Laura Hirschfeld 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 28 years, the past 23 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has nearly 15 years' experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences. Her scholarly interests include entrepreneurship and public policy, economic development, technology commercialization and general business law. She has also served as Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame and spent 10 years as an instructor and administrator in entrepreneurship centers in engineering and business at the University of Illinois.
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 since 1993, writing for The Detroit News, HOUR Detroit magazine, Townhall.com and the Christian Post, on matters of politics and culture. She is a frequent public speaker.
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 live in Indiana with their two children, Alistair and Celeste.