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award, and the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association.  In 2004, he was elected to be an Honorable 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. 

Justice Holland has written, co-authored, or edited eight books:  Delaware’s Destiny Determined By Lewes (2013); Delaware Corporation Law, Selected Cases (2011 Chinese (Taiwan) only); State Constitutional Law, the Modern Experience, co-author (West 2010); Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution, co-author (Thomson-West 2007); Appellate Practice and Procedure, co-author (West 2005); The Delaware Constitution:  A Reference Guide (Greenwood Press 2002); Delaware Supreme Court:  Golden Anniversary (2001), co-editor; and The Delaware Constitution of 1897 – The First One Hundred Years, co-editor.  He has also published several law review articles, primarily dealing with judicial ethics and legal history. 

His current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends March 27, 2023.

Justice Carolyn Berger

Justice Carolyn Berger

The Honorable Carolyn Berger became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware on July 22, 1994.

Prior to her appointment on the Supreme Court, Justice Berger was a Vice Chancellor for the Delaware Court of Chancery from 1984 to 1994. Justice Berger received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Rochester in 1969. She received a Masters in Elementary Education in 1971 from Boston University School of Education and her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law in 1976. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University School of Law in 1996.

From 1979 to 1984, Justice Berger was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She also worked as an associate at Prickett, Ward, Burt & Sanders for a year. From 1976 to 1979, Justice Berger was a Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice. Justice Berger served as an Associate Member on the Board of Bar Examiners, as President and Vice President of the Milton & Hattie Kutz Home, as a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Junior League of Wilmington and on the Board of Directors with the Jewish Federation and the Delaware Region National Conference of Christians & Jews. She is currently a member of the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute and the Rodney Inn of Court.

Her current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends in July 2018.

Justice Carolyn Berger

Justice Jack B. Jacobs (Retired)

Before his appointment as a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in 2003, Jack B. Jacobs served as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery since October 1985, after having practiced corporate and business litigation in Wilmington, Delaware since 1968. Justice Jacobs holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago (B.A., 1964, Phi Beta Kappa), a law degree from Harvard University (LLB., 1967), and an LLD (Hon.) from Widener University (2011).

In addition to his judicial activities, Justice Jacobs serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Law Schools of New York University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and Widener University.  Justice Jacobs is a member of the American Law Institute, where he served as an Advisor to its Restatement (Third) of Restitution, and currently, as an Advisor to its Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance.  He is also a member of the Delaware and American Bar Associations (where he served on the Committee on Corporate Laws of the ABA Business Law Section), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance Advisory Board. 

Justice Jacobs has participated in academic symposia and continuing legal education programs related to corporate and securities law sponsored by various law schools and Continuing Legal Education organizations.  He has guest lectured at numerous American and foreign law schools. Justice Jacobs has delivered (among others) the Distinguished Jurist Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (March 2002); the Regent's Lecture in Residence at the UCLA School of Law (January 2005); the Morrison  &  Foerster Lecture at Stanford Law School (February 2008); the William J. Brennan Lecture at NYU School of Law (February 2009); and was the Distinguished Visiting Jurist at the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Program (2008).  He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Planning Committee of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute. 

Justice Jacobs has also been an invited guest speaker in various conferences, including those sponsored by the Asian Corporate Governance Association (Hong Kong, October 2003); the Korea Development Institute (Seoul, Korea, November 2004); the University of Tokyo (Japan, November 2005 and June 2010); the OECD (Stockholm, Sweden, March 2006); the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2006); the Australian Law Council (Sydney Australia, April 2008), and conferences in Israel co-sponsored by Columbia Law School (2008) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (2010).  Justice Jacobs has also authored (and co-authored) numerous law review articles addressing various aspects of corporation law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.   

His current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends June 4, 2015.

Justice Carolyn Berger

Justice Henry duPont Ridgely

The Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware on July 22, 2004. From 1984 until his appointment as a Justice, he served as a general jurisdiction trial judge on the Superior Court of Delaware. From 1990 until 2004, he was the President Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware.

Justice Ridgely received his B.S. in Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1971, his J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1973, and his LL.M. in Corporation Law from George Washington University Law School in 1974. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University School of Law in 2010. Before being appointed to the bench, he was a partner in the firm of Ridgely and Ridgely in Dover, Delaware. At the time of his appointment as a Justice in 2004, Justice Ridgely was the Chair-Elect of the National Conference of State Trial Judges.

Justice Ridgely is a Member of the American Law Institute, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the National Conference of State Trial Judges, a Member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, a Member of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges Conference of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, a Member of the American Inns of Court Leadership Council, a former Trustee of the American Inns of Court, a Member of the National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society and a former Member of the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors. He serves as a Judicial Advisor to the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Justice Ridgely is the Chair of the Delaware Supreme Court's e-Filing Committee and previously served as Co-Chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Court Technology Committee. In 2005 the Delaware Supreme Court became the first appellate court in the nation to implement electronic filing of appeals. He is the Chair of the Delaware Courts Automation Project. Justice Ridgely is the Co-Chair of the Delaware Supreme Court Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Health. In 2010, the Task Force issued a Strategic Plan for Delaware which was endorsed by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council. He also is the Co-Chair of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Fairness. In 2010, the Council was the first in the nation to adopt a Declaration of Leading Practices to Protect Civil Rights and Promote Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal Justice System.

Justice Ridgely is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance of the George Washington University. He is a Charter Member and former President of the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, and a Charter Member of the Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court. He was presented the American Bar Association's and National Center for State Courts' Award for Outstanding Service in Adopting and Implementing Standards Relating to Juror Use and Management in 1993. In 2000 the American Board of Trial Advocates - Delaware Chapter presented him its Award for Judicial Professionalism and Civility. In 1997 and in 2011 he received the Chief Justice of Delaware’s Award for Outstanding Judicial Service.

His current term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware ends July 22, 2016.