Holly Hollman is general counsel and associate executive director of BJC, providing legal analysis of church-state issues that arise before Congress, the courts and administrative agencies. Her work includes preparing friend-of-the-court briefs, issue briefings for congressional staff and presentations for research institutions and religious groups. She consults regularly with churches, individuals and organizations about religious liberty issues and writes a column for BJC’s magazine, Report from the Capital. Hollman often discusses matters relating to church-state relations with members of the media and has appeared in numerous publications and broadcasts. She is the co-host of BJC’s Respecting Religion podcast series.
Hollman also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she co-teaches the Church-State Law Seminar.
Prior to her work at BJC, Hollman was an attorney in private practice specializing in employment law and litigation. She practiced in firms in Nashville, Tennessee, and in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court and state of Tennessee bars.
Hollman earned a B.A. in politics from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review and the National Moot Court Team.
Hollman and her husband, Jay Smith, have two sons and live in Falls Church, Virginia.
Learn more about Holly in her BJC staff Q&A.
Working in the Courts
BJC Podcast series: Respecting Religion, co-hosted by Holly Hollman and Amanda Tyler
Video with Holly: Is the United States a ‘Christian nation’?
Podcast: Amicus: Playground of Liberty
Holly spoke to Dahlia Lithwick on Slate’s podcast, to discuss BJC’s amicus brief in the case
Working for Religious Freedom
Holly is featured in this CBS program