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Henry Ridgely
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Court Information:
Delaware Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Ruth Ann Minner
Active:   2004-1/31/2015
Past post:   Judge, Superior Court of Delaware
Past term:   1984-2004
Past post 2:   Attorney and partner, Ridgely & Ridgely
Past term 2:   1973-1984
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Syracuse University, 1971
Law School:   The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1973
Grad. School:   George Washington University National Law Center, 1974

Henry duPont Ridgely was an associate justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the court in the state's assisted appointment method of judicial selection by Governor Ruth Ann Minner on July 22, 2004.[1] He retired on January 31, 2015.[2]


Ridgely received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Syracuse University in 1971. He earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1973. He then completed his LL.M. in corporation law from George Washington University National Law Center in 1974.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2000: Judicial Professionalism and Civility Award, American Board of Trial Advocates, Delaware Chapter
  • 1997: Chief Justice's Award for Outstanding Judicial Service
  • 1993: Award for Outstanding Service in Adopting and Implementing Standards Relating to Juror Use and Management, American Bar Association and National Center for State Courts


  • 2010: Honorary Doctor of Laws, Widener University School of Law
  • Executive committee, American Bar Association, Judicial Division, Appellate Judges
  • Leadership council, American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Adjunct professor, George Washington University Law School
  • Advisory council, American Judicature Society
  • Advisory board, George Washington University Law School, Center for Law, Economics & Finance
  • Advisor, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee
  • Chair, Delaware Supreme Court, e-Filing Committee
  • Chair, Delaware Supreme Court, Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Health
  • Chair-elect of the National Conference of State Trial Judges
  • Co-chair, Delaware Criminal Justice Council, Committee on Racial and Ethnic Fairness
  • Former co-chair, American Bar Association, Judicial Division, Court Technology Committee
  • Former Trustee, American Inns of Court
  • Former president, Terry-Carey American Inn of Court, 1996-1998
  • Former Member, American Judicature Society, Board of Directors
  • Member, Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court
  • Member, American Judicature Society, National Advisory Council
  • Member, Federal-State Judicial Council of Delaware
  • Member, Terry-Carey American Inn of Court
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, National Conference of State Trial Judges
  • Member, American Bar Association, House of Delegates[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Ridgely received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.67, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.35 that justices received in Delaware. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[3]

See also

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