About the Center


The Holloran Center’s mission is to provide innovative interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, and programs focusing holistically on the formation of both students and practicing professionals into ethical leaders in their communities.

In fulfilling the mission, the Holloran Center seeks to address the most compelling ethical issue facing education in the professions and business: How can higher education most effectively foster the ethical professional formation of each student and practicing professional?

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, based on multi-year empirical studies of higher education for clergy, lawyers, engineers, nurses, physicians, and business majors finds that “In every field we studied, we concluded that the most overlooked aspect of professional preparation was the formation of a professional identity with a moral core of responsibility around which the habits of mind and practice could be organized.” (Carnegie 2010). Ethical leadership in the professions rests on a foundation of an ethical professional identity.

Our Growing National Reputation

The Holloran Center is one of 13 national centers in law schools devoted to ethics and professionalism that is recognized by the American Bar Association's (ABA) Center for Professional Responsibility. The Center’s national impact continues to increase. John Berry, former chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Professionalism Committee and past-winner of the ABA’s highest award, the Michael Franck Award for Professionalism, recently commented on the work of the Center:

The Holloran Center’s greatest contribution is in uniting the best of legal research and analysis with a real down-to-earth desire to find ways to impact the legal profession and its lawyer participants in a positive way.

The research conducted by the Holloran Center is the most important that can be done for the future of our profession. It matters little if we have smarter and more skilled lawyers if we do not find a way to also make sure they are ethical and motivated in all they do with a well-formed professional identity and orientation toward service. The Holloran Center is leading the way.

The Thomas Holloran Legacy