John F. Hollway C’92, the founder of a consulting firm specializing in criminal justice reform research projects, has been named the first Executive Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he will also serve as an Associate Dean.
Hollway, an attorney who attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, is the author of an award-winning book about a pivotal exoneration case that resulted in an important Supreme Court decision. He brings both fundraising and significant management experience to the task of establishing the Quattrone Center as a national research and policy hub focused on long-term improvements to the U.S. criminal justice system.
The interdisciplinary Center, which builds on the Law School’s strength in the area of criminal justice, was established earlier this year, with an initial $15 million gift from The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation. A national search for the Center’s Academic Director is underway.
A 1995 graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Hollway began his career in the litigation section of the Philadelphia law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. From 1997 to 2011, he worked in a variety of senior management and leadership roles in the health care and pharmaceutical industries, where his responsibilities included business development, operations, strategy, and corporate development.
Hollway is the author of Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom, which covered the case of John Thompson, a Louisiana Death Row inmate who was exonerated and freed after 18 years in prison. Thompson was the plaintiff in the pivotal Supreme Court decision, Connick v. Thompson. Killing Time won the National Independent Book Award for non-fiction in 2011, and was one of the Chicago Sun-Times’ Best Books of the Year in 2010.
In 2012, Hollway founded Hollway Advisory Services, a consulting firm specializing in criminal justice reform research projects, including the California Wrongful Convictions Project, which is identifying and measuring the costs of all wrongful convictions in California state and federal courts.
“I am excited to help launch the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice,” said Hollway. “The Center’s mission – sponsoring innovative, interdisciplinary research that leads to real-world improvements in the criminal justice system – is perfectly suited to the strengths of Penn Law and the University of Pennsylvania as a whole. Here, we can combine cutting edge legal theory with novel insights from global thought leaders in medicine, engineering, social work, criminology, psychology, forensic sciences, and other disciplines, generating data-driven recommendations to help ensure that ‘justice for all’ is not just a slogan.”
Hollway is an experienced fundraiser, having raised over $375 million from a variety of venture capital, government, and foundation sources over the course of his career. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Northern California Innocence Project and is a former President of the Mural Arts Advocates, a non-profit corporation supporting the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Hollway graduated from Penn in 1992 with a BA in Diplomatic History and a minor in East Asian Studies.