Hamline News

New School of Law Dean


Hamline University is pleased to announce that it has named Jean Holloway as dean of the Hamline School of Law. In this role, Holloway will be responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction to the School of Law's academic and related programs, leading the recruitment and retention efforts of the school, managing its fiscal resources, leading its fundraising efforts, and serving as a university officer in collaborative work on governance, strategic planning, fund development, and institutional assessments.

Holloway brings nearly 30 years of legal expertise, including extensive leadership of complex organizations such as Medtronic and CR Bard, experience in corporate and private practice, strategic plan development and execution, and fiscal management expertise. She also has significant fundraising experience, has board chair experience, has served as president for two local bar associations, and remained closely involved in legal education. Holloway has very strong academic credentials, holding two bachelor’s degrees from Yale University and a joint MBA and JD from the University of Chicago.

Holloway comes to Hamline from CR Bard, Inc., a global medical device manufacturer, where she served as vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Prior to that, she served as vice president and deputy general counsel for Medtronic, and before that was vice president for Boston Scientific and Guidant. She also has experience as a partner at Faegre & Benson, a strategic business consultant at McKinsey & Company, and a partner at Dorsey & Whitney.

"Jean Holloway's leadership roles in complex institutions both in the public and private sectors, her skill to work creatively with diverse constituencies, and her demonstrated record of success in the practice and business of law led to our decision that she would contribute significantly to advancing Hamline University's School of Law,” Hamline President Dr. Linda Hanson said. “We are delighted Dean Holloway will bring her considerable knowledge and passion for developing new approaches to legal education to our expanding vision for our master's in law program, strengthening the institutes in dispute resolution, health law and business law, and delivering legal education more effectively and affordably."

 “The university and the law school have a long tradition of academic innovation, hands-on, practical learning, and public service," Holloway said. "I look forward to working closely with the excellent faculty, staff, and students, and the university's committed leadership to provide high quality and innovative legal education and programs. I am especially excited about building on Hamline Law’s unique strength in developing practice-ready, problem-solving lawyers through challenging and personalized experiential learning programs.”

Jean Holloway will begin her duties at Hamline on Monday, January 6, 2014. With outgoing law dean Donald Lewis stepping down from his role on December 31, 2013, there will be a nearly seamless transition with leadership in the School of Law.