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New fellowship to help bolster legal aid in First State

Jan 25, 2018

A newly announced fellowship seeks to make legal support more readily available to low-income families and victims of domestic violence.


The Combined Campaign for Justice and the Delaware Community Foundation are launching the Holland Fellowship, named for former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland - who retired last year.

“The Holland Fellowship was created by people in the legal community, first of all, wanting to honor Randy Holland, former Judge Randy Holland, for his long tenure caring for and teaching about the importance of serving low-income people through the legal community,” said Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the DCF.

 

Comstock-Gay says the fellowship will place an attorney at one of Delaware’s three civil legal aid groups for two years at a time. Those organizations - Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. and Legal Services Corporation of Delaware - will take turns hosting a Holland Fellow.

The Holland Family Law Chair Endowment Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation is paying for the fellowship.  That fund has already reached its goal of $2.2 million and continues to take in donations.

 

Randy Holland retired from the Delaware Supreme Court in March 2017 after serving more than 30 years on the state’s highest bench.