Laura L. Hollis is a native of Champaign, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is presently on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in business law and entrepreneurship.
Professor Hollis’ career as an attorney has spanned 27 years, the past 22 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has over a decade of experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences. Her specific expertise is in entrepreneurship and public policy, technology commercialization, economic development, and general business law. Prior to her faculty appointments at Notre Dame, Professor Hollis served as Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship there. She spent ten years at the University of Illinois as Program Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center in the College of Engineering, and Associate Director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business.
Professor Hollis began her academic career at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she was a tenured professor of law. She later served as visiting professor of law at Michigan State University Law School. In addition to her legal publications in the Temple Law Review, Cardozo Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, she has been a freelance political writer for The Detroit News and HOUR Detroit magazine. She is a columnist for Townhall.com and the Christian Post.
Professor Hollis has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, community service and contributions to entrepreneurship education. She is married to Jess Hollis, a musician, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and they have two children, Alistair and Celeste.