Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, D. C. 20543
CHAMBERS OF JUSTICE ANTHONY M. KENNEDY
March 24, 2004
The Honorable Randy J. Holland
Supreme Court of Delaware
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
Congratulations as you complete your second term as President of the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation.
The dynamic success of the Inns of Court is one of the most important developments in the legal profession in our own time. The vision of its founders was that judges and lawyers together could make a significant contribution to improving civility and to renewing the commitment to excellence in our profession. Their vision has been fully justified. The American Inns of Court have made a difference, and so have you.
Randy, your leadership exemplifies all of the high ideals of the Inns, and you deserve great credit for their continued success. I most appreciate your patience and courtesy in considering suggestions that some of us have made from time to time and for implementing them so skillfully. Your own career and your fine professional demeanor show that the idea of the Inns of Court can also be the reality.
Thank you for your leadership and for your great contribution to the Rule of Law. With expressions of appreciation and great admiration, I remain
One response to “Justice Anthony Kennedy Letter: March 24, 2004”
For those of us outside the legal profession, the popular media has emphasized a political agenda or split among the US Supreme Court Justices and among State Supreme Court Justices. However, this communication of Justice Kennedy to Justice Holland shows a need for and respect for the mission of the Inns of Court which in Justice Kennedy’s opinion was advanced nationally under Justice Holland’s leadership, making a difference in the respect for and devotion to the Rule of Law in the legal process of our Country. As evidenced by written communications with other US Justices, Justice Holland’s leadership crossed whatever political divide that exists to prevail in the devotion to the higher principles of the Rule of Law. And, this is a person who was as comfortable speaking with people of all walks of life as he was with Supreme Court Justices of the United States. His career had impacts throughout the Country, and indeed , thought out the world.