Laura Hollis, JD

Associate Teaching Professor

Laura  Hollis, JD

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Endowed Position

Laura L. Hollis


Laura (Hirschfeld) Hollis, a native of Champaign, Illinois, received her bachelor’s degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She now holds faculty appointments in the Mendoza College of Business and the Law School at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in business law and entrepreneurship. Her expertise is in entrepreneurship, economic development, and public policy. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Hollis was Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame. She held joint appointments in Engineering and Business at the University of Illinois from 2000 – 2010. She was a tenured professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy, and a visiting professor of law at Michigan State University. In addition to her legal publications, Professor Hollis has been a freelance political writer for almost 30 years, and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate since 2014. She is married to Jess Hollis, an on-air personality with WZOC 94.3 FM, and they have two children, Alistair and Celeste.

Areas of Expertise



Economic Development and Public Policy

Technology Commercialization

Politics and Culture


JD, Notre Dame Law School

BA, University of Notre Dame


Business law

Entrepreneurial Sales Management

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Legal Issues for Business

Management Competencies

Business Law

Law and the Entrepreneur (LAW 70905)


Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (MGTE/BAEN)


""Why - and how - law schools need to teach entrepreneurship"", Kauffman Foundation (, n/a, 2011.

""Third-Party Subpoenas: A Multi-State Survey"", Legal Research Network, Inc., n/a, 1998.

""Law and Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of Law-Related Works" edited by Elizabeth Villiers Gemmette", Whitson Publishing, n/a, 1998.

""Legal Drugs? Not Without Legal Reform: The Impact of Drug Legalization on Employers Under Current Theories of Enterprise Liability"", Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 7, 1998.

""Non-Party Subpoenas: A National Survey"", Legal Research Network, Inc., n/a, 1996.

""'Apex Depositions' and Protective Orders: A Nationwide Survey"", Legal Research Network, n/a, 1995.

""The $50,000 Question: Does Supplemental Jurisdiction Extend to Claims Between Diverse Parties Which Do Not Meet 1332's Amount-in-Controversy Requirement?"", Temple Law Review, 68, 1994.


"Finding a Career You Love", ""How to Find a Career You Love"" (February 14, 2015).

Catholic Citizens of Illinois monthly meeting, ""Science and Morality: The Unspoken Connection"" (May 10, 2013).

GCEC Annual Meeting, ""Entrepreneurship Center Development"" (October 2011).

USASBE Annual Meeting, ""Curricular and Collaborative Opportunities in Entrepreneurship Education for Law Schools"" (January 2011).

ALSB Annual Meeting, ""Entrepreneurial Policy Design"" (August 2009).

Conference on Entrepreneurship and Global Impact, ""Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship Education: Translational Outreach to Faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences"" (October 2007).

GCEC Annual Meeting, ""Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Engaging Faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences"" (October 2007).

Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminar, ""The ABCs of Some Recent Cases: ASCAP, BMI and CBS"" (December 6, 1990).

Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminar, ""Works Made for Hire: The Supreme Court Jumps Into the Fray"" (December 14, 1989).