General Counsel and Associate Executive Director of Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Holly Hollman is the general counsel and associate executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., which upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. Hollman provides 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 the Baptist Joint Committee’s publication, 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.
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 the Baptist Joint Committee, 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.