Board Members Matt Fogg, Julie Pezzner, Gary Baker and Cassandra Roberts flank the newly unveiled charter, joined by Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald Lemons, and Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland, for whom the Workers Compensation Inn is named.
The Inn of Court dinner honoring Justice Randy J. Holland was held at my law firm, Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP , in its North Rotunda.
The Inaugural Dinner for the Randy J. Holland Workers' Compensation Inn of Court was held November 13, 2013.
NJ comp lawyer Frank Petro of Atlantic City presents the ceremonial bucket of salt water taffy to the Holland Inn to insure its "sweet success"
Delaware—when it comes to the practice of workers’ compensation, we are so much more than a small state with a small bar membership. In fact, one might say that workers’ compensation is big business in DE, which boasts a comp bar of the highest commitment level and caliber (I know, I am just a tad biased). Last evening a national record was broken for the American Inns of Court with the inaugural meeting of Delaware’s newly-established Randy J. Holland Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court. With a starting membership of 109, representing approximately 85% of the Delaware workers compensation bar, the Holland Inn has the distinction of being the Inn with the largest inaugural membership of all of the American Inns of Court. And believe it or not, we have a wait list.
The First State has six other Inns of Court: Richard S. Rodney, Terry Carey, Melson Arsht, Carpenter Walsh Delaware Pro Bono, Richard K. Herrmann Technology, and Delaware Bankruptcy. The purpose of the Inns of Court is to promote the following in the legal profession: legal excellence, civility, professionalism and ethics. This is accomplished in large part through fellowship and mentorship (dinner, followed by a program, which has CLE credit value).
Justice Randy J. Holland was the youngest attorney ever to be appointed to the DE Supreme Court Bench and he has the further distinction of being the sole jurist appointed to a third (12-year) term by our Governor. The creation of an Inn of Court dedicated to fostering excellence in practice specifically with regard to workers’ compensation was the brainchild of Justice Holland, as implemented through the efforts of founding Board members Matthew Fogg, Gary Baker, Julie Pezzner and yours truly.
The next meeting of the Randy J. Holland Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court will take place at the offices of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP on Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This is a huge deal for us work comp lawyers. No longer are we “the low rung of the civil litigation ladder”, to borrow from NJ comp practitioner Frank Petro, who was a featured speaker at our inaugural. (Only in Delaware could the guest speaker refer to a Supreme Court Justice as a “stud” and be embraced for his wit and candor). Mr. Petro also came bearing a gift from his native Atlantic City—a 15 lb. bucket of salt water taffy offered “For the sweet, sweet success of your Inn”.
The honor and gravitas of having our Inn bear Justice Holland’s name cannot be overstated, if you ask me. Some would say we have arrived…… and indeed we have…. in a Bentley.
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