Justice Holland’s New Textbook Looks at State Constitutional Law
Web Editor - Published: May 6, 2010
HollandBookCoverDelaware Supreme Court Justice and Widener Law adjunct Randy J. Holland co-authored the recently released State Constitutional Law: the Modern Experience, published by West as part of the American Casebook series. Justice Holland’s co-authors on the new textbook include Sixth Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton and law professors Stephen R. McAllister of the University of Kansas and Jeffrey M. Shaman of DePaul University.

The book examines all fifty state constitutions, placing emphasis on how state constitutions relate to the federal Constitution. Most constitutional law classes focus on the United States constitution, and students are rarely taught about state constitutional laws. The new book examines how the U.S. Constitution frames a legal issue before discussing how state constitutions deal with similar issues. In some cases, provisions in state constitutions that have no federal parallel are examined.

With the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States recently passing a resolution encouraging all law schools to offer a course on state constitutional law, the new book takes on even greater significance. Former Delaware Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey, who wrote the book’s introduction, called it an “epic work,” and said, “It should become the teaching basis for such classes in all law schools.”

The youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, Justice Randy J. Holland has taught a class on the Delaware constitution at Widener Law for the past 15 years. First appointed to the court in 1986, Justice Holland was reappointed and unanimously confirmed for a second twelve-year term in January 1999. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also earned a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University School of Law.